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#1 Stiff Neck

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 09:36 PM

How do you keep your barrel cool? I was out today for a quick shoot, didn't bring the umbrella. My 223 was sitting in the sun and it got so hot just sitting there that I could barely touch the barrel. That was before I started shooting it! ;) It was pretty hot today...I've read about folks running tubes of water thru the bores, ice packs, etc. How do you guys keep your barrels cool during a vermint hunt or extended range session in the heat?

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 06:59 AM

I've read about folks running tubes of water thru the bores, ice packs, etc. How do you guys keep your barrels cool during a vermint hunt or extended range session in the heat?

None of the above. B) They're hot when the oil starts to smoke off of the barrel. I've only had a couple guns that hot in my lifetime. But you can always take a second rifle to switch to. I just leave the bolts open between shots. But mostly once you pull the trigger it will be a few minutes before anything sticks its head out again giving you plenty of time to cool down. ;)

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 03:37 PM

I just toss it in the creek. Only takes a few seconds to cool it off and it's ready to go again..Walt
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Posted 18 May 2006 - 04:08 PM

Well, for starters I try to avoid shooting in hot weather as much as possible. So the summer months I limit or even elimate target shooting. And the same would go for extended periods of varmint shooting... if I were to do that. There is nothing more distructive to a barrel than heat.WHEN I do shoot extensively, I always shoot in the shade. I keep the ammo in the shade which is also very important and some folks are not aware of. Some will even store the ammo in a cool container. Also, I shoot very slowly between rounds, AND I actually REMOVE the bolt entirely after EACH shot to let any breeze there might be to blow through. That's how anal I am about it. LOLI probably average only 10 rounds fired every 30 minutes. If I cannot hold the rifle by the barrel it is too hot for my liking. My 2 centsFrank

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 04:36 PM

I just toss it in the creek. Only takes a few seconds to cool it off and it's ready to go again..Walt

I would have said that but I didn't know we had a creek nearby. A lake, pond, river or stream works too! ;)

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 05:13 PM

But mostly once you pull the trigger it will be a few minutes before anything sticks its head out again giving you plenty of time to cool down.

I've only been to Cedarville once, but that was not my experience. You/ve seen the video, many times there were so many buggers out there it was hard to decide which one to shoot first! ;)

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 05:26 PM

The hot weather does suck but you can still shoot your rifle heck if you have to get your barrel pretty hot before it damages it like John said when the oil starts burning off. Your 223 has a heavy barrel doesn't it that will help as you already know. But the sun only gets it so hot and most of that is on the surface of the barrel just switch out rifle and let it go.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:23 PM

I've heard of guys putting it in an ice chest. seems like a little too much to me, but I cant say I wouldn't try it.

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Posted 20 May 2006 - 11:57 PM

Get some 2" thin wall copper tubing. Cut to the desired length for your barrel. Seal both ends and machine openings to fit barrel. fabricate hose fittings for each end of water jacket. Get a small 12 VDC pump to circulate water through the water jacket. Works like a charm.Don't listen to those guys about throwing your gun in the creek. That'll scratch up that expensive camo paint job you did last new years when you were hung over.A17Shooter

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 08:31 PM

Buy a Savage!!! then when you shoot out the barrel you just get another one for $125, screw it on and put another 2000 rounds thru it. Repeat as necessary.

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 09:18 AM

Buy a Savage!!! then when you shoot out the barrel you just get another one for $125, screw it on and put another 2000 rounds thru it. Repeat as necessary.

I think you left a 0 out! :o I have close to 10,000 rounds through my Savage Model 12 BVSS and it's still shooting 1/4 inch groups. B) But you're right the barrels are cheap and pretty easy to change once you break the nut loose the first time. I put some never seize on my barrel nut so next time I won't feel like I'm breaking the gun when loosening the nut. :o

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 08:46 AM

Is that a .223 John? Very impressive barrel life! I dont think Ill be so lucky with the .204. Ill be happy if I get 2000. Well see. Only got about 600 so far.

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 08:47 AM

I have close to 10,000 rounds through my Savage Model 12 BVSS and it's still shooting 1/4 inch groups.

Not a bad start!!

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 08:49 AM

Not a bad start!!

By the time I get through that barrel of of .223 brass that barrel will be throwing bullets end over end. :lol: :lol:

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 08:54 AM

Yea, you do have a couple of those 223 brass




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