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Author Topic: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???  (Read 1428 times)

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How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« on: March 04, 2009, 11:36:37 PM »
I have a close friend who just purhased a new 22-250.  What are some of your opinions on how to properly clean and break in a new rifle?
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How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« on: March 04, 2009, 11:36:37 PM »
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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 11:16:07 AM »
It may not be right but I treat a new gun just like my others. After a days worth of shooting clean her up before you put her to bed. If you have a scope mounted do a quick check on target every once in awhile to make sure everything is still on.

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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009, 11:20:03 AM »
Go to Shilen Rifle Barrel home and they have a break-in procedure, that's what I use.
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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009, 11:24:45 AM »
This article will give you some good insight, better than I can explain.
http://www.gameandfishmag.com/hunting/guns-shooting/gf_aa116902a/
I hope this helps answer you question
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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 01:41:22 PM »
When I am breaking my gun in I will run a bore snake through it at the end of every shooting session. I do this until I have about 500 rounds through it. I will then strip it down and completely clean it. After that the only time it gets a thorough cleaning is at the end of the season when it is getting stored. I do run a bore snake through it (after that) every time I shoot it. I do not base this on any scientific study it is just what I believe is right to do.
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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009, 08:15:03 PM »
clean the bore with a good bore cleaner PRIOR to shooting it to remove whatever preservative (such as cosmolene) put a couple of boxes of ammo through it, then clean the barrel with a copper solvent and tornado brush! there after every 50-100 round clean the barrel with a good copper solvent to remove copper fouling. Sweets works good but has a reallllyyyy strong amonia smell!
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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 10:32:45 PM »
Thanks for all the tips and links.   I'll share the info with my bud. 

On one of Midway USA's commercials they recommended not only cleaning the barrel with bore solvent and brush before shooting a new gun, but after every shot for the first five shots.  Then after every 5 shots.  Then after every 10 shots until 50 shots have been fired.  I thought that was a little overkill.
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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009, 09:09:57 AM »
believe it or not... for a brand new bolt action I use Crest toothpaste and a tooth brush on the bolt and action guides.  It actually works instead of a polishing stone...  Same on new auto pistols on the action and slide...   And what a smile when I'm done!   @--0--0123

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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2009, 10:28:03 AM »
Thanks for all the tips and links.   I'll share the info with my bud. 

On one of Midway USA's commercials they recommended not only cleaning the barrel with bore solvent and brush before shooting a new gun, but after every shot for the first five shots.  Then after every 5 shots.  Then after every 10 shots until 50 shots have been fired.  I thought that was a little overkill.

Some will say on a new rifle clean powder and copper fouling after every shots up to 10, then after every 5 shots.  Yeah it seems like overkill.  I've done it to what few new rifles I've purchased.  If you plan on shooting long range it may be good, I'm sure it doesn't hurt.

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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2009, 10:34:26 AM »
Remington recommends:

Shoot 1 round then clean. Repeat 5 times
Shoot 2 rounds then clean. Repeat 3 times.
Shoot 3 rounds then clean. Repeat 3 times.

This is a total of 20 rounds.

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Re: How do you properly clean and break in a new rifle???
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2009, 04:45:18 AM »
On one of Midway USA's commercials they recommended not only cleaning the barrel with bore solvent and brush before shooting a new gun, but after every shot for the first five shots.  Then after every 5 shots.  Then after every 10 shots until 50 shots have been fired.  I thought that was a little overkill.

I was given this same information by the gunsmith that helped me build my .338 Win Mag. He explained the reasoning behind this was to help remove any burrs in the rifling left by the machining. The original cleaning should help stand them up, the first shot presses them down and so on and by cleaning after each of the first few shots you also clean out any residue that may have hung up on a burr and may effect following shots. This method is supposed to insure you get a truly smooth bore that will be easier to clean later on down the line. You may think it is overkill but it will also keep you from heating up the barrel so your test shots will be from a "cold" barrel so your sighting in will also be more accurate. It also lets you become more familiar and comfortable with you new firearm. @--0--0101
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