Cold Bore Shot


It is often thought that the first shot fired from a cold barrel will have a different point of impact than the second, third or any other shot that is fired. Is this really the case, or does a “cold shooter” have an effect on this. There are procedures that can be performed to a precision rifle that will definitely have an effect on stabilizing the performance of the rifle, but let’s try something interesting.

Go out to the range and set up at 100 yards. Place a sight-in target with 1” grid squares on your target stand. Your sniper/precision rifle should have been cleaned from your last outing, so run a dry patch down the bore of your rifle to eliminate any oil residue. Next, spend 10 minutes Dry Practicing with perfect form. Call your dry practice trigger presses the same way you should be calling every shot you fire. This means calling the exact position of your cross hair when the trigger breaks (click). Be honest, cause you are only cheating yourself.

When you are satisfied with your dry practice, fire 5 rounds down range using exactly the same point of aim, again calling each shot. Each round must be fired with perfect precision, so . . . take your time! Use a spotting scope so you can see where each bullet impacts after the shot, and compare with your “called” shot. Go down range and check your group.

Do this for your next 5 to 10 outings to the range. Compare your targets or keep one target, using it to shoot/date each group for this test. You may be surprised. Many shooters find that there is no difference between the first and the fifth round fired when adopting this procedure. Either way, you need to know.

Is it my rifle? Or could it be me?

Lawrence Bolton

ATAC STAFF and Venom Tactical