View Full Version : Break in and cleaning
11-06-2011, 01:05 AM
So I am all set to take my Grendel to the range and was wondering if anyone recommended a break in period? If so, what does it consist of?
Also, what is the best type of cleaning supplies and lube for a new rifle, handgun, shotgun?
I really appreciate the help.
11-06-2011, 03:00 PM
I have been shooting for over 60 years now, and for the first 10-12 did not know much about cleaning and lube.
Just lube it, I use Mobile 1 leftovers from bottles used on my cars and lawn equipment.
CLP is an old standby, it's what the military supplies. Then shoot it, take it home and clean it.
I do not follow any special "break in procedures".
11-07-2011, 03:03 AM
I was in the same spot as you as I just took my new upper 6.5 out for a run. I asked my gunsmith and good friend about "break in" with a new rifle. I wanted to do everything right.
Well he tells me there is what some call the cardinal rule of breaking in a new barrel. Take one shot, clean the barrel repeat 5 times. Then shoot it 5 times and clean it yet again. others just shoot it 20 or more rounds clean it like any rifle. I just so happened to look through a older magazine and the same question was asked. You will hear about the first part because that's what your grandad a told your dad etc. They have never done actual scientific studies but for the most part if you are a target/ competitive shooter, whatever makes you feel better. Hunter, plinker shoot it and have fun!
11-07-2011, 03:38 AM
here is the thing shot one and clean with a patch, look for copper fowling if you see none you are good. should take no more then 15-20 shots to accomplish what a brake in does.. i dont really worry with it if its a high quality barrel u shouldnt have to worry about it
11-07-2011, 05:07 AM
Theres no science behind a "break-in" so i no longer waste my time. For lube use http://dsgarms.com/ProductInfo/SL60320.aspx
11-07-2011, 01:19 PM
Performing a "break-in" ritual outside of just shooting a new rifle is wasting ammo & barrel wear IMO. I will run a patch through the bore after every round for the first few shots as well as inspect the action for metal debris. There is always the possibility of leftovers from the assembly process or moving parts creating filings. Other than that, I just shoot it.
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