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Breaking in the M1A Scout

Postby ioxymoron » Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:01 pm

Hi Guys

There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on how to break in a new rifle barrel. Some says to clean it after every shot for the first 30 shots or so. Some say clean it after the first shot, again after the fourth shot, then just as you normally would after finishing the day's shooting. Some say cleaning the bore too much is harmful. I read an article on the internet by a gunsmith who said as many rifle barrels are ruined by cleaning as by shooting. So, what is a novice to do?

Can some knowledgeable rifleman give me the true best practice?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Breaking in the M1A Scout

Postby gunshack » Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:53 pm

Since you're asking specific to the M14 type rifles; If it's chrome lined bore, you aren't going to do any "breaking in" by cleaning it. If the bore isn't chromed (most Springfield Armory M1As fit this category) you can do some break in if that suits your fancy.

I like to break in new barrels by shooting one, then clean with a brass brush, shoot two, clean, shoot three... and so on until I shoot five, clean, shoot another five and clean. When I'm done with the break in, I've used up one box of ammo and one brass brush. After that I do not use a brush to clean my bores. I only use patches on a jag to clean bores after the initial break-in.

This debate is waged form teh local plinking range to the top shooting competitions. Everyone has their opinion, but no discernable advantage comes from any one method.
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Re: Breaking in the M1A Scout

Postby The Big Dog » Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:22 pm

That's a great answer, and I thank you for it. I've got a couple of brand new rifles I need to get started with and that will help.
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Re: Breaking in the M1A Scout

Postby ioxymoron » Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:25 pm

Thanks Gunshack.
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