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Old 10-17-2021, 04:28 PM
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Seasoning a barrel can be Satisfying- and Frustrating



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We were shooting some .22s yesterday at the range and trying to shoot the Precision Rimfire challenge and had a very relaxing day. One thing I noticed was when I was changing ammo and started to season the barrel, how satisfying it was to watch as the barrel would season and suddenly the groups would start to get smaller and smaller until it got to where you kind of expected it to shoot.

I brought some SK Standard plus, some Eley Action, and some RWS I just received in a shipment I ordered several weeks ago. Each one shot very well, but the SK tended to have fliers in both my rifles , which was incredibly frustrating when I had a good target going.. the Eley was pretty comparable- not quite as accurate, but the fliers were fewer and not quite so wild as the SK. When I move to the RWS, it was all over the place at first- probably 2" or larger groups at first, then, after the first 10 shots it started to settle down and at about 15 seasoning shots, it was printing little cloverleafs like I had expected it would. However, in this challenge you find out real soon that those little cloverleafs can be pretty satisfying until you start to shoot one shot at each red dot and realize the real dispersion you get even with good ammo. Definitely humbling but a lot of learning going on at the same time...

In any case the ammo I was shooting would easily have resulted in deceased squirrels and sage rats , which is what these rifles mostly get used for anyway...

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Old 10-17-2021, 04:32 PM
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These are the targets we were shooting and them posting on the other site... one shot at each red dot really teaches you a lot about those little groups you shoot and what kind of dispersion you are really getting- including flyers....
Try printing some of these out and get to the range. It can be a lot of fun, but also really frustrating at the same time. It will also show you which of your favorite ammo is really accurate..

http://www.mytargets.com/target24%20...0on%20grid.pdf
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I brought some SK Standard plus, some Eley Action, and some RWS I just received in a shipment I ordered several weeks ago. Each one shot very well, but the SK tended to have fliers in both my rifles , which was incredibly frustrating when I had a good target going.. t

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Ah, yes, SK Standard Plus, just like Cracker Jacks, a surprise in every box.
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Ah, yes, SK Standard Plus, just like Cracker Jacks, a surprise in every box.
LOL....

The thing is , I really like SK Standard plus, but I'm thinking it is going to be relegated to sage rat hunting from now on....
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One dot-one shot or grid 50 or shooting for score,
I agree with you Bob, better methods of determining accuracy/precision,
than groups that wander around the point of aim.
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You clean the bore between the brands?
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No, I don't but I doubt it would make any difference anyway...
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You clean the bore between the brands?
No, I don't but I doubt it would make any difference anyway...
Oh man...you just stepped in it...prepare for incoming fire...lol
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No, I don't but I doubt it would make any difference anyway...
I quit doing that years ago. Depending on what ammo I was using and what I'm changing to I use anywhere for 5-10 shots and then start shooting groups for record. It seems to work fine for me. If someone else likes to clean the bore when changing to a different type of ammo then more power to them
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Oh man...you just stepped in it...prepare for incoming fire...lol
Yup, I put on my Nomex underwear as soon as I posted that....
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