Keep it clean

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Q

I slipped in the mud while out stalk­ing and blocked my bar­rel with a lump of gooey muck and that was the end of my out­ing. I was so an­noyed, but a mate told me I could have blown the bar­rel clear and just car­ried on. Is that true?

A

DOM HOLTAM replies: I wouldn’t have risked that. Firstly, you’d have to blow from the breech end (which isn’t very easy!) and even then, would you have def­i­nitely got all the mois­ture and grit from the ri­fling? Far bet­ter to keep a com­pact clean­ing kit in your ri­fle bag or truck so at least you can re­turn to your ve­hi­cle and clean the gun prop­erly and then con­tinue your out­ing.

The risk of not fully clear­ing the ob­struc­tion is at best dam­ag­ing your bar­rel, at worst se­ri­ous per­sonal in­jury. Bet­ter to be safe than sorry.

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