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Foul the Bore Before Hunting?!?

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Distinguishing fact from fiction is as challenging in the world of firearms as it is everywhere else. Here’s one perspective on firearm cleanliness, from author Tom Tabor in his Gun Digest 2013 article, “Ten Shooting Myths Exposed”:

It’s always good to clean your gun and keep it in top-notch shape. For shooting consistency, though, it’s best to foul the bore by sending a shot down the barrel prior to heading out on a hunt. Why? Typically the first shot from a clean bore will impact in a different spot than the follow-up shots. This was the case in the photo, with the clean bore round printing high and to the left.

“How could anyone make an argument against firearm cleanliness? Well, I can think of only a single instance when a little dirt might be a good thing, and that is inside your gun barrel when it comes to heading out for a hunt. One of the factors necessary for consistent shot placement has to do with the consistency of the firearm bore. Simply put, a round fired through a clean bore will almost always impact at a different point that those shots that follow—and that first shot is often the most important you will take in a hunting situation. I have frequently found the amount of variation can be from about an inch all the way up to three or four inches at 100 yards. If you never shoot past 50 yards, this might not be an issue of concern, but, if you find yourself trying to pull off a shot at a recordbook bighorn ram on that once-in-a-lifetime hunt at 400 or 500 yards, it could easily become a substantial problem to overcome. I like to remove all the variables I can and, in so doing, I always send a round down the barrel and foul the bore before heading out to hunt.”

Read the other nine myths exposed by Tom Tabor, and more great stories from today’s top gun writers, in the newly-released 2013 Gun Digest. Remember to use promo code INSIDEGDB to get free standard U.S. shipping on your order. (Promo code fine print: Items which ship directly from the manufacturer do not qualify for free shipping.) Here’s a sampling of the feature articles and authors showcased in this year’s issue:

  • The Petersen Collection by Philip Schreier
  • Guns of the Westerns by Rick Hacker
  • Custom & Engraved Guns by Tom Turpin
  • More Than Purdey by Terry Wieland
  • Falling in Love with the .280 Ackley by Corey Graff
  • Whatever Happened to the .41 Magnum? by Frank W. James
  • The Truth About “Gun Tests” by Jon R. Sundra
  • The Mauser C96 by Massad Ayoob
  • The Truth About Mouse Guns by Paul Scarlata
  • .223 vs 5.56: What’s the Problem? by Patrick Sweeney
  • A Lust for Levers by Wayne van Zwoll
  • Browning A-5: A Gun with Soul by Nick Hahn
  • Ruger: Sixty Years of Single-Action Sixguns by John Taffin
  • The Novak NEXT Pistol by Gary Paul Johnston
  • 10 Shooting Myths Exposed by Tom Tabor
  • The .450-400 Jeffery Double Returns by Jim Dickson
  • Jack O’Connor’s Last Rifle by Tom Turpin
  • 50 Years Inside Weatherby by Wayne van Zwoll
  • Brownells: A Family Legacy by Steve Gash
  • Guns of the Hillsville Courthouse Tragedy by Thomas Cacecci
  • Bat Masterson’s Pocket Pistol by Duane Freeman
  • Tightening Up the M1 .30 Carbine by Robert K. Campbell
  • The 10-Gauge Magnum by L.P. Brezny
  • “Weatherby Eye” Be Gone by Tom Tabor
  • The Last Krag by John Malloy

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