Pardon my ignorance but what is ment by "the crown of a barrel" and what makes it good or bad?
You have read that Moose some times do not put a pellet in his rifle when he shoots. If he is not sure if he did, he blows down the barrel to see if there is resistance. The rifle is cocked!!!! some times with a pellet and some times without. Do you think he will not look down the barrel if he has enough balls to stick a loaded rifle's bartrrel into his mouth? :beer:
The primary purpose of a muzzle crown is to provide gases a resistance free path away from all parts of the pellet as it exits the bore of the barrel. The secondary purpose is to protect the bore from damage caused by misuse. The third purpose is for good looks which is always achieved when the primary purpose is satisfied.
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I know I am going to regret asking this question, but here goes:
Moose, why do you not just cock the rifle and discharge it into the ground?
A pellet costs how much ?
If you are just about to spend a sizable bundle of cash on a rifle, I think you can afford to waste a little compressed air and a pellet or two.
Would you put the barrel of a possibly loaded.308 W in your mouth, cocked or not!!
There is NO difference, a firearm is a firearm.
Stay safe Moose, and waste a pellet or two into the ground.
Have you ever seen what happens to a persons head when he sticks a barrel into his mouth ? ? ?
Not very pretty !
Being a skerpskutter in the army for many a year & a cop for 5 plus , you get to see all sorts !
Mind you , biggest escape I saw , an indian guy stuck a .22 in his mouth to " end it & all " , landed up with a hole in his pallet , & a hole all the way through his head , bullet neatly between left & right halves of his brain ! ! Couple a days in hos & home !
'Nuther one , black dude , shot himself in the side of the pip , bullet ( 9mmP ) went through , ricochet off wall , through plate glass window , & into tree accross the road . We called motuary van , although he was still breathing , pile of brains on ground ! After an hour cancelled mortuary van & called ambo , he lived for 3 days , just goes to show , the security guard at the gate can actually live with out a brain ! !
Moral of story , think before you do some thing , a kid may copy you , with tragic results !