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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2018, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Clean vs. dirty barrel in ML fowlers

Is it my imagination, or does my pattern start opening up rapidly as the barrel fouls up?

I was doing pattern work today using corn muffin mix as buffer with #7.5 lead shot and noticed that, even with wiping between shots, the patterns were getting more open as the gun got dirtier...or so it seemed. is this coincidence or is a ever-fouling barrel a known pattern degenerating circumstance?
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I've found that shot loads are very much affected by fouling and a dirty bore.......I always range clean and dry thoroughly between shots otherwise I've found I'm just wasting pellets.
Patterning a fowler can be a very time consuming process if you want to do it right.
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Have you tried the Skychief load a try?

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I've found that shot loads are very much affected by fouling and a dirty bore.......I always range clean and dry thoroughly between shots otherwise I've found I'm just wasting pellets.
Patterning a fowler can be a very time consuming process if you want to do it right.
Thanks, Matt. I had a suspicion that something had to be going on related to the fouling and you pretty much confirmed what I suspected. I'm very new to this, but when the range officer came over (turns out, he's an old smoke pole nut himself) he was very impressed with the pattern my TVM 20 GA was posting at 20 yards. It was dead center, with center-of-pattern about 4" right of point if aim.

By the end of the session, the pattern had opened up a good bit and I noticed that, despite simple wiping between shots, things were getting tight around the wads the more I shot. That alone caused me to think that the two effects were correlated.

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Have you tried the Skychief load a try?
This was the method I followed:

http://www.caywoodguns.com/working-up-turkey-loads.html

In short, it forgoes cushion wads for using a series of much lighter overshot cards along with using corn muffin mix as a shot buffer. I believe I tried the Skychief load when I first got the gun but was getting a wicked donut. That could've been any number variables though, knowing what I know now. I might try it again.

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when I built my trade gun about 1990, I spent a lot of time at the bench patterning it and really never gave that a thought. the load I shoot has served me well, from wing shooting, rabbits, turkey and ducks and geese. depending on the game I am after, I just adjust the amount of shot and the size of the shot. good luck with yours, you are going to have a good time hunting with it!!!!
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