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Old 02-02-2003, 07:15 AM
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Default Breaking in a New Rifle

I've got a new rifle. Sako 30.06 Stainless. I've only fired 6 rounds through it.

After thoroughly cleaning it I can still see some copper on both the lands and grooves of the rifling (near the muzzle).

Does this indicate any imperfection - other than with my cleaning?

Some of your tips on cleaning and breaking in the rifle would also be appreciated.

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Old 02-02-2003, 09:49 AM
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Default RE: Breaking in a New Rifle

Unlike a lot of folks, I have never seemed to be able to get all the copper color off the lands in my rifles. However, several of them will shoot under 1" @ 100 yards, so I guess they are OK. A lot of rifle/barrel makers will tell you that more barrels are ruined by too much/improper scrubbing than by shooting! It is possible to overdo the cleaning business!

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Old 02-02-2003, 02:09 PM
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Quick break in = Fire 2 or 3 ,clean,2 or 3,clean,with a 20 round minimum.
As to the copper,use a good strong solvent,Sweets or something like it. Patch and wait. Patch and wait,ect. Until you can't see any fouling. It is well worth the work,in the long run.

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Old 02-02-2003, 04:00 PM
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If you use sweets or cr-10 copper can be removed without a lot of scrubbing.I find that for the first 100 rounds or so copper fouling decreases prgressively with the number of rounds through the barrel.
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Old 02-03-2003, 10:39 AM
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Congratulations on your new aquisition. I don't have anything to add regarding the cleaning, just wanted to chime in. I bought the same rifle, 30-06 stainless synthetic, a few weeks ago, mounted a Leupold VX-II 3x9 using the Sako mounts. Unfortunately I've been pretty busy these last few weekends and haven't been able to get to the range yet. Hopefully that'll change this weekend.
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Old 02-03-2003, 01:55 PM
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These guys have a very interesting take on barrel break-in.
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