Bolt Rifle Break-In


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gaucho1
September 27, 2006, 11:21 PM
I am an AK nut.
I just purchased a stainless savage with accutrigger.
1in9 twist.
I need help in breaking this rifle in so I can optimize accuracy.
Please give me the sequence of events and all recommendations.
Thank You
:confused:

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rangerruck
September 27, 2006, 11:48 PM
go here and herehttp://yarchive.net/gun/barrel/break_in.html
http://www.snipercountry.com/Article...BreakIn_II.asp
http://www.gunnersden.com/index.htm....-cleaning.html
http://www.6mmbr.com/barrelFAQ.html#24641
http://www.jacksonrifles.com/maintenance.htm
http://www.riflebarrels.com/articles/default.htm
http://www.kriegerbarrels.com/RapidC...CompanyId=1246
http://members.cox.net/benchrest/Rimfire_notes.html
yes, overcleaning will wear out a bbl faster than anything, really!
if you must clean, use a foaming cleaner, or something else you can leave in
the bbl, and then brush lightly, but mostly just use patches. foam again if necessary.
my typical break in is; 5 shots clean and lube after each shot.
5shot groups, clean after each group for 5 groups
5- 10 shot groups clean and lube after each group. use a brass brush.

.38 Special
September 28, 2006, 01:19 AM
IMHO barrel break-in is mostly BS. I used to have supremely accurate rifles with carefully broken-in barrels. Later, I gave up on break-in entirely and still ended up with supremely accurate rifles.

The benchrest folks are divided on barrel break-in. Some folks -- including "name" barrel makers -- insist that it's absolutely necessary. Others ignore it entirely. Both win their share of matches.

That's all I need to know.

gaucho1
September 28, 2006, 01:20 AM
I knew an informed fanatic would help me out.
Now for the CZ in 7.62x39.
Thank You again
:D

Bottom Gun
September 28, 2006, 11:12 AM
In the past, I succumbed to the BS break-in hype and went afield with my trusty cleaning kit and took up the better part of a few afternoons while I laboriously went through the break-in drill.

I cannot tell the slightest difference between the rifles I broke in and the ones I simply shot right out of the box and cleaned when I was finished. In fact, two of the rifles I did not break in shoot far better than the ones I wasted my time breaking in. Perhaps I should have waited until the moon was full. . . . . . .

The bottom line as far as I am concerned is that break-in is simply a waste of time and energy.

wuchak
September 28, 2006, 11:26 AM
Putting some JB Bore cleaner past on the bolt and cycling it a few hundred times will really smooth up the action. I suggest wiping ofr the past and reapplying after every 50 or so cycles. I did this with my CZ and it made a noticeable difference.

Bottom Gun
September 28, 2006, 11:28 AM
Armalite suggests not using JB because it is an abrasive and will shorten the life of your barrel. There is a tech bulletin on their website. It may be OK for a bolt though.

USSR
September 28, 2006, 12:39 PM
Putting some JB Bore cleaner past on the bolt and cycling it a few hundred times will really smooth up the action. I suggest wiping ofr the past and reapplying after every 50 or so cycles. I did this with my CZ and it made a noticeable difference.

Yikes!!! Don't try this at home, kids.:eek:

Don

ocabj
September 28, 2006, 12:55 PM
Lapping your bolt lugs with JB Bore Paste isn't wise. For a Savage, it's probably detrimental to accuracy. The Savage uses a floating bolt head design which ensures that the bolt lugs maintain full contact in the lug recess of the receiver, thus ensuring consistent bolt lockup every time. Lapping those lugs will definitely affect that lockup.

If you want to make sure a Savage (or any action) is smooth, you would be best to send it to a reputable gunsmith to blueprint and/or true/time the action.

Sharp Shooter Supply is one gunsmith that will true and time a Savage action. But even then most of the time, it's not even necessary since the quality control on the Savage actions is very good and truing/timing the action isn't even needed.

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