That's a good point. Be sure to let the barrel cool. Something that I sometimes forget.
If you let it cool between each shot. There's a possibility that they may go in the same hole. I know they will in my custom 270wsm.
I used to shoot 5 shot group's but not often any more. If your hunting, anything after the third and usually the second is a hail mary. If your shooting bench rest, you need to shoot 10 to really know how your doing. I suppose that shooting pararie dogs or sage rats 5 shots would be alright but then I think 10 is better too.
When I take out my 6.5-06 to shoot long target's, I shoot 5 over about 10 min then set the gun in the shade, with breeze if possible, and walk to the target and back. Barrel still get's a bit warm. I don't shoot on hot sunny day's.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...