Optimism Originally uploaded by Paul Timmins.
Until the bullet exits the barrel, one would not be able to see any light from the incandescent gases propelling the bullet, as they are sealed by the bullet in the bore. If gases really are escaping around the bullet, you've got problems.
O rly? I suppose you've looked down the barrel whilst fring?
Heh no. My knowledge of bullets sealing in the barrel comes from the cleaning afterward. The amount of copper and lead deposits on the inside of the bore indicates friction with the bullet as it passes through. Friction can only happen when two surfaces are in contact. Thus, I stand by my previous comment.
Someone's not lubricating their bullets properly. I recommend using PAM. Flaming buttery death. Mmmmmmm.
I recommend astro-glide. It's got a million uses.
I only shoot factory ammo, dude. Someone:
a.) has never shot high-power rifles or shotguns before
b.) Really doesn't know the subject at hand.
I think is is more the case of a catastrophic failure of your sense of humor to properly engage.
Sorry. I have visceral bad reactions when someone talks about looking down the muzzle of a loaded firearm.
it would indicate to me that if they are leaving deposits, especially at muzzle velocity, there is likely a red glow from the round as it goes through the chamber.
A red glow would imply that the casing on the round has reached a thousand or couple thousand degrees. That's hotter than the melting point of lead, so this isn't happening. The deposits are merely from friction. Ask yourself this: are your tires glowing after you slam on the brakes and lay down some rubber? The effect I'm talking about is the same.
The next time we go to the range, I'll show you what the various colors of fouling on the solvent patches indicate.