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#6863431 - 08/21/17 07:45 AM Checking your rifles Zero before season
StephensCnty308 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
Posts: 282
Loc: Stephens county
It's that time of year again when most of us pull our hunting rifle out of the safe and take it outside to check and see if the correct Zero held over the year.
I was curious after shooting your gun do you clean it? Do you run a dry patch through it? Or do you just put it back in the safe for November as is with the current carbon build up inside?

I know there's people who never clean there guns and then there are the people who clean them all the time !
I was just curious what most of you do.

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#6863435 - 08/21/17 07:53 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
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My guess would be that many people shoot their gun throughout the year. If I clean my gun its at the end of the hunting season. You should never shoot your rifle to check zero and then clean it unless you clean it all the time.

Ill shoot next month and probably twice in October. 3-10 rounds a trip
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#6863445 - 08/21/17 08:04 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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I check my zero with a cold, clean bore. The same way it will be when I'm hunting.

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#6863585 - 08/21/17 10:01 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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I shoot almost every weekend, so if something went awry like losing my zero, I'd quickly notice. I'm also among those who say don't clean your rifle's barrel until accuracy starts going downhill. I know all of my rifles pretty well and can usually anticipate when they'll need cleaning. On some, it's well over 200 rounds and on others like my 7 mag it may be as low as 50 rounds.
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#6863593 - 08/21/17 10:09 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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One of my rifles stays put away most of the year, though I'm about to change that. The 7 Rem Mag.

January 2016 it was placed in the safe. Nov. 2016 I got it out, and mounted a scope on it. It zeroed in two shots, and shot great until February of 2017. It sat in the safe until last week, and again, it zeroed in 2 shots. Yesterday it held exactly where it should at 500, 600, 700, and 800 yards.

H-Retumbo and Berger VLD-H.

This is on a Rock Creek cut rifled barrel. Everyone else may not have the same results, of course, with a different barrel type, and different load type.
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#6863620 - 08/21/17 10:45 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Registered: 12/30/12
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I hunt year round and generally will clean the guns a few times, and check zero about once a year.
The cleaning is more for the mass of dust that gets on the guns from constant trips in the Gator more than the barrel needing cleaned. The most any of the guns need is a click or two of correction, they are generally right on.
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#6863637 - 08/21/17 10:56 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
redchevy Offline
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I will take it to the gun range and check zero. If it doesn't group as well as it should I will clean it foul it and start again. Ive been going on 4 years without cleaning the bore and it has shot great and been scope has been on every time.
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#6863640 - 08/21/17 10:59 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
StephensCnty308 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
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Loc: Stephens county
I shoot year around however I'm shooting different rifles normally!
I was just curious what most of you do.

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#6863707 - 08/21/17 11:48 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: FiremanJG]
StephensCnty308 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
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Loc: Stephens county
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
One of my rifles stays put away most of the year, though I'm about to change that. The 7 Rem Mag.

January 2016 it was placed in the safe. Nov. 2016 I got it out, and mounted a scope on it. It zeroed in two shots, and shot great until February of 2017. It sat in the safe until last week, and again, it zeroed in 2 shots. Yesterday it held exactly where it should at 500, 600, 700, and 800 yards.

H-Retumbo and Berger VLD-H.

This is on a Rock Creek cut rifled barrel. Everyone else may not have the same results, of course, with a different barrel type, and different load type.


Funny I have always had my hunting rifle and my precision rifles in which I use for long range targets.
I honestly never thought about using the precision rifles for hunting ( crazy I know ) I guess the weight and
What I normally use them for has my mind set haha.

Did you build your rifle around the VLD-H bullet or did it just work?

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#6863719 - 08/21/17 11:56 AM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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#6863792 - 08/21/17 12:43 PM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Loc: Justin Texas
I clean my rifle bores the first time I take them out to sight them in, generally to get rid of the packing oils. After that one cleaning I'll put 7-10 rounds through and run 2 dry pads through the bore. I won't clean them again until I see accuracy start to drop off, even if its off a little bit I'll shoot 3-5 rounds prior to making adjustments. I always start with the scope as far as adjustments if I'm off target by small increments.

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#6863816 - 08/21/17 12:53 PM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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I will make at least 5 to 7 trips to the range before hunting season and I hate dirty guns so yes I clean my rifles after every other time to the range. However when I shoot it the day or 2 before the actual start of the season I will not clean the barrel until after a trip. But dirt debris and sand will be removed after every day in the field.
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#6863862 - 08/21/17 01:23 PM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Registered: 07/08/15
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I shoot and clean mine regularly and I never but them back in the safe unless they're cleaned

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#6863869 - 08/21/17 01:32 PM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Conroe, TX
Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
I will make at least 5 to 7 trips to the range before hunting season and I hate dirty guns so yes I clean my rifles after every other time to the range. However when I shoot it the day or 2 before the actual start of the season I will not clean the barrel until after a trip. But dirt debris and sand will be removed after every day in the field.


You boys are hunting a lot harder than me I guess.

Never had dirt or sand inside my barrel I'm fairly certain confused2
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#6864092 - 08/21/17 04:38 PM Re: Checking your rifles Zero before season [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Whacked a jackrabbit at 90yards the other day with the 6.8. I assume that means it's still on. Will verify POI on paper in a few weeks, and am putting the finishing touches on my .308 enhancements, which will also be shot and ammo ordered from Chad.
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