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Got tired of lookin at this stainless barrel

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Found a load that my 22-250 likes so i figured id start varmint hunting with it, but i just dont like shiny barrels..
My buddy left some paint at the house from when he did his 10/22. Its all Flat colors, black, olive, brown, khaki.


Never painted a gun, much less something i have this much money in. But i figured if i mess it up, its still gonna function properly. I used a ear plug and put it in the muzzle, it has a very good 1/8" clearance all the way around the crown so it worked good. I greased the bolt body so no paint stuck to it, it worked also.
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Shot it at 600yds yesterday,,

I had put all the info in the berger program and it spit out from 100yd to 600yd zero to go up 10.3 MOA. I turned it up 10 MOA and gave it a try.
First 3 at 600yds

I adjusted it for the wind since i held a MIL left and it hit halfway. Went down 1 MOA and here is the second Group.
Appears i was a lil off on the windage but its in the black.

From 100yd zero to 600yds it only took 9moa up.. Thats pretty flat shooting!! I shot some of the M118 from Turkee and i had to go up 17moa. It did a 7" group and a 9" group out of my AAC-SD.
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You did good. One thing about camo, you can always add to it if you scratch it or want to add more colors. I would try to keep a couple cans just in case you want to match it down the road. I painted a Bell and Carlson stock and put a protective coat of satin polyurethane over it and it has held up for over 10 years now.
Good idear, i like the scratched up, worn finish look. Gives it character, and its own look. I still got the rest of the paint in the shop. Thinkin hard bout doin my 300wm since its got the shiney barrel too.
Well if u do the 300 you may as well do the can so it all matches.
It turned out great. I may do one of mine next.
Looks pretty dang slick. I'm too big of a wuss to paint any of mine - I'm sure I could screw it up!
very good lookin rifle. might try that on mne.
That rifle looks as good as it shoots, I love the dead flat camo!
you just gave me an idea about what to do with my other 7mm mag my mom and dads house had a fire in it several years ago this and one other gun were the only ones not in the gun safe. they only had suet on them. we cleaned them up as best as possible and took them to the gunsmith to be checked out. he said they were streight and functioning well. we have shot them several times. the 7mm took the worst of it and all the blueing is gone and its just ugly lol. i think ill get a new scope and rings and paint it. would be way better than it is now thats for sure.
I sprayed it down really good with brake and parts cleaner to get all the oil and stuff off. Hit the barrel with some sandpaper and put some wheelbearing grease on the bolt so i could wipe it off after the paint dried and it wouldnt stick. Did a really even base coat of flat black and then got to work.
Good luck on yours!
yeah i got it out about 30 min ago and broke it down. i think its gonna be sharp. i just needed to see someone elses prodject to jump start mine. gonna hit the barrle with some sort of rust inhibiting paint befor starting. a good coat of grease over the bolt and safety on this one will be a good idea. the only part of this gun i do not like is the way the safty is a slide behind the bolt. its really aggrivating. you have to continuously clean it and be very carefull it slides. hope to see what i can do to improve the safty befor bed tonight.
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