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June 05, 2009
Video Blog: Barrel Cooling Done Right
By David E. Petzal
Good tip Dave!
I have been doing that at my local range when I rotate rifles between groups and place the rifle in the rack behind the bench with bolt open per their rules. There I was, doing something right and didn't even know it!
Not only a world class writer, shooter and all around gentleman, but and expert in thermodynamics as well. Is there no end to your ability?
Dave, I love the videos. I hope you make them a regular item in this blog.
Great advice, too. Thanks for passing it along.
To Beekeeper: I also have a PhD in quantum physics and am working on a cure for abulia, for which I expect a Nobel Prize. So in answer to your question, no.
To Lucky Texan: Thanks for the kind words. And if you really want to see them cool fast and have an electrical outlet near your gun rack, turn a fan on them.
You are truly a man for all occasions! Good luck on the Nobel Prize, you would be one of the few who truly deserved it lately...
Thanks for the videos, they are on point and informative. I, like WA Mtnhunter, have been doing something right without knowing it. I usually take several rifles to the range and rotate through them after every group of three or five, depending. Our range has stand up racks behind the firing line, in the shade.
Good tip Dave. Let's hope this works. I will try it out at the range and see what's what.
Thanks for the tip Dave. Man how often do you shoot? like the videos, but I'm getting envious as HEL*!
Not only does Dave shoot off hand through his chronograph, he has discovered the fact that warm air rises and the open hole in the end of your barrel is a quick escape mechanism... a lot of things that some people assume are common sense are beyond the grasp of others. It's nice to have someone so intelligent and yet so down to earth to guide and teach us the error of our sorrowful ways without a condescending attitude and with a remarkable sense of dry humor. Petzal for dictator... after the revolution of course.
I like to see how David’s rifle stands up on a Rattle Battle!
Start out at the 600 yard line with a 4 Man team, 3 shooters and one spotter shooting 5 silhouettes and work your way in dumping as many rounds as you can. The higher the yardage hit, the higher the score with total rounds fired 80. I haven’t seen anyone’s hand guards or stocks burst into flames yet.
Marines shooting poodle shooter M16’s
AK47 bursting into flames, lets se you grab this barrel!
A hot barrel produces an artificial mirage!
Neat tip. I agree with luckytexan, keep the videos coming.
Will you be at Camp Perry this year? I am registered to take the 2009 National Trophy Pistol Matches & SAFS course on July 12 and hope to attend the long range rifle matches also with my son. Will you be attending any of the events?
I think Dave's videos provide a certain degree of reality to this blog. The rest of us are merely vitual providers of words, thoughts, and opinions. In addition to the educational value of the short subjects, we realize that there is a real person out there somewhere. Of course those of you who have contributed photos somewhat substancial your existance, a shortcoming that I should overcome myself one of these days. Petzal certainly is more informative and entertaining than Leno or now O'Brien. Maybe he missed his calling.
Thanks for the nice video. Congrats on the PhD. I am currently working on my Master of the Obvious. Hopefully, your Nobel Prize money can be put to good use by acquiring some fine rifles.
Scott in Ohio
O’I wish I could, our medical billing business is starting to really takeoff and I got to stick around. Haven’t competed since Oct 95 and really out of shape for the moment. By the way, I finally found what prevented me from making Master and your not going to believe it! The last two matches in 95 I placed the front sight at 6 o’clock as normal then dropped it until I got a flash of white and timed my trigger break at that micro second and drilled the X-Ring every time! NO JOKE!!! 20-20 is hind sight, RRRRRRRRR!!!!!
Shoe box shooters I call them, LOL!
Scott what rifle your Son shooting, M1A or Garand?
Great tip... actually nice to know because I actually leave my gun sideways to cool... heat travles up so having a place for it to go would certainly help. Tips like this make me realize some of the stupider mistakes I make while in the field.
Dave if a certain politician can get an honorary degree from Notre Dame, You should be granted an honorary PHD for your instructional videos. Keep them coming.
Good show dave! The skeet clun at Fort Leavenworth has racks at or near all stations and rncourge this practice also.
chit! Encourage*! (small keyboard FAT fingers!
Dave, another fine knife sharpener is made by Rada Mfg. Co. I was trying to upload a picture, but since it does not fit in the game category I could not.
Completely off the subject but this is something that has been bothering me for a while and I need some input from the esteemed panel of experts that peruse this site... I have a friend that lives WWWAAAAAYYYY out in the hills of TN and is retired and walks every day for exercise. He comes upon dead animals and skulls quite frequently and has quite a collection of dead animal parts. He has three skulls from snakes one is a rattlesnake undoubtedly because it had not decomposed before he found it. The other two are identical. The largest is 6 1/4" long. That's right, a 6 1/4" long skull that he swears has to be a rattlesnake. I did a little research and figured out this snake had to be 13-16 feet long... they don't get that big. I told him to call the TWRA because it was a world record. He did and it is... unfortunately it is $1,000 fine and a year in jail for possessing snake skulls so the man at the TWRA said "you never called" and hung up.
My question is are all snake skulls pretty much alike? Could this be some one's pet Boa Constrictor that got loose? Can anyone tell me how long this snake really was?
