Pennsylvania Game News - July 2020 - 58

life IMITATES ART

On the May Game News cover, artist
Mark Anderson took us to another time
with his vivid depiction of a flintlock
gobbler hunt from yesteryear. Then he
lived out a similar scene. Hunting in
Armstrong County, the season's first
Tuesday dawned beautiful and bright,
with a colorful sky that matched that
in the painting. And when a stubborn
gobbler Mark had been working ended its
standoff and made its way in through an
opening, Mark dropped it at 23 yards with
his hand-built 20-gauge English fowler
- the same one he'd given the hunter in his painting, "Backwoods Gobbler."
The 20-gauge Mark used is one of more than 50 flintlocks he's built, and the
20-pound gobbler, with its 7-inch beard, is one he'll remember for a lifetime.

a nice, minty smell and is safe enough to
use at the kitchen table, which is where I
clean my firearms.
But its properties - and more importantly, its performance - are what makes
it a great choice.
Often, when hunters or shooters purchase a new firearm, they don't clean the
gun to remove machining oils and trace
residues before taking it afield.
But what they do before firing that
first shot can go a long way in boosting
the firearm's long-term performance,
Poorman said.
"One of the main things we find with
accuracy and consistency in any gun,
whether it's a rifle or shotgun, is the
importance of properly seasoning the
barrel," Poorman explained. "Just as
you'd season a new cast-iron frying pan
before cooking, you need to take care of
your barrel if you want to get the most
out of it."
Poorman recommends using a cleaner/
degreaser to remove any factory oils, dust
or greases on firearms straight out of the
box until patches run clean.
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Next, run a liquid or paste CLP-coated
patch through the barrel and wipe down
the barrel's exterior, as well. This will
allow the barrel to absorb the product as
it heats up between shots, in preparation
for full-on seasoning.
At the range, repeat a five-rep sequence
of the following: Fire your first shot; work
the CLP into several patches and run them
through the barrel and wipe down the barrel's outside surface; follow-up with a dry
patch, both inside and out; then fire again
and repeat the process.
"Following this regimen, barrels will
season to reduce fouling build-up from
copper, lead and powder, as well as plastic
wads inside of shotguns," Poorman said.
It also helps the firearm's performance
by not changing the pressure in the barrel
when a round goes off, leading to better
consistency, he said.
"But more important, over time it will
prevent the metal from drawing in moisture and continue to work over the life
of the firearm, unlike harsh oils, which
sometimes lead to oxidation and corrosion," Poorman noted.



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