Eric Hendricks Answers Frequently Asked Questions
I would like to clear up some common myths and answer a few questions that I frequently get asked.
Is Dry Firing OK???
One of the biggest myths in the gun world is that dry firing is bad for a rifle. There is nothing regarding dry firing that will damage the rifle in any way. When building our rifles we dry fire the rifle repeatedly to test trigger pull weight and also to make sure the rifle does not slam fire. We also encourage our customers to dry fire their rifles as a training tool. One of the most important skills in shooting is trigger control and dry firing is a great way to practice maintaining proper form and control of your trigger.
What is the Best Caliber?
I would love to say that there is one perfect caliber that is good for all aspect of shooting and hunting, but the truth is that there is no perfect caliber. This is ultimately up to the shooter. I personally am a 6.5 Creedmoor fan. It is one of those calibers that can do pretty much everything well for me. If you were to ask Bergara Custom Rifle Builder, Sterling Knight, the same question his answer would be a .308. The truth is that the perfect caliber depends on what you’re going to be happy with.
Why is Glass Pillar Bedding so Important?
Glass pillar bedding is a process that uses a marine grade two-part epoxy that is spread into the body of the stock, and then the barreled action is clamped down into the stock for a few days. When the epoxy is dry it will be an exact fit between the barreled action and the stock. This is important because it eliminates movement between the barreled action and the stock. This in turn will increase the accuracy of your rifle. Glass pillar bedding is especially important in wood stocks, because wood will expand and shrink with different temperature and humidity changes. This can cause the action screws to become loose and need to be tightened, which can lead to over tightening and causing fractures in the stock. When pillars are installed and the rifle is glass bedded, then the stock is allowed to expand and contract as nature intended without the need to re-torque the action screws.
How does a Muzzle Brake Work?
Ever wondered just how a muzzle brake works? Well, when the bullet leaves the barrel hot gasses are released. The job of the muzzle brake is to literally put on the brakes, so when the bullet leaves the barrel and passes through the muzzle brake and the gasses are forced through the open ports. When the gasses are forced through the ports on the brake, they are actually pushing the rifle forward just a tad. This is what reduces the recoil of the rifle, essentially putting on the brakes.
by: Eric Hendricks, Custom Shop Sales Coordinator