Nice work Petzal. Remember, being resourceful works as an advantage. You can always let the breeze do the work for you.
Your friend's snake skull should have either fangs (rattlesnake) or just backward facing teeth in the front of the skull. The latter would be some non-poisonous snake, although it would be hard to figure out with just the skull.
I just stick m rifle in the truck and turn on the AC!
Thank you for the video tips. They have been a great help to me and I hope you keep making them.
I too have shot at Ft Leavenworth. They have a nice range complex but I don't care to have my guns registered on the post. Haven't shot there in 3 or 4 years now.
Having grown up in Florida I have seen some huge diamondbacks. A snake skull 6 1/4 inches long did not come from any rattlesnake. My guess is it's not a snake at all.
Good job but next time could you have miss Cuthbert do the video in her best beach attire. Now that would get my Oscar vote!!
Dave, Is that a Zeiss scope?
Coop, good post on mirage. Some years ago some younger guy and his friend was at the range shooting his new 7mag. And they were shooting a lot. It was a hot day and I was giving my rifles a break, so I just mossied around. I stood behind him and his friend and listened to them talk about the mirage coming off the range. I butted in and told them about the heat coming off the barrel in front of the scope. They agreed and when I felt his barrel it was scorching hot.
Don't do it Dave, I couldn't take it!
It may be a snake but it's habitat is not from the states. Maybe a python, boa or such from S.America that escaped or was released. Maybe he should take it to a university and get it examined. Wouldn't it be something if it was a 'young' anaconda?
BTW, what's the deal in Ten. about collecting snake skulls being illegal?
He won't be shooting (this year). We're just going to observe and enjoy the event.
While everyone is patting Dave on the back guess I should give him a kudo also. Dave, when it comes to guns and shootin' you're a reg'lar Rembrandt man!!!
Oh it's a snake. I mean you can look at it and tell but I just don't understand how it could be so big. I told him no way it was any kind of rattlesnake and he wanted to argue because it looks so much like the other one that he knows came from a rattler. Had to be one of those Pythons that grow to 20 ft. someone let escape. I can't find anything illegal about collecting skulls in the hunting manual either.
If Elisha is shooting make sure we can get the recoil and jiggle effect in slow motion. Or Dave could just take his shirt off and we could watch his belly jiggle after the shot. Glad to see he does use sandbags after all, I was in the beginning stages of some serious shooter envy. I don't have a problem with him jetting all over the world to hunt exotic species I'll never see, but if he's shooting MOA off hand I'm going to be really pissed...
can't be a rattle snake. no way. i'm all for the elisha thing. that would be way over the top! the question is, can he get it done? when does the revolution start?
Video first: Dave, I think you have found your niche. I would guess video is even easier than writing?!?!
Snake: Dr. Ralph, call a local university with a decent biology department. A herpetologist can tell you what you want to know. Jim in Mo: The illegal snake skull is related to wildlife possession laws -- the same laws that make it necessary to buy tags for hunting. In order to prevent poaching it is against the law to possess various wildlife. The laws vary from state to state, but there are some federal prohibitions. Eg, it is against the law to possess certain eagle feathers even if you just pick them up off the ground (unless one has a certain native american tribal affiliation). In Washington State it is against the law to possess a deer skull without a tag, even though it is OK to pick up sheds. So, that's the gist of what's going on with the snake skull being illegal in Tn.
Can you describe the skull at all? Fangs, no fangs; shape, length and width; heavy for size, light for size, etc.
Obviously a posted picture in your profile would be an immense help. I'm guessing released animal that died in the winter or possibly just a misidentification as a snake.
Yeah I'm going to have to make the drive and post some pictures... He's got like thirty skulls so he's pretty familiar with what he has. Don't even think about picking up an eagle feather like you would a turkey feather... I'm pretty sure it's a felony everywhere.
I went to a Turkey shoot some years ago and there was a guy shoting who hd a single bbl shotgun and a 5 gallon bucket of water. After each time he shot he stuck the bbl into that bucket of water to cool fast, as he entered each round. He did win a bunch of Turkeys. I would be afraid that would harm the metal of the bbl, but suppose if you used only for Turkey shoots he won enough Turkeys to buy a new BBL>. I do allow my guns to cool between each 3 shot set up and do open the bolt.AS a rule I take 3-4 guns when I am trying to0 a new gun or check 0 on one I plan to hunt with soon,.During hunting season at home I leave my guns I plan to use in the Blazer over night so next Am gun is same temp as outdoors. The gun will sweat if bring inside to a warm house.Shoot-um-straight and often.
A very nice, informative piece, and much appreciated, Mr. Petzal. I have cooled my barrels that way for about 45 years, and it really works, but have seen many men leave them lying on the rests to cool.
Maybe when you receive the Nobel award they will honor him by taking your picture, posed with that other worthy, Algore. Wouldn't that be a hoot.
Instead of global warming, your caption could read barrel cooling.
DEP knows a hell of a lot more about barrel cooling than Algore knows about global warming!
crm, a;gore is a complete idjit (Redneck for idiot! :)
sheesh algore !!
Thank you very much for the video...I never have known the perfect way to cool down a barrel until now.
Thanks for the great tip. Keep it up.
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