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Barrel Cooling

Does anyone have a good suggestion on how to cool a rifle barrel while shooting at the range?  I was thinking of taking a damp towel and draping it over the hot barrel between different rifles, but was currious if anyone else has a better idea, or does cooling a barrel make that big of a difference.  thanks,

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have never tried a wet rag,

have never tried a wet rag, but have used a small portable fan, move more air around the barrel it will cool faster.

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If I am at the range I

If I am at the range I usually don't worry too much about a heated barrel since I'll only fire 3 fairly spaced shots and then check the target and get set up for the next three.  I also usually have a couple other rifles and or pistoles to shoot while I am there.  As far as the wet towel is conserned it may or may not work the big thing is that you want to get the air to circulate around it and with a towel the heat will be confined to under the towel.   

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The hottest part of the

The hottest part of the barrel will be the bore. The only solution I have found is to leave the action open and wait a while.

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I usually take more than one

I usually take more than one rifle to play with at the range also.  Give the others time too cool.  I also place them in the back seat of the truck in the shade and if there is a brezze I open both doors and aloow the air to pass thru the cab.

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Barrel Cooling

I would just say to pace your shooting some. Like above, I too usually shoot about three rounds, check and tape holes in targets, etc. in between firing times, leaving the action open (required anyway) to let it cool, and or not over heat. I think in most cases with a bolt-action if pacing yourself some between shots you don't have much to worry about...

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Thanks for all the

Thanks for all the responses.  I guess I'll have to take more than one gun to range in the future, bummer Wink

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slow down

The best way to keep the barrel cool is to pace yourself when shooting and also bring more than one gun to the range.  With rifles allow at least a minute between each shot when shooting 3 shot groups, then allow a few minutes between each group.  With pistols and revolvers allow a few minutes between magazine or cylinder reloads, or just swap pistols.  For trap, skeet, with a shotgun I don't worry too much about hot barrels as I have to allow time between 25 rounds anyway and tha'ts usually enough to cool.  I wouldn't use a damp towel or anything like that, also try to avoid shock-cooling your barrel too.

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