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 Tracer ammo, Bad for Barrel?
tj16  [Member]
6/28/2005 5:39:14 PM
I was just wondering if they damage the barrel at all. ITs chromelined. Was considering getting some for the 4th...
Thanks TJ
Stickman  [Member]
6/28/2005 5:53:46 PM
Make sure you bumpfire it.
WIZZO_ARAKM14  [Team Member]
6/28/2005 6:07:16 PM
They shouldn't.

Most tracers don't actually light up until 100yds, or so, downrange so I doubt they will burn your barrel up.

WIZZO
tj16  [Member]
6/28/2005 7:05:24 PM
thanks for the info...
DasRonin  [Team Member]
6/28/2005 7:43:15 PM
tj16  [Member]
6/28/2005 9:13:34 PM
the reason i ask is because i remember reading someone saying somthing abou tit beeing bad for your barrel... Sorry if it was a dumb question...
poppinsexz  [Member]
6/28/2005 9:38:08 PM
To make tracers light they are made of all kinds of super hot burning materials like magnesium, potassium and other nasty stuff

They do indeed light up in your barrel.

The Army wants tracers mixed with ball just for that reason. It keeps the super hot burning metals from building up in the barrel and causing damage.
HeavyMetal  [Team Member]
6/28/2005 9:39:42 PM
Tracers light around ten not a hundred yards. Use no more than a 50-50 mix of ball to tracer.

Tracers burn inside the barrel, it is the invisible delay that is burning that must burn thru to the visible compound.
poppinsexz  [Member]
6/28/2005 9:41:15 PM
Also go to http://www.ammo-oracle.com/body.htm and read up on tracers it is good stuff.
P806  [Team Member]
6/28/2005 10:10:45 PM

Originally Posted By Stickman:
Make sure you bumpfire it.



Just don't do it underwater.
Hotgun  [Member]
6/29/2005 7:35:59 AM
...depends on how many you are going to shoot....
a) A few dozen
b) A few hundred
c) A few thousand.

If the answer is a or b, it's unlikely you'll notice.

Mil-Spec tracer ammo has a steel jacket which will increase wear on the barrel. A good estimate is that firing one round of mil-spec tracer ,with gilding metal coated steel jacket, will be equivilent to having fired three copper-jacketed ball rounds. The trace element will not harm your rifle.

Have fun,
Hotgun
blackeye  [Member]
6/29/2005 8:26:57 AM


The only negative comments I have ever heard about tracers were having to do with it being pretty dirty.

Keiler  [Member]
6/29/2005 5:25:46 PM
As far as I know tracers SHOULD start to burn after maybe 10 meters out of the barrel. Truth is, however, that a considerable number already ignits inside the barrel, and phosphorus burns HOT, REALLY hot.
So, if you dont "wipe" your barrel with a normal non-tracer, you run danger of burning the barrel in spots. That will result in pittings and weak steel in small areas.
John11167  [Team Member]
7/7/2005 10:22:30 AM

Originally Posted By Keiler:
As far as I know tracers SHOULD start to burn after maybe 10 meters out of the barrel. Truth is, however, that a considerable number already ignits inside the barrel, and phosphorus burns HOT, REALLY hot.
So, if you dont "wipe" your barrel with a normal non-tracer, you run danger of burning the barrel in spots. That will result in pittings and weak steel in small areas.



Could that non tracer round be ever other if you shoot a few ?
or should it be 2 or 3 non then another tracer ??

I have not shot them before so I wanted to know before I cause problems to my barrel.

I have a 24" DPMS stainless .308LR

thanks
Keiler  [Member]
7/7/2005 2:44:01 PM
As far as I know a mix of 1:2 (1 tracer, 2 normal) is a common practise, as well as 2:3.
For safety reasons I would put 2 normal rounds between the tracers.
OTOH, 1:1 shouldnt harm if you dont overdo it. Put a few normal rounds through barrel when youre done shooting tracers.

Regards!
Hotgun  [Member]
7/8/2005 7:40:44 AM
No safety issues firing tracer, except normal gun handling AND the risks of setting something downrange ablaze Mil practice is typically 4:1 (ball/tracer).
John11167  [Team Member]
7/8/2005 8:55:43 AM

Originally Posted By Keiler:
As far as I know a mix of 1:2 (1 tracer, 2 normal) is a common practise, as well as 2:3.
For safety reasons I would put 2 normal rounds between the tracers.
OTOH, 1:1 shouldnt harm if you dont overdo it. Put a few normal rounds through barrel when youre done shooting tracers.

Regards!



Thanks Keiler...

Another reason I love this place. Good information all the time.

I havnet fired any tracers yet but a place I go in Texas alllows it so I wanted to try some .308 in my DPMS.

Keiler  [Member]
7/8/2005 4:17:43 PM
I meant "safety for barrel"
Better safe than sorry or so they say


Originally Posted By Hotgun:
No safety issues firing tracer, except normal gun handling AND the risks of setting something downrange ablaze Mil practice is typically 4:1 (ball/tracer).