Hot Barrel Debate (Caution - Newbie Question)
This is a discussion on Hot Barrel Debate (Caution - Newbie Question) within the Rifles forums, part of the Sniping Related category; OK... Let me see if I can answer a few of the questions and add some anecdotal information. My SPS Tactictal is still mounted on ...
OK... Let me see if I can answer a few of the questions and add some anecdotal information. My SPS Tactictal is still mounted on the same POS stock it came with. I just received one of the Hogue take-offs I bought from this site and will check it out this weekend. It can only help.
The first 10 rounds I fired at this last trip to the range were all over the place, but the second 10 were pulling together nicely. I was shooting fairly light loads. The first were Hornady A-Max 168gn and the second were good ol' Sierra 168gn HPBT, and all were loaded with 39gn of H-4895. The major difference was the Sierra's were in new Winchester brass and the bullets were seated .010 off of the lands. That said, I wouldn't have expected THAT dramatic of a change at 100 yards.¬*
But the plot thickens... I just noticed that I had failed to Lock-Tite two of the screws on my scope mounts. Put the torque wrench back on them and they weren't loose, but... ¬*
So,¬*I'm beginning to think this may have been a case of "clean barrel syndrome" coupled with a measure of "cheap stock", "newbie optics installation" and shear frustration. Thank you all (er... Thank Y'all) for your input. I value experience and always appreciate any advice offered. ¬*
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but the United States can't do without Texas."
--General Sam Houston
I have a good one for you, talking about loose scope mounts. I've been working up a load for a T3 Lite 243. Settled on a load that was shooting very consistant 0.5" and some smaller three shot groups. While cleaning it a couple of weeks ago, I noticed the scope rings had slid back almost 3/4". Old Dump-A here had not tightened the back ring and front ring was only very snug.
Now for the good part, POI had only made one noticeable change during 30 rounds fired building this load. I reset the scope and made sure the rings were tight and took it back to the range and that load that was shooting so good, shoots like crap now. All that work down the tubes. I guess this sounds wiered but the scope must have been slipping just right to kee the group tight, and yet is was still holding zero.
As for a hot barrel, if its uncomfortable to hold my hand on it, it's set aside until cooled.
I've gotten my Tango 51 very hot, and had zero change in accuracy. Stays under .25 MOA.
I'd rather be tried by 12 than carried by 6.
Ben, this is the advantage of shooting a 300WM. :wink: If I don't get the scope rings tight enough, the scopes ends up slammed against the turret housing or the magnification ring. WOW! How did THAT get all the way up there? OOPS! :shock:
Originally Posted by BenKeith
I'm glad you finally found the problem.
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Originally Posted by FluffyTheCat
Joseph M . DAndrea
Iraq 04-05 and 06-07
Same exact thing happened to me on my .300 WM on my brand new out of the ox nightforce.
Originally Posted by jrob
Joseph M . DAndrea
Iraq 04-05 and 06-07
Re: Hot Barrel Debate (Caution - Newbie Question)
I say you need to work out what YOUR gun does and shoot more, worry less. List the "issues" you have so you can get some input on them.
Originally Posted by bwdearman
well, all I know is that the us army wanted me to buy a barrel for my 60. !! Why..??? because I ran an entire belt (less 15 or so) without stopping.
We were ordered to "use up" all the companies ammo.
Washington DC , OLD GAURD, Delta co. 4 shoooters, 4 assistants trhee platoons so 12 shooters and an entire army trailer of 60 belts !!! afrter about 10 boxes my shoulder was shot and I was gonna have some fun. Every 3rd was a tracer and I wanted to do what I saw in the movies growing up.
of course everyone watching strarted watching me ...what a mess !!!
The line nco got so mad he was hitting me on my helmet yelling "get off that gun . get off that gun !!!! " well needless to say ..they pulled me from the line and I let some of the meddics get therir kicks for a while. The barrel...glowing....was fine. didnt have to buy one ....but they knew....heat CAN destry the barrel if hot enough.
But for me ...I wanna shoot dimes @ 200 yrds all day...so heat is a huge issue....these posts have been soooooo good ..tyhanks guys ...keep em comin !!
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