New rifle advice on break in and getting the best from it.

New rifle advice on break in and getting the best from it.

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    New rifle advice on break in and getting the best from it.

    Hi Everyone

    Ive a new Tikka T3X Sporter in .308 due in any day now.
    I went for the longer 24" Barrel and set trigger.

    Looking for recommendations/advice on best practice from when the gun arrives do's & dont's etc. Correct procedure to get the most from it.

    Thanks in advance

    Damien
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    Like with most any factory rifle, inspect and clean then shoot.

    This is the way I was taught and the way I do a new purchased factory rifle.

    I inspect it thoroughly and clean the receiver/barrel/bolt. After mounting optics I go shoot. For myself, I like to shoot from 60 to sometimes 150 rounds just getting the feel and getting some rounds thru the barrel. I will clean the barrel during that period, paying close attention to my brass(for an sign of problem like chamber burrs, etc.)and without getting the barrel HOT.

    After that many rounds I check mounts, rings receiver screws, etc. and zero the rifle. I shoot it until the accuracy degrades then I clean the barrel lightly in order to return to my original cold bore POA/POI. I may go 500 rounds without cleaning the barrel. I use a log book(barrel log) and accuracy to tell me when to clean the barrel.

    When I clean, I use a Dewey coated, one piece rod and bore guide. I still use Hoppes #9.
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    After fondling it with a fond gleam in your eye, thoroughly clean the bore.
    This should be done from the breech and with the new bore guide you bought in anticipation of receiving this new rifle.
    If the manufacturer recommends a break in procedure, follow it. If not, just shoot 20 or 30 rounds then clean.
    Beautiful rifle, oh and keep smiling while you clean and shoot.
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    thanks for the input guys, it appreciated.

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    I do a shoot and clean, shoot and clean break in on all of mine. Do that for as long as it's copper fouling fairly heavy. When it lets up some I start cleaning after every 5 rounds. Once it gets slicked up I just clean when I get through shooting. If it's my hunting rifle, I'll clean it then foul the bore with a couple of shots.
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    Most people over clean, this is a big debate.

    Since everyone else has basically said shot and clean I will tell you what I have done..

    Cleaned it before I shoot.
    Then shot the hell out of it! The powder, copper etc. Will fill in the holes and help increase accuracy. Once your gun starts to open up on its groups clean it.

    My custom Proof barrel likes it dirty! My R700 has over 800 rounds, still prints little holes, my 6.5 Creedmoor has about 1000 and prints a little hole.

    My AR opened up after 500 rounds, cleaned it and now she is back to normal. Like Midol.



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