Rifle breakin period

Rifle breakin period

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    Rifle breakin period

    Question: What is the proper break in procedure?

    Answer: "There really is no 'right' way to break in your barrel, but here is the procedure that I use. Get some copper solvent (I like Hoppes #9 Benchrest) and your cleaning gear, and head out to the range for an extended shooting session. Fire one round, then clean the barrel and let it cool. Do this after every shot for the first 10 rounds. After that, clean and cool after every 2 shots for the next 10 rounds. Then clean and cool after every 3 rounds for the next 9 rounds. At this point the barrel has been treated and is ready to go. Be sure to clean the barrel/rifle one last time with a standard cleaning solvent to remove the remains of the copper solvent."
    In this process do you clean with regular solvent after the copper solvent for all cleaning stages, or just after the final one?

    Thanks,

    J

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    You clean with "regular" solvent first to remove the carbon fouling. Then use the copper solvent, as the copper fouling in generaly hidden under the carbon fouling.

    You then need to use something to de-activate the copper solvent. you can use rubbing alcohol, or any solvent recommended by the copper solvent manufacturer. Most regular solvents will act to deactivate / purge the copper solvent from the bore.

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    I generally clean out the copper solvant after I'm done with the break in period. Again, there is no real "right" way to do it. Many people do it differently. Do not leave copper solvant in your barrel. (you can leave it over night if you want to really work the copper fouling out....)

    MEL




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    Thanks for the info.

    John

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