Barrel life with steel BBs  

 

rocker
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June 13, 2018 06:20  

I'm new here, and thought I'd post a few questions.

First, what is the approximate barrel life of a stock Snow Wolf barrel when using steel BBs?

2nd  Does it harm the rifle's mechanism to cock the rifle then hold it for a few or 5 minutes?

3rd  Is it beneficial to do a quick 'wipe-down' with some silicone oil every few or 20 shots,  to help improve the barrel's longevity?  Or to put a light coating of silicone on the BBs before loading them into the mag?

4th I usually shoot upwards (60 - 75  degrees) since I use my rifle ONLY for pest control. I'm told to aim low, and have the stock  'hop-up' lever set in the center. Is this accurate for ranges of only 10 - 15 meters?

 

Thanks

 


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Gratewhitehuntr
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June 13, 2018 07:52  

I don't shoot BBs up, the shape and hardness improve the chance of damaging things by ricochet or when returning to earth, even with a rather modest terminal velocity and lighter weight.

IMHO pellets are a much better choice, they are softer (think windshield) , tend to destabilize upon striking the smallest leaf, and do a better job of crushing holes through flesh.

Remember that FMJ pistol ammo (subsonic non fragmenting with velocities and profile similar to a BB) produces a permanent channel only 33% of the projectile frontal area, while wadcutter (my choice for short range) is 100%, HP pellets up to 200% original frontal area.

 

You can look up "25 yard zero" to get an idea of how "line of sight vs line of bore" interact with different zero ranges.

This may talk about centerfire hunting rifles with scopes, but the principles still apply and it will explain why your point of impact changes vs sight picture at various ranges. (if you've got that far)

Generally shooting at incline or decline will yield a higher point of impact than shooting horizontal, the determining factor being actual surface feet at horizontal.

Imagine if you shot a BB straight up, the "drop" would only be a reduction in velocity, not a usual curve as when fired at 90°. Adjust accordingly ;P

 

My apologies if you are a seasoned shooter, and for not directly addressing your questions.

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Doug Wall
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June 13, 2018 13:59  
Posted by: rocker

I'm new here, and thought I'd post a few questions.

First, what is the approximate barrel life of a stock Snow Wolf barrel when using steel BBs?

2nd  Does it harm the rifle's mechanism to cock the rifle then hold it for a few or 5 minutes?

3rd  Is it beneficial to do a quick 'wipe-down' with some silicone oil every few or 20 shots,  to help improve the barrel's longevity?  Or to put a light coating of silicone on the BBs before loading them into the mag?

4th I usually shoot upwards (60 - 75  degrees) since I use my rifle ONLY for pest control. I'm told to aim low, and have the stock  'hop-up' lever set in the center. Is this accurate for ranges of only 10 - 15 meters?

 

Thanks

 

Dude,

I think that you're in the wrong place here. "Hop up"?? Are you talking about Snow Wolf AIRSOFT guns?? We don't do airsoft on this forum. In any case, steel BBs are 4.5mm, and airsoft are 6mm. Won't work!


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Gratewhitehuntr
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June 13, 2018 14:54  

Oh, that explains the silicone question...

I figured Snow Wolf was part of the new fantasy inspired lineup at.... could be almost anywhere....

Can we go back to model numbers?

 

I would not tell OP that he is in the wrong place, but perhaps that he's got a bit lost, for the better maybe?

OP, welcome to the world of real airguns!

 

 

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