Tape the end of your barrel !

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by jbo, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. jbo

    jbo Well-Known Member

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    Watching a hunting program and noticed the guy
    had tape on the end of barrel to prevent dirt, rain
    etc. Wouldn't that effect the accuracy or presure somewhat? Does anyone do this?


    Makes no sence to me.......
     
  2. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Lots of hunters do that. Unless you wrap the whole roll of tape around your muzzle it won't have any impact.

    But it will keep dirt, rain, and twigs from getting into your barrel or chamber.

    I was black bear hunting with my buddy once and when he went to chamber a cartridge he couldn't close the bolt. We'd been busting through some alders. A small piece of twig had dropped down the muzzle and was lodged in the chamber.

    I always tape. When I chamber my rounds, the bolt always closes. lightbulb
     

  3. padd54

    padd54 Well-Known Member

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    I use small balloons.
     
  4. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    +1

    I like them for black powder also (Even if it's not raining it helps keep the powder dry
    in hi humidity. And if you cant find cheep balloons a condom will work but be prepaired
    for some harassing by other camp mates.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  5. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

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    A small water baloon would be a good idea. Think alot of folks with muzzle brakes do that. I've just used one strip of electrical tape with one end folded over on the left side so that I can reach up with my left hand and pull it off quickly if I'm concerned about precision and the impact the electrical tape may or may not have for a long range shot--1/2 second and the tape is off.

    Have heard of way too many stories of lost chances on game, etc. or dangerous situations due to debris making it into the barrel not to find some way to cover the muzzle. Shot an elk at 60yds last year and a muley at 100 this year with the tape on--both dead one shot. Elk from 2 seasons ago was a prone, dial the turret shot (for me at 450yds) and the tape came off for that one. Just my experience.
     
  6. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    I take the tape off if I have the luxury of time. No big deal.

    If not, I blow it free, muzzle brake and all. I have yet to have anyone document that two wraps of 3M electrical tape affects their group size or POI at any range.
     
  7. nfhjr62

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    During WW2 soldiers would use condoms over the end of barrel during a landing operiation and when it was wet and muddy
     
  8. jbo

    jbo Well-Known Member

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    I can almost hear the cashier now.........

    " Man needs extra small condom's check out counter #3."

    No thanks, I'll go with the ballon's :D
     
  9. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    Well thats just great. Now, after reading this post I need to verify my trajectory with a ballon on my barrel.
     
  10. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    I suspect the condoms will shoot straighter...
     
  11. Gettn2

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    The tape will blow off before the bullet ever gets there.

    They make small muzzle covers and sell them in the Black Powder section of your sporting goods stores. I have used them ... they work great. They are black and slightly shorter than a standard balloon.
     
  12. jimbo300

    jimbo300 Well-Known Member

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    I have used electrical tape and it works fine, but I have used balloons for more than 20 yrs now. The balloons work great. The 7" balloons work best with heavier barrels and muzzle breaks.
     
  13. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    I started using electrical tape on my muzzle last year after the year prior I was getting snow in the barrel which would melt and freeze. Totally unsafe condition, not to mention numerous other times I would get dirt, twigs or other debris in my muzzle. Quite a few rifle muzzles have been blown apart in the field because of this.

    Electrical tape on your muzzle will not affect your accuracy. The tape will be blown off before the bullet gets to it. Take your rifle to the range and try it I wrap a piece right over the muzzle opening then another peice arounnd the that piece. I shot 2 antelope and a cow elk through taped muzzles last year.

    I think it makes total sense.

    -MR
     
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  14. 300WSMMAD

    300WSMMAD Well-Known Member

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    Common pratice over here in NZ,try it.

    Im surprise "muzzle baloons" or "Muzzledoms" or even "muzzle tape" has'nt been marketed yet! Surprising that nearly every other POS has been, and this pratice acuatually works well and is safe :rolleyes:

    Damit there goes another millon dollar idea again!!!

    Hmmm "patent pending" on tape or even condoms shit aye now theres a legal minefield for some lucky lawer.$$$$$$$

    BTW, maybe some clever cookie could post how much PSI there is before the bullet reaches the muzzle. I think even the highest quality tape put on by Chuck Norris wouldnt hold on! :D

    Regards 300WSMMAD