How Does a Rifle Shoot After a Tracer Gets Stuck in the Barrel? Is it Still Accurate?

This is going to be the first time we have shot the Savage 12FV .308 Winchester at targets since we had a tracer squib load.

If you haven’t seen that video, check it out here.

Basically, we had a tracer get stuck in the barrel on this rifle, but it still went off, which means it burned all the contents directly into the barrel. The barrel didn’t fare well against it, and the previous video shows borecam footage from the inside of the barrel to show what kind of damage the tracer had done. The goal is to figure out if the barrel on this rifle is ruined.

Based on the borecam footage, the barrel looks like it won’t shoot well at all. However, I have seen barrels in worse condition than this that actually shot some respectable groups. So, at the very least, we are going to give the gun a chance after my screw up.

Today, we’ll be shooting at milk jugs placed at different distances leading out to 360 yards with some cheap ammo I had thrown together. If the gun is able to keep shots within a milk-jug-sized target out to that distance, I will still have some hope for the rifle, and we will continue further accuracy testing on it. Although, if it is all over the place, well probably be scrapping the rifle or re-barreling it very soon.

I don’t expect a lot from the barrel after the torture I had put it through, but I am extremely curious to see what it is going to do and how it will perform after the degradation we have seen internally.

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