Best way to break in a new AR

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by kygator13, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. kygator13

    kygator13 New Member

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    I was able to purchase my first AR the other day. So far I have just cleaned the factory oils and dust off my rifle but nothing in the barrel. What are some best practices to break in a new rifle?

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  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Oil and shoot.

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  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I just clean them thoroughly of all factory junk feline and go shoot.

    I'm convinced that voodoo rituals of scrubbing after x rounds y times does pretty much nothing.
     
  4. Triumphman

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    It depends on the Barrel. A Non-chrome lined barrel will require some shooting, cleaning, then shooting again to season(strengthen the bore) barrel properly. If you have a Manual, it should say in it, but to also keep Warranty in effect. An un-chromed barrel will NOT take the abuse like a Chrome-Lined barrel can take. That's not saying you can't do a 10/20/30-shot Mag dump, just can't do it Mag after Mag.
    A Chrome-lined Barrel is cleaned and shot ever how you like.


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  5. forrest225

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  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Chrome lining gives you about 10k more rounds before the barrel is shot out than a ss barrel. Wear rate from heavy use is the same.

    I've got two ar that are high enough quality I consider precision bores both are ss barrels one I did the shoot clean shoot clean etc ritual the other I just took it and shot it. After initial cleanings of course. Both are able to turn in 1/4 moa groups at 100yds. If there is a diff tween a complicated cleaning breakin and not doing it I haven't seen quantifiable proof it helps other than opinion to date.

    You can do the ritual or not it doesn't hurt anything one way or the other. If the barrel maker has a breakin procedure it can't hurt to follow it but the fact every high end maker has a different oppinion on how it's done and the why's of it and a different way to do it is proof to me that it really doesn't matter

    I do highly recommend the jp bore cleaning guide whatever you do. Just an awesome tool for cleaning
     
  7. kygator13

    kygator13 New Member

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    I have a chrome lined barrel on mine. Thanks fir all of the tips

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  8. chloeshooter

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  9. string1946

    string1946 New Member

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    My .308 AR barrel came from DPMS and their instructions was to clean after each shot for the first 10 and then clean after every 10 till you get to 200. I'm not sure its worth the trouble but like someone else said it couldn't hurt anything.
     
  10. DropZone889

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    Does anyone know if the Melonite barrels last the same as chromed and do they require any special cleaning/handling ?

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  11. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Clean it , shoot it, shoot it, shoot it , shoot it, and shoot it some more .
     
  12. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I just run a lightly oiled patch down a new-to-me barrel to remove gunk and possible obstructions then lube the BCG and shoot a lot! Wives tales about break in are a waste of time for common barrels.
     
  13. NC1760

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    The bloom of new rifle love!!

    Ballistol... Bore snake... decent quality ammo... Your best friends on the range!! ;)
     
  14. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    No special handling is required for Melonite barrels. I don't know the longevity, except that to test it you need a very large expense account.
     
  15. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    A quality new AR is gtg out of the box. Congratulations on it.