I guess I'm learning something here.I should mention that If I do shoot one it gets cleaned and normally fouled with one round before it goes into the safe. When I grab one out of the safe it is ready to be loaded and shot or hunted with.
A lot of rifles will not shoot the same zero when they are cleaned. Shooting a fouling shot returns them to your zero. All of mine get a fouling shot after cleaning, except my cowboy action guns.I guess I'm learning something here.
Why would you clean it and then foul it, even with just one round, before storing it?
task,I clean my Remington 1100 semi-auto pretty regularly or I get cycling problems, mainly failure to fully eject a shell (stove-piping the spent shell). This is particularly bad with light target loads. With the #4 Winchester Super X I shoot for actual game I almost never have that problem. I also carry spare O-rings for it, since that's its weak link.
The rest of my guns I clean once a year. But lately on camping/hunting trips I've started carrying a small cleaning kit with a break-down cleaning rod I picked up on sale from Murdoch's on sale one day. I had a bad fall on a steep descent that gave way under me this past hunting season and I fouled my rifle barrel. It was really cold, and I got snow and mud frozen onto and a little bit into the barrel. It wasn't much, but because it froze in there, I couldn't get it out and it wouldn't have been safe to shoot. I like the peace of mind of having a rod, some patches, and brushes with me at all times as well as a small can of One Shot and some swabs.
For cleaning I have all the usual gear: rods, patches, jags, etc. But I have to say the easiest thing I've ever used is a Bore Snake. Those things are magic. The only bad thing IMO is with the "standard" (brushes/patches) option, you're throwing out most of the junk with the patches. With a bore snake it tends to accumulate, so I keep mind in a ziploc.
CC,A lot of rifles will not shoot the same zero when they are cleaned. Shooting a fouling shot returns them to your zero. All of mine get a fouling shot after cleaning, except my cowboy action guns.
depends on when it is cleaned. cleaned right before the season, foul it. cleaned after season, I don't foul it.CC,
I agree that "A lot of rifles will not shoot the same zero when they are cleaned. "
But I store mine clean and then take a fouling shot when I take them out the next year to start confirming zero and practicing with them.
To me, that seems better than storing them fouled for a few months.
What do you think?
I have one of those (eberlestock with scabbard) this year to try out but I didn't last year. Up until now I've been shooting with a muzzle brake. I haven't wanted to mummify it with tape, it felt a lot more drastic than just the patch-over-the-end a lot of folks go with. This year to accommodate the scabbard I may remove it though and do just that. Not because of the tape - it's mostly to save the 1.5" the thing adds. But that's a nice additional feature...task,
I always put tape on the end of my barrel. But I use an eberlestock pack and it always has pine needles in the bottom of the scabbard, I don't want them in my barrel, so I tape no matter what the weather or season.