by NRA Staff - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Q: When zeroing my rifle, should I shoot several shots in rapid succession or allow the barrel to cool between shots?
A: Marksmen concerned with the utmost accuracy pause between shots when zeroing their rifles so their barrels can cool, but most hunters don’t require such precision. If you shoot three to five rounds at a comfortable pace and inspect your target between groups, your barrel should cool sufficiently. Groups from rifles with thin, sporter-weight barrels may open up as the barrel heats, but it's good to realize this at the range so you'll know what to expect from your rifle in the field if you have to take multiple shots at game.
E-mail your comments/questions about this site to:
For questions/comments about American Hunter magazine, please e-mail:
You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs
To advertise on American Hunter, visit nramediakit.com for more information
Get the American Hunter Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox.