Posted 23 June 2007 - 11:27 AM
Posted 23 June 2007 - 12:14 PM
Edited by run'ngun, 23 June 2007 - 03:57 PM.
Posted 23 June 2007 - 03:24 PM
Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:14 PM
Edited by Spirithawk, 23 June 2007 - 06:15 PM.
Posted 23 June 2007 - 06:23 PM
Just dampen a patch after your second shot and swab the barrel working the patch in short strokes down the barrel to the breech. Bring the patch up the same way, turn it over and swab with the other side of the damp patch. Then swab the barrel with two dry patches. The alcohol in the mix will help dry the barrel faster for you.
Then load your third one just like you would have your first and see if the accuracy does not come back to you. Also be sure to let the barrel cool between shots. If you are shooting fast, the barrels, especially in the summer, can heat up and that can effect the accuracy of the rifle.
Why you would want to change from an accurate projectile to an unknown is not where I would go. Stick with what works and see what happens.
Also you might want to try some 300 grain XTP in .452 diameter with about 85 grains of pyrodex RS and see how well that shoots out of your MK 85.
Good luck with the rifle.
Posted 24 June 2007 - 12:14 PM
Posted 25 June 2007 - 07:13 AM
First I take an alcohol patch and swab the barrel to remove any oil before I shoot the first shot. As Cayugad said I then run a couple of dry patches down its throat to dry it out. I then proceed to load and shoot my first shot.
Immediately after the first shot it is back to to an alcohol patch and two dry ones. I then let the rifle sit and go look for my sabot and go check the target. I then come back and load the second shot and shoot it.
Again immediately after the shot I run an alcohol patch and two dry ones and clean around the nipple area and let it sit till I check the sabot and target.
I have found this ritual slows me down enough to keep the barrel cool and allows me time to think about that shot and determine whether it was a good one or not and if not, why not. Using this method helps me keep the barrel cool, and allows me time to think the shot out. I have on a really good day got minute of angle three shot groups at 100 yds.
I started out using 240 gr XTP bullets, I had trouble getting them one day and tried a 260 gr bullet and got better results and then as Cayugad suggested, I tried the 300 gr Hornady XTPs and got eye opening results. Man those bullets are accurate. I even shot a doe last fall with one and it mushroomed near perfect from 45 cal to about 64 caliber. My pet load in My Bighorn is 80 grains of FFg Goex black powder a 300 gr XTP in a 50 cal Harvester crush rib sabot ignited by a musket cap.
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
Posted 25 June 2007 - 08:31 AM
Posted 25 June 2007 - 09:26 AM
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