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Old 03-28-2008, 05:09 PM
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Howa rifle break in procedure - any comments?

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Sorry, I tried to post the procedure, had trouble with the Howa site...

They said use window cleaner on the bore and ammonia in the bore cleaner? I'm confused...
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:44 PM
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First off, any such elaborate break-in procedure is strictly optional. You won't hurt a darned thing if you simply wipe any oil out of the bore befroe firing, then shoot and, once you're finished, use a good copper-solvent cleaner to clean it.

If you want to follow their procedure, though, it won't hurt anything if done properly. Use a good rod and clean from the rear after removing the bolt to avoid damaging the muzzle. Windex and similar cleaners are good powder solvents, and almost all copper-solvent cleaners contain ammonia. If you're using a copper solvent ALWAYS follow the instructions on the container, as ammonia can damage steel if left in the bore too long.
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:46 PM
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Mush, break-in proceedures are one of the great discussions on rifle forums!

Start with a completely clean bore with a new rifle. Get it really clean.

Shoot a short series of loads at the range, 10-20 rounds at the most. Get it really clean again, use an abraisive cleaner like remington 10X. Repeat 2-3 times.

You can start a war with how many times to repeat this cycle, how many shots per cycle, etc.

Bottom line, it'll be fine after a couple of passes.
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Old 03-29-2008, 03:29 AM
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Everyone has an opinion on barrel break in, the procedure on the Howa website is the same as what I use with the exception of the Windex (but I use a non oil based bore cleaner). The Windex is a good idea though. Why bother with barrel break in? So you can smooth the pores and ridges of the barrel so you will get less fouling and sometimes increased accuracy. A complete cleanning between each shot allows the bullet to contact barrel steel and not the fouling left from the previous shot. This is a good time to sight your rifle in and work up loads. Normally I just do 10 shots cleaning between each and then stretch out the cleaning between shots as needed until excess fouling is eliminated. If you don't bother with barrel break in you won't do any damage. In fact you can often use the barrel break in on an older gun that fouls excessivly with success.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:34 AM
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I always just give the bore a good cleaning and shoot, the key is to not overheat the barrel ever, but especially when its new
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Go to our "Tips and Comments" forum, scroll down and read some of the previous posts on this subject. Also, scroll down to the bottom of this page to the "Similar Threads" section and click on the thread about break-in.

Do an Archives search (bottom of page, lower right corner) and look for barrel break-in info. You will find more than you can possibly digest.
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