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Barrel Cleaning

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by pava, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. pava

    pava Engaging Member

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    Hi everyone,

    My question is, how often is it necessary to clean your rifles the barrel?

    The reason I ask, is that a friend challenged me to a blind pellet test. He sent 3 types of pellet, 50 of each, marking each as only A,B, & C. I conducted this blind test at the indoor range at Pete's Airgun Farm on Wednesday. The evening before the test I performed a barrel pull through and my first task when arriving at the range was to re-lead the riffle as agreed using AA Fields. I then performed the blind test. After posting the result for my friend to see, he revealed what each pellet was:

    PELLET TYPE [A] BY JSB EXACT HEAVY IN 10.34 GRAINS.
    PELLET TYPE BY MAXIMA BY POWERFORCE IN 8.56 GRAINS.
    PELLET TYPE [C] BY BISLEY MAGNUM IN 10.56 GRAINS .

    The result of the test provided a very clear winner in the Bisley Magnums. 10 x 5 pellets groups all 5p or smaller, really impressed me. In fact I was so impressed with the Bisley's groupings that I ordered a tin, as their performance rivalled my rifles preferred JSB Exact Express pellets. However, once the test was completed, I returned to my JSB's and found they would not group any tighter than 10p in size at 35 yards. I can usually produce sub 5p groups consistently with the JSB's at that range.:confused::confused:

    Initially I did not get great results with the JSB Expresses, as at the time I tested them I had been testing many pellet samples and decided a barrel clean might help. WOW!:eek: My groups went from 30-35mm to 10p groups at 35 yards almost instantaneously. Within an hour I was producing sub 5p groups and by the end of the session I was shooting the occasional pellet on pellet group too.

    So would you guys and gals recommend cleaning the barrel for each different pellet when testing, or changing pellets. Or only perform a clean when my groups open up, as the clearly have in this case.

    All the best
    Ian
     
  2. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    When testing pellets I didn't clean the barrel for different brand probably down to my own lazyness!

    But still very evident which was the clear winner, after that I wouldn't touch it. I only cleaned the barrel when the rifle was brand new:)
     
  3. stevemandm

    stevemandm Honorary Member

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    1. always clean when you buy a new gun, or second hand if you dont know its history.
    or
    2. when pellet testing, to remove traces of the previous pellet.
    or
    3. when accuracy is affected, ie when groups open up (may have barrel contaminent).

    stick to the above rules and you wont go far wrong mate.
    basically, only clean when neccesary
     
  4. metalman

    metalman Big Poster

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    As above really, apart from not cleaning when using similar pellets ie, AA Fielda and JSB's IMO
     
  5. stevemandm

    stevemandm Honorary Member

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    what you've got to take into consideration too, is that the same pellet manufacturer may even use different lubricants during the manufacturing process and later on the finished product - so an identical pellet in differently badged tins, may be coated differently. all these minute factors can be the difference between a good pellet and a great one
     
  6. pava

    pava Engaging Member

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    Thank you for your replies guys, that sort of confirmed that I should have cleaned between pellets whilst testing. Oh well I have found my pellet now and barring another pellet challenge will stick with them.

    All the best
    Ian
     

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