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Old 12-29-2013, 04:27 AM   #1
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I have learned a whole lot from all of you on here. I hear talk about breaking in a firearm but am curious, for both pistols and rifles, exactly what that entails. All pros/cons and tips/tricks are welcome. Thanks a bunch!

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This entails a proper cleaning of the bore to remove possible residues. Checking stock screws bedding scope mounts etc. Possible trigger adjustments scope adjustments for eye relive. Checking fired cases for signs of improper head space.
If you want purchase a jar of JB Non-embedding bore cleaner and follow the instruction for bore conditioning.

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I always try to give a good once-over and clean it, especially to learn the breakdown of the firearm. What about actually firing the gun, any special precautions?

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Nothing more than the standard gun safety rules. Make sure you are wearing eye and hearing protection.

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For most high quality modern pistols it shouldn't be necessary.

As someone else said. I do disassemble to remove packing grease and oil, which is often a bit thicker and "more sludgy" than regular gun oil. While doing that is a good opportunity to visually inspect for any obvious problems, loose screws etc. Lube according to the manual, and shoot. If the manual doesn't specify specific oiling points, I will usually put a drop on the slide rails or grooves, the barrel hood, locking block, and any other points that look like friction points. Some aluminum framed guns with steel slides will get some grease on the frame rails I stead of oil. Glocks used to come from the factory with a copper anti-seize grease on the frame rail tabs, (they still may. I haven't bought a new one in several years.). This was recommended to be left in place for the first hundred rounds.

I don't do barrel break ins other than cleaning and copper removal after every full box of ammo for the first hundred rounds, then just regular cleaning with copper removal every couple hundred rounds on non chromed bores.

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I appreciate all the feedback and from the sounds of it I think I've been alright. For awhile I thought there might have been something I was missing.

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Clean; shoot; clean; shoot; repeat.

The number I've heard thrown around for number of rounds in a break-in period is around 250 for semi-auto handguns. I don't know if this is an arbitrary number or legit.

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I appreciate all the feedback and from the sounds of it I think I've been alright. For awhile I thought there might have been something I was missing.
No, nothing is missed. Most rifles and pistols are gtg out of the box. For a few smaller pistols, such as the .380 Kahr and the Kimber Solo, a break in is specified. Competitive long range rifle shooters have their own routine, but I am not well familiar with it.
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If your going to also reload for the rifle you may as well use the running in time to find a load that works as well................2 for the price of 1.

All's I do with a new barrel/rifle is swab the barrel out before firing any shots at all to get rid of any grease/swarf and then get it printing on paper at 50 yds and then 100yds and then start load development.

Don't let the barrel get too hot and after sighting in and load development clean the barrel out and it's ready to start making paddock pizza.(condensed version)

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All's I do with a new barrel/rifle is swab the barrel out before firing any shots at all to get rid of any grease/swarf and then get it printing on paper at 50 yds and then 100yds and then start load development.
For 99.9% of new or new to you guns, the gun has to break in the shooter.
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