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Care of your gear at a comp.
« on: March 10, 2016, 05:15:32 PM »
 

gebhardt02

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I just posted a reply in the match loadout thread and most of my post is centered around competitions being nasty weather and what I carry for those situations.  This got me thinking about issues I've had in the past while at a match, staying in a motel because I'm out of state, and the conditions were either rain or sleet the entire first day.  Here is what I've learned.

1.  Don't neglect your gear after that first day and go party with the fellas.  Take care of your equipment first then go grab dinner.  In the vehicle I leave my maintenance gear like torque wrench, cleaning rod, solvent, patches, etc.  This comes back in the room along with my rifle and pack that night.  Disassemble the bolt, clean and dry it out, and regrease the spring.  I use some medical curved forceps and the oval shaped dental swabs to clean the inside of the bolt.  Bring/buy a can of compressed air and use the motel hair blow dryer!

2.  If you don't want to take your action out of the stock, use the compressed air to blow out your trigger and the blow dryer.  I've literally had my trigger start to rust the safety in place and the pull weight varied widely shot to shot by the start of the second day because I didn't give it the needed attention.  The safety WAS rusted in place when I got home.

3.  Disassemble and clean your mags.  If the conditions are nasty, the inside of your mags will be also and can lead to feeding and also chambering issues. 

4.  Bring plenty of q-tips and dry off your scope ring screws as best as you can.  If you have your TQ wrench, pull one screw at a time and dry the screw and inside the threads if possible.  Lightly oil and reinstall and TQ back in place.  I do the same for my action screws.

5.  Don't be afraid to run a couple dry or even solvent soaked patches down your bore if it's been wet.  Your zero isn't going to dramatically shift from a couple solvent patches followed by dry ones.  Your bore is more important and just because you have a "stainless" barrel doesn't equate to rust proof.  Again, take care of your equipment.

6.  Dry out your ammo holders and ensure your remaining ammo is dry at the start of the next day.  I use Red Tac Gear ammo cards and the Sage Flats ammo wallets.  Nylon gets wet and won't dry itself staying tightly rolled or packed up.  Lay it all out and again, use the blow dryer.

7.  Lastly, don't let foul weather ruin your game.  Let the other competitors bitch and whine and get flustered.  Keep your gear as dry as possible but realize it's going to get wet anyway, then drive on with your bad self.  Embrace the suck as we like to say!  Have fun.
 

Re: Care of your gear at a comp.
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2016, 11:11:52 PM »
 

S12A

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Good post and very valid points.
be careful with the compressed air around optics, especially in hot environments. the hair dryer is a good idea. if you can leave your rifle out of its case to air dry for a few hours that is a good way to go also.
i carry a small kit in my pack to keep me going and assist my team mate if something goes wrong. last match i had to grease up my AX bolt due to a heap of dust getting in and causing it to start gripping. certainly was off putting on rapid stages.
 

Re: Care of your gear at a comp.
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2016, 03:45:17 PM »
 

Jeff M

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At LRSE, shooting from the barn was so dusty and Shitty that I actually ran back to the truck and tore down my bolt, cleaned it, reassembled, cleaned the raceways and lug abutments, greased everything and ran back out.  It was bad.  A defiance bolt shouldn't feel like a savage.  Lol
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Re: Care of your gear at a comp.
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 09:01:28 AM »
 

DarksideSix

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I carry a shaving brush in my kit.  really helps with the fine sand that gets on the bolt or action.  If it gets a little dusty I just take my bolt out and brush it off quickly between stages.