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Protecting hunting rifle muzzle?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by kiwiG, Jul 28, 2010.

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  1. kiwiG

    kiwiG Member

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    OK, here's the thing...I am taking up hunting this year, and bought a rifle off a retiring hunting guide. When I picked it up, one of the last things he said was that in the field he put electrical tape over the muzzle to ensure no crud got in there while walking through bush, then fired straight through it when the time came. The whole idea of shooting through a deliberately obstructed barrel just seems wrong to me... any thoughts/experiences appreciated. Thanks-Graham.
     
  2. short shucker

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    A condom works just fine for this. You don't need to bother with the lubed ones though:)

    I've did this for years hunting with a traditional muzzleloader.

    ss
     
  3. School Teacher

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    I used to hunt in wet weather with a traditional swinging hammer muzzle loader. I always put a condom over the muzzle and a plastic skirt around the cap. If I did not get a shot during the day, I would shoot the gun upon returning to camp and reload in the morning after shooting a few caps through the barrel to take care of any moisture. The dry condoms worked best (on the rifle). No, I don't know if they come in hunter orange.

    If you are worried about electrical tape, thin masking tape works well in dry weather.

    We used to have a local sheriff around here that was missing the index and middle finger tips on his right hand. He was hunting with a double barrel hammer shotgun many years ago and somehow got snow in each barrel. He was clearing out the snow with his finger tips when the gun somehow discharged.

    Ed Ward
     
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    Plastic shoot through caps are made for AR15 / M16 rifles. They're considerably thicker than electrical tape. See link.
     
  5. shooterIII

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    Here's the thing with electrical tape, when you shoot the pressure ahead of the bullet pushes the tape off of the muzzle before the bullet gets there. My son uses it when he has hunted in places like Turkmenistan, Krigistan, China, British Columbia and I have used it in Alaska, Colorado and it works and its cheap. Its a lot simpler than going into a store and buying condoms.

    Two things I never forget when I go hunting are electrical tape and duck tape.
     
  6. wolfram

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    I have done the electrical tape thing when hunting in snow/rain. It works and I know of a couple of elk that would confirm that the tape didn't deflect the bullet to a noticable extent. No harm to the gun either, I'm pretty sure the tape is long gone before the bullet gets to the end of the muzzle.

    I don't know about he rest of you guys but the kind of condoms I know about fit pretty loose on a rifle tube.
     
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    What is wrong with a baloon?
     
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    shooterIII:

    Is the duck tape used when you go waterfowl hunting?
     
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    I use tape on my deer rifles and muzzleloaders, no problems.

    Ron
     
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    They don't make bulletproof vests out of tape.
     
  11. shooterIII

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    andybull,

    No, duck tape is just something that I always take hunting for the "just in case" situation.
     
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    Thanks Guys. The guide said he puts 1 strip of tape over the barrel and an inch or so down each side, then a 2nd strip around the barrel to hold the 1st strip in place. I have no reason to doubt him, it just seemed strange to deliberately obstruct the muzzle. Kind Regards-Graham.
     
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    Like I said previously, the pressure created in front of the bullet pushes the tape off before the bullet gets to the tape. The tape is there to keep water and other debris from entering the barrel.
     
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    used condoms as far back as the 50s in the military
     
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    If you know someone who works in a bank, they might give you some condom-like things they put on their fingers when counting large amounts of paper money. They are only about 2 inches long and will fit a rifle or shotgun barrel very snug. Do you guys actually use condoms that fit over gun barrels? Do any of your old girl friends remember your name? Larry
     
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    At the drug store you can buy little condom like things they call "finger cots".

    They look like wee condoms. I use them when I fill a barrel with foam cleaner and leave overnight.

    Perfect. Baloons work too if you can find the right ones.

    HM
     
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    Thanks for the tip about the muzzlee break Fred. I am trying a new load this afternoon in my .300win mag that sports a Vais brake and I am going to try it out. I have put a piece of electrical tape over the muzzle since I was a kid. The pressure always blows it off. I have never seen tape with a hole in it but maybe if you wrapped it all up the way k1W1's friend does, it might stay put. My method has always kept water out of the barrel until a bullet was on it's way. Jeff
     
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    shooterIII:

    I must apologize. I thought you meant duct tape, upon you reply to me I googled


    andybull_2008_250978.jpg


    and found out there is a Duck Tape.

    Regards,

    Andy
     
  19. JJJ

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    Finger Cots are the answer.Most likely some of you guys can use them as prophylactics.
    JJJ
     
  20. kiwiG

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    Excellent Guys. If any of those who do use tape get a spare minute to post a picture or 2 of a muzzle taped to your 'tried and true' method that would be great. Thanks again-Graham.
     
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