I'm new to gun ownership so I never gave this much thought, but today while clicking through youtube videos I saw this
I've never gone through this with my .30-06 (which has to date, only had about 100 rounds put through it), and I'm picking up a 10/22 on Thursday, so should I go through this process with them? or is this breaking in period something that happens over time with just normal shooting?
on related note, could I use a "bore snake" instead of going through this whole process of pulling out the bolt, scrubbing with solvent, and then running a patch through it? Any thoughts on the bore snake besides? all the reviews seem pretty positive.