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    Ran across this article on long range shooting. I am not interested in long range hunting shots but the shoot dirty comment caught my eye. Ideas on why this is preferred?

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    A clean bore will shoot to a different location.

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    AGL nailed it. You don't want to clean the bore before a hunt for this reason. You want the bullet to impact where it was hitting at the range. Oil in the bore will influence the flight of the projectile.

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    I never go on a hunt with a cleaned barrel. I usually check for zero prior to going into the field, and leave fouling in the barrel
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    Clean my barrel with oil maybe once a year....maybe...otherwise I just bore snake it off and on.
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    A rifle bore that is fouled will typically produce increased consistency with the first cold bore shot. Sometimes I've found the difference is insignificant and sometimes it is very significant; each rifle is law unto themselves. Certainty concerning where the first shot will land from a cold bore will greatly increase any shooters confidence and anything you can do to improve that certainty will only help performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Cor15:19 View Post
    A rifle bore that is fouled will typically produce increased consistency with the first cold bore shot. Sometimes I've found the difference is insignificant and sometimes it is very significant; each rifle is law unto themselves. Certainty concerning where the first shot will land from a cold bore will greatly increase any shooters confidence and anything you can do to improve that certainty will only help performance.

    Absolutely. "Every Rifle Is Different". I have an older Model 700 that puts the first shot in the same spot as the 10th shot whether it is from a cold clean bore or the first shot 8 months after I shot it last and did not clean it.

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    A clean bore is only clean until that first round gets fired. Every round after comes from a fouled bore. It sure would take a toll on you and the gun if you cleaned every single shot so you could pattern that clean bore load. I always shoot a mag full before hunting then tape the barrel and it's ready to go. I never clean before hunting.

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