Thanks,Guys, I`ll try the thicker patch on the first shot and see if it helps, I sure don`t want a fouling shot out the backdoor before I go hunting!Why is the first shot from my SMR-45cal. flint always 6" low and 6" left ? The following shots are dead on center. barrel is always clean when first shot is fired.
Good you come right at least. Re old timers I expect they got close and followed the" anywhere in the eye' rule or just hoped for the best and if they missed uttered 'Oh Bother' ',Stuff & fluff' or similar expletives of like kind . If its any consolation this is not an uncommon phenomena I get it often if not always the' comes right' part .I have a CVA 58cal Mountain rifle that generally shoots about a foot low at 100 yds and may go left or right for the first 2-3 shots then it comes right after that. Bug`s the hell out of me to the point I don`t use it hunting as you just cannot predict when it will start shooting well. Had it out shooting yesterday off a rest and after 3 shots it settled into about a 5 inch group at 100 yds, that I can accept but the flinging them like an old lady throwing poo for the first few shots is driving me to distraction.
How did the old timers get on. Did they just keep a dirty barrel?