I like firearms of all kinds, and I like the hunting of all kinds. Invariably, I’m most passionate about big-game hunting with a rifle, and the fall (and lately spring) seasons of hunting are my favorite. If you’re an African safaris aficionado— as I am most certainly — your winter may be busy, or maybe a journey to South America, Australia, or New Zealand may be in order. But chances are, you’re going to have at least a few months with no chases scheduled, and that’s a great moment to get your rifle tuned.
If you are a one-time, one-load man, satisfied with the results of your equipment, well, you probably don’t read this post. But if you’re trying to get the finest possible setup, there may be some refinements that will render you a richer hunter with a rifle that will create you more comfortable in the sector. Summer is generally the most off-time period, and the climate is good enough to spend some period on the spectrum.
Bullet designs are continuously improving, and finding the load that performs best in your specific air rifle may require more than a piece of testing. Every deer season occurs to me: a flurry of phone calls with a colleague panicking two or three days before the season start because their rifle is “broken,” when the reality is they changed products, weights, weapons, etc. Had they taken the moment to carefully check the rifle/ammo mix during the offseason— when there is plenty of daylight and a comfortable atmosphere— the’ spring panic’ might have been prevented. If you deal with the ammunition, the off-season moment is now when a fresh batch will grow ; fresh powders are just as sensitive to temperature changes as they were ever, so concern about the radical impact on performance of summer weather is at least reduced. For once-a-week ritual, finding the finest loads for your rifles can be enjoyable to get a few buddies together, and more triggering time throughout the year will surely render you more secure incoming hunting season.
New mounts and optics
Optics developments are as severe as the latest bullet and ammunition improvements. As a fast instance, in the shape of the VX-3i, the industry-standard hazardous match scope — the LeupoldVX-3 1.5X-5X-20 mm — got one heck of a facelift; the increase in accuracy is instantly apparent. Also, eye-openers are the Leupold’s VX-5HD and VX-6HD series, and the fresh Bushnell trio— Prime, Nitro, and Forge — offers great importance. If you believe your old range is unclear or light transmission in comparison with new models, then you might be right, and an repair may be justified. My ancient Ruger 77.308 still carries two centuries later the Leupold Vari-X Llc 3X9, but I really ought to upgrade to a contemporary range with stronger lenses.
For mounting devices, the same can be said. My Uncle still utilizes the same Weaver tip-off equipment that he built in the late 70s, but they show indications of wear and may use an upgrade. With plenty of altitude adjustment, the best 30 mm tube will lose a decent quantity of elevation transport if your mounting scheme needs you to crank the winding to either hand.
Clean That Dirty Rifle
To clean a rifle is a chore for me, and as a shield and an apology, I used the sentence “my rifles shoot clean better.” But a thorough cleaning is needed after a difficult hunting season, and it’s a good idea to go through the whole rifle, not just the bore. In the barrel channel and magazine, I discovered all kinds of debris— from components of leaves and tiny twigs to bark and moss — and it’s never a great concept to allow that material to grow up. Good dismantling and lubrication will hold your favorite hunting rifle in good shape for many coming seasons.