Getting the Best from your Mako's
To get the best from your Precision Ballistic Slugs, read the following for some helpful tips and pointers.
1. Start with a clean barrel
Everyone has their preferred method of barrel cleaning either a solvent soaked pad on a pull through or the little felts that get shot through
The desired end result is that you end up with no residue left on your chosen cleaning item.
2. Lead your barrel
Due to the characteristics of our slugs we find that groups close up significantly when a barrel is leaded in fully.
We normally find that 10+ or so shots on average leads a barrel in, but this does vary from barrel to barrel with some needing less and others more.
3. Minimise Launch Errors
Launch errors can occur for a number of reasons however one of the most common is when the slug is inserted at a slight angle. This can happen either by inserting the slug at a slight angle or when the slug is inserted from a magazine that is having issues with engaging the slug in such a way to present then at the optimum angle.
The slug needs to be inserted so that it's central axis is aligned with the barrel bore axis.
The following shows a slug inserted incorrectly at a slight angle
Note the difference in seating depth between the top and bottom.
(thanks to WolfieMac from the AGF for use of the image of a Mako in his R10)
When fired the slug travels down the barrel and on engagement with the rifling starts to rotate (or spin), as the slug is not optimally engaged i.e. the barrel bore and slug axis are not in the same plane it introduces a wobble into the slugs nose, with the central axis of the slug prescribing a progressive spiral as it rotates and moves down the barrel.
The above graphic depicts how the slug nose would spiral on engagement with the barrel rifling as it traverses down the barrel.
This wobble translates into a launch error which could then be detrimental to down range accuracy.
What is needed is for the slug to be inserted into the barrel squarely, so that the barrel bore axis and the slug central axis are aligned.
4. Magazine Interoperability
With the slug inserted squarely and with both the bore and slug central axis aligned, when fired it traverses down the barrel and on engagement with the rifling it spins on that synchronised central axis and so has minimal if any no wobble, this significantly improves flight stability and accuracy.