Breaking in a firearm

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Okie_6Shooter, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Okie_6Shooter

    Okie_6Shooter New Member

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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!
     
  2. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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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. ;)
     

  3. Okie_6Shooter

    Okie_6Shooter New Member

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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?
     
  4. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. Okie_6Shooter

    Okie_6Shooter New Member

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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.
     
  7. JW357

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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.
     
  8. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    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.
     
  9. hairbear1

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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)
     
  10. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    For 99.9% of new or new to you guns, the gun has to break in the shooter. ;)
     
  11. Doc3402

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    That is a loaded question. It depends on the manufacturer and what they pack the gun in. I recently got a Sig that was almost dripping with oil. For this one I ran a swab through the barrel, went to the range and had a fun day of shooting. A recently purchased Ruger semi got the same treatment, and it was a disaster. Short of a kaboom every malfunction you could imagine occurred. I took it home, gave it a very good cleaning and oiling and it now works great.

    When I was having all my problems with a Kimber, the number they kept throwing around for a break in period was 500 rounds, and they specified ball ammo only. 500 rounds with a malfunctioning pistol is not a fun experience.
     
  12. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    And you don't know if it's gonna work until 500 rounds later. Definitely not what you expect from a Kimber 1911.
     
  13. Doc3402

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    It was a lot of time, a not insignificant amount of money, and a huge amount of frustration. After three repair attempts they did refund the sale price, but the ammo and associated state taxes and fees were my problem.
     
  14. therewolf

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    This is a little complicated, but I'll try to make it as easy as possible.

    Oil the bore.

    Keep the barrel lubricated.

    Don't let the rifling run dry.

    Oil the bore.

    Oil the bore.

    Oil the bore.

    Oil the bore.

    Oil the bore.
     
  15. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If I'm going to stake my life on it, I will run 200 rounds through it.