.22 Cartridges-I have a new .22 caliber Winchester repeater bored and chambered for the three lengths of cartridges. I use short and long rifle cartridges, black and smokeless powder, the smokeless cartridges put up by the Winchester Company and the black by the U.M.C Co.. Will it injure the gun to use both kinds mixed? Is Vaseline a good grease for the barrel, also for the cartridges? Can a barrel be cleaned as well with a coarse cloth and wooden rod as with a brass wire brush? Are the sights which come on the rifle when it leaves the factory set perfectly true?
I do not see that the various used in the same rifle could harm it in any way, but at the same time I do not see any good reason for mixing them; in fact, I think that you could do more satisfactory work by using one kind only, except on special occasions. Such a small bore must be kept very clean. A cotton rag and wood rod makes a good outfit for cleaning and the wire brush should be used very little, in fact, I think it best to never use one in a .22 caliber. Vaseline is very good to use in the barrel, but it should be wiped out before shooting. All rifles are supposed to be sighted correctly by the manufacturers, but many shooters find it necessary to readjust them to suit their eyes. Again, the sights may be knocked out of line by rough handling.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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