Magnification: How Many X’s Do You Need?

It’s best to use each patch for only one pass before replacing it with a new solvent soaked patch, but I do sometimes use both sides of the patch at this stage of cleaning. You may want to let the gun soak a few minutes between patches to allow the solvent to work.

If you want to shoot straight, you’d better watch what you stick down your barrel. Here’s how to choose a good cleaning rod. 2. Bronze BrushHaving left the barrel wet with solvent, use a properly fitted bronze brush soaked with solvent to make several passes.

It’s important to keep the brush wet, so reapply solvent after every couple of passes. Don’t dip the brush in the solvent bottle, as this will contaminate the remaining solvent. Instead put some solvent in small container and dip the brush into that. I keep a supply of small Dixie Cups in my shop for this use.

Never reverse the brush while it’s in the bore. Instead, push it all the way out of the muzzle then pull it back through the bore. After using the brush, always remove dirty solvent from it with a degreasing spray. Let it run off the brush and so you flush away the gunk.

This is to prevent abrasive debris from accumulating. Also, some solvents will eat the bronze bristles. 3. Let the Solvent WorkLet the gun sit for a few minutes to allow the solvent to work, and then follow with a couple more wet patches. Wait a few more minutes and run a dry patch through.

4. Dry PatchesNow remove all traces of the first solvent by running dry patches through the bore. Then run some patches soaked with degreaser, such as Outers Crud Cutter, followed by a final dry patch. 5. Strip that CopperWet a patch with an aggressive copper removing solvent, such as Sweet’s 7. 62 or Barnes CR10.

Run it through the bore and let it sit for a few minutes. It’ll take you forever to squeeze off the shot if you have to count over 20 MOA on a scale with no numberings and it’s easy to miss one or forget which line you were using.

Magnification: How Many X’s Do You Need? Firstly, understanding the X’s and the M’s that come along with any magnified scope are a must. Example: 6-25x 60mmThe first numbers are the power of magnification. In our example above, this means targets will appear 6 times larger than normal (eyesight) at the scopes lowest possible settings.

When there are 2 numbers together with a hyphen this means the scope is capable of a range of magnifications. This example shows us the scope is capable of a minimum magnification power of 6x all the way up to a maximum power of 25x. Finally, the last number that is given in millimeters tells us the diameter of the objective lens.

Remember, this will determine how much light will be transferred to your picture but will also result in a much heavier unit with a higher price tag. More magnification usually always sounds like a good thing, but if you’re using your rifle to hit moving targets or perhaps hunting, too much magnification may hinder your ability to acquire targets quickly and plan for incoming obstacles.