By David E. Petzal
Since I’m in veritable frenzy of rifle evaluation for our "Best of the Best" section of the magazine, I might as well say a few words about how I do it. Or I could say something about health care. No, rifles. First, I clean the barrel. This is because all gun makers, when they learn they are to ship a rifle to me, pour a mixture of baboon sperm, vulture puke, coal oil, radioactive waste, industrial sludge, and copper dust down the barrel and bake it a while. I’ve never gotten a clean gun from anyone, so step number one is to get hot with the cleaning rod.
Step 2: Weigh the trigger and check for creep and overtravel.
Step 3: Weigh the rifle.
Step 4: Remove the barreled action from the stock and check the fit and finish. Do parts gall and chafe, or does everything fit together with no strain? Is the inletting a mess? If the gun is epoxy bedded, does the epoxy look like a turd that fell out of a tall cow’s ass, or is it done neatly?