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Inspecting the Bore of a Brand New Gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Bruno2, May 13, 2013.

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  1. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Member

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    Does anybody do it before taking a new out of the box gun to the range? I always do. I might be paranoid , but it never hurts to check if it is obstructed. I take a closer look at my bolt guns just to see if there are funny looking spots in the rifling.
     
  2. herrwalther

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    I must be paranoid too. When I am packing for a trip to the range, I take the weapon out of my RSC and give it a once over with a flashlight. This does two things, it checks how well I cleaned the firearm last time and for safety for bore obstructions or anything else to be concerned with.
     
  3. 45_auto

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    I never have. Never even crossed my mind.

    However, I also don't look up the tailpipe of a new car before I start it, so that may have something to do with it.
     
  4. Neo-Luddite

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    I've always inspected and swabbed the bore on a first trip to shoot with a new gun. My feeling is, you never know...could have obvious manufacturing problems or (more likely) some grease or packing material.
     
  5. brboyer

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    Detail strip, clean and lube before firing. Not doing so could be hazardous to your health. :scrutiny:
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Not so much inspect them, as clean them.

    New guns are shipped with either preservative oil or grease in the bore.
    Or come un-cleaned for the factory test firing.

    I would not dream of going to shoot one without cleaning it and properly lubricating it with proper oil first.

    rc
     
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    I do this with all new-to-me (whether factory new or not) firearms prior to firing them. Used or milsurp firearms receive a closer inspection.
     
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    Exactly what RC said. Run a few patches through the bore, get out whatever grease they shipped it with.
     
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    It's a good practice.

    So is running a dry swab through the bore to get rid of any factory gunk.;)
     
  10. russ69

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    Always clean a new gun. Then the bore gets "dry patched" before the gun is shot.
     
  11. Bruno2

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    I have heard from some people that they oil a new bore before shooting. I haven't bought a new gun in so long that I cant remember if I have always done that or not. Seems like I did when I got the 22-250.

    After a range or hunting trip I always clean the bore and oil it. So after the first range trip of a new gun it gets the bore oiled for sure.

    I don't know why other than just paranoia of something finding its way into a new bbl. I am about 99.99% sure nothing finds its way in there while I am in possession of it, but its just a crap shoot before then. SO better safe than sorry.
     
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    Anyone who doesn't at least check the bore of a new to them gun for possible obstructions before shooting it is taking a chance. Perhaps not a big chance, but a chance none the less, and the possible consequences can be really bad, so why risk it.

    A buddy from work bought a brand new .30-06 and split the barrel from the muzzle half way back on the first shot. Scared him pretty badly.
     
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    I actually disassemble every new one I get before I go to the range. I tell myself it's for inspection/familiarity, to "clean" it myself and to teach myself how to put it back together, but mostly it's because it's new/cool and I can't help but look at how it's made & all fits together!
     
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    Nothing worse than being in possession of a new gun you have been drooling over and not be able to shoot it for a while. That makes me get them out and start field stripping and piddling with them.
     
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    Agreed; drives me nuts. It was like that with fishing rods when I was a kid, but luckily I lived near a lake and a river so as long as it was summer I was good to go. Sadly, travel schedule for work precludes such ease of use for my guns!
     
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    The way that mass produced (or packaged) items are treated these days leaves a lot to be desired. I always have inspected any new firearm using a bore-light before accepting it, and always pull the bolt from any rifle (or use a mirror) before firing it when training. I once found a plug of styrofoam in the bore of a brand new rifle; if it had been fired, the result could have been very bad. When reloading my sidearm I like to shine a light from the breach end onto the floor before leaving the nest.
     
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    Always BEFORE buying with a bore light. Check the muzzle crown and the breech for damage. Both can get boogered at the factory, distributor or retailer. If you find it after the sale, big hassle to get fixed. If used when bought, your problem. I also like to check the barrel for pitting and rust. If dirty, mostly I'll pass since the previous owner didn't even care to clean before selling.
     
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    I field strip and clean every new gun I purchase whether it's factory new or just new to me. After shooting and cleaning it a few times I will normally detail strip and clean it. I can't help it - I have an insatiable curiosity when it comes to firearms and how they're put together and function. This drives my buddies crazy who once read somewhere that a person shouldn't clean their guns unless it's absolutely necessary because it will affect accuracy. Personally I think that's total nonsense when it comes to a self defense firearm.
     
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    Storage grease is NOT a lubricant for operation.
     
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    I look closely at the bore of every firearm I purchase, new or used. I've seen new revolvers with gouges in the bore and rifles with rust pitting.
     
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    Regardless, I do a visual just to ensure there are no obstructions.

    Most of the time, I try to run a patch and get the preservative out. It really depends on the purpose of the gun. Precision rifle? Yes. Plinker? Nah, just pour some lube on the action and run it.
     
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    A guy I work with bought one of those brass framed, U.S.A made lever guns in .22 mag , I would . He decided to shoot a few rounds in his little basement range and at 20' it was key holing . Upon closer inspection he found it had never been rifled . He ended up sending it back for replacement .
    Strange deal that was .
    Brian
     
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    for the last 5-10 years I've been running a patch with solvent, then looking down the bores of new guns.. sometimes it's like some weird peep show :p
    but seriously, an AR brrl once had a big burr at the drilled gas port
     
  24. okiewita40

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    I always inspect the bore of any firearm at the store be it new or used. In 2005 when I went to the Police academy. The Range Master had bought a brand new Ruger semi-auto. Unboxed it, loaded it up and couldn't hit a thing with it.

    After unloading it and making the weapon safe he tore it down. Upon inspection only one half of the barrel was rifled length wise. Got taught a lesson that day is to inspect every firearm thoroughly before you attempt to use it or buy it.
     
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    I'm right there with other people saying that they field strip, clean, and lubricate every new-to-me firearm before firing it. I like to get to know my firearms. I play a little Marvin Gaye, and whisper sweet nothings to them during the field strip.

    Pretty standard stuff, right?
     
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