Quick Tip: Get Your Gun Ready for Hunting Season
By mid-November, a number of hunting seasons have kicked off or are about to, so now is a good time for Caleb and Steve to talk about preparing your hunting gun for The Season.
Caleb's Rule #1: Don't just grab the gun out of the safe on the morning of the hunt and expect everything to go great! Stuff to check on RIFLES and HANDGUNS a week or several before you go hunting: Make sure the gun is UNLOADED. Check the bore for obstructions, mud dauber nests, etc. Run a patch or two down the bore. Make sure the action screws are snug, and same for the scope screws. Look through that scope to make sure the crosshairs are OK. Do an overall function / safety check: Cock it, put the safety on, test the trigger to make sure the firing pin won't release with the safety on, and dry fire for function (yes, it's OK). Get out to the range and fire some groups into targets to make sure the gun is still properly sighted in.
SHOTGUNS - drop the trigger group to clean out debris and clean that choke tube. Don't forget the choke tube lube when you screw the tube back in. If your quarry is waterfowl, make sure the magazine tube plug is there, says Uncle Steve, so you don't have to improvise in the field!
When you take a BLACK POWDER RIFLE out of storage, drop a rod down the barrel to make sure it's unloaded! Do that again when you put it away at the end of the season.
For next season: If the gun has a detachable magazine, make sure you store the magazine with the gun. You don't want to be sidelined at home because - oops! - you can't find the mag.