Do tracer rounds wear the barrel more?


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mookiie
March 2, 2012, 09:25 PM
My question is how much of an affect on rifle barrels does shooting tracer bullets through it? Is it bad for the barrels? Do you just need to make sure you clean thoroughly afterwards?

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WardenWolf
March 2, 2012, 09:44 PM
It depends on the tracer. But they do generate additional heat so you shouldn't shoot a ton of them at a time.

animator
March 2, 2012, 09:55 PM
They do no more damage than firing a standard round. Clean as you normally would. Nothing special or extra is needed.

marktx
March 2, 2012, 10:49 PM
Don't worry about it, most types of tracer don't even light off until 75+ yards.

dprice3844444
March 3, 2012, 10:50 AM
just be careful shooting tracers so ya don't start any fires

HILLBILLY-06
March 3, 2012, 11:07 AM
just be careful shooting tracers so ya don't start any fires
The NRA ranges I have been to have them banned for that reason. Partially also the adjoining property liability as well. If you over shot the burm, (dummy on a rifle syndrome) then you could burn somebody else's woods up. That would get your whole club on the hook for liability.

KAC1911
March 3, 2012, 12:22 PM
When we used them when I was in the guard, the gun seemed to fouled more then regular ammo.

jonnyc
March 3, 2012, 12:25 PM
Just about any modern tracer round will have a delayed ignition, so it will have the same effect on a barrel as ball ammo.

30Cal
March 3, 2012, 07:58 PM
Check on calguns.net. there's a sticky in the reloading forum that I posted a couple years back that I picked up which answered the question (don't recall the bottom line).

redwun
March 6, 2012, 08:23 AM
No they will not hurt barrel. We have been firing tens of thousands of rounds no damage to our M1s or other bbl's , our M1 a Garands are just as accurate as they were 20 years ago spot on very very accurate . Tracer is big wives tail. They dont even light till there about 100 yards out I'm average we probably put 500 rounds tracer ball and another 1000 rounds of regular non tracer through the barrel every year , no problems. The thing you should watch out for is the corrosive ammo (corrosive primers). we reload our own brass , use the tracer heads bought online or gunshows. no problems .email if u need info.

GBExpat
March 6, 2012, 08:40 AM
Welcome to THR, Redwun!

BTW, the phrase is Wives' Tale ... "big wives tail" is something completely different ... ;)

OP: I agree with the consensus here, that tracer rounds are no more harmful to rifle bore than ball ammo.

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