Thanks for the Welcome! Yes I'm swabbing the barrel between shots.....in fact I wonder if I'm over doing it if that's possible. I'm kinda of anal to having a clean barrel between shots as last year I was doing that with tremendous results. It's probably the the gun but I was impressed so I didn't want to change a thing. I did check all the screws on the scope mounts and base and things seem good there. I did notice a tiny bit of play on the hinge area between the barrel and the rear of the gun when broke open, but again it was so negligible that it could be nothing. I tightened the one screw about one full turn and the other was tight. I hope the powder will fix it.