Odds & Ends
I could have decreased the 40-XB groups, I imagine, by sorting cases for uniform capacity, checking bullets to see that they weren’t out of round, and other tricks of the trade that the serious benchrest shooter has up his sleeve. However, I was more concerned with doing things as the average reloader would — loading good ammunition without being a perfectionist about it. As far as the results are concerned I’m more than happy with the outcome.
One thing I did do that helped maintain bore condition was to clean the barrel with Jim Brobst’s J-B Compound after every shooting session. This is a paste-like very mild abrasive which rids the bore of any fouling. A little bit really makes the bore smooth and shiny, but it isn’t at all damaging to the bore. All traces of it, of course, must be re moved before shooting.