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I was sighting in a new rifle, weatherby vanguard stainless sub-moa yesterday and it got me thinking. How long to you guys give

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  • I was sighting in a new rifle, weatherby vanguard stainless sub-moa yesterday and it got me thinking. How long to you guys give

    I was sighting in a new rifle, weatherby vanguard stainless sub-moa yesterday and it got me thinking. How long to you guys give the rifle barrel to cool down between shots, if you do this at all. I'm sure there are different heat absorption rates between stainless and regular steel; but do you think these differences have a real effect?

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    Dang; always wondered why there were so many double posts of questions and somehow I managed to do just that.

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      I usually shoot three shot groups then let the gun sit with the bolt open for a couple minutes before resuming when sighting in. Once I feel I have it zeroed I like to come back on another day and shoot a true cold barrel group and make any final adjustments.

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      • #4
        When you are hunting, you shoot from a cold barrel. Let the barrel cool for about 3 minutes between each shot when doing final zeroing.

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          One of the guys at 3rd Army marksmanship unit in Ft. Benning told me many years ago take at least 1 minute between shots. Even longer would not be a bad idea. You will find it takes plenty of time to test loads doing this.

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          • #6
            If your sighting in fire three shot groups, let cool down with action open for a few mins. then before season check cold barrel shot. Good luck and good hunting!

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            • #7
              I always wait 1 to 3 minutes on the bench. In the field it don't matter.

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              • #8
                One thing to keep in mind is that it takes a little longer for stainless to cool down. Other than that, I think everybody else got it covered.

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                • #9
                  This is the primary reason that people's rifles shoot differently from one day to the next. I learned it at a big range a few years ago. Old timers would shoot and clear the bench where they were and go away for an hour. This is at a Fall sight-in where the air is cool.

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