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Old 09-28-2012, 22:07   #1
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Breaking in a New Rifle

I will be shooting my Colt LE6920 for the first time in the morning. I have heard all kinds of things about how to break in a new rifle including pouring motor oil down the barrel, or cleaning the rifle after each shot for the first several rounds, to just going out and shooting it.

I cleaned and lubed the gun last night. How do you guys break in a new rifle?

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Old 09-28-2012, 22:10   #2
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just shoot it. Clean it when it gets dirty.
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Old 09-28-2012, 22:15   #3
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Give it a half decent cleaning to get the preservatives out of the BCG and bore first. Lube with a quality lube (SLiP 2000 has been fantastic for me), shoot the crap out of it, and clean it when you get tired of looking at the filth.
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Old 09-28-2012, 22:22   #4
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"Clean after every shot" break-ins only affect match grade barrels without a chrome lining. As said before, wipe the factory goo out of it (my Colt was covered in it), lube what needs to be lubed, and shoot it.
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Old 09-28-2012, 22:34   #5
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Clean it, lube it, load it, shoot it.

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Old 09-28-2012, 22:37   #6
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I would give it a good cleaning to get all the residues from manufacturing and the preservatives from being shipped and stored. Lube it real good, maybe a bit more than you really need to so the metal parts that slide together will rub/slide and not grind their wear pattern in. Clean well after use.

The precision of how these weapons are made, they really don't require a "break in" period.
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Old 09-28-2012, 22:41   #7
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What parts would you guys normally lube on a Colt?

I cleaned it real well, getting all the "goo" out and lubed the bolt carrier, bolt itself, charging handle, and the chamber all with a thin layer of gun oil. (Used Hoppes elite - its all I had.) I also put a few extra drops on the little rings on the bolt and the springs in the lower. I put no oil in the barrel at all.

Anything I miss?

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Old 09-28-2012, 23:19   #8
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Yes, you missed "reading the manual". It will help. In addition, get rid of the Hoppes. On that gun, use Mobile 1 30W or similar.
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Old 09-28-2012, 23:25   #9
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Yes, you missed "reading the manual". It will help. In addition, get rid of the Hoppes. On that gun, use Mobile 1 30W or similar.
Really poor instructions in the manual about where to lube/oil the rifle.

That's why I was asking.
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Old 09-28-2012, 23:56   #10
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What parts would you guys normally lube on a Colt?
When I break in a new AR I run it wet. Cover the BCG in CLP or whatever gun oil you use, and shoot the hell out of it.

Clean it well, and oil it lighter, and you should be good to go.
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Pour motor oil down the barrel? right....
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:56   #12
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CLP or Slip 2000.

Strip it down.

Wipe out any gunk.

Disassemble BCG, un-gunk. Reassemble. Some lube on the bolt head, bottom/top of the BCG and maybe the cam pin. Reassemble rifle. Work the action 3-4 times. Drop 2 drops of lube into the holes on the side of the BCG visible through the ejection port. Work action again. You're in business.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:51   #13
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Breaking in a barrel should only be considered if you have an expensive match barrel.

Chrome-lined barrels (like found on the 6920) do not benefit.
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:58   #14
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AR15 lube points........

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_7/548...BE_POINTS.html
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Pour motor oil down the barrel? right....

I use EVOO olive oil.
Makes the bullets taste better.



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I use EVOO olive oil.
Makes the bullets taste better.



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I HAVE used butter flavor Crisco to lube muzzle loaded patches.
Wonder if it would work on the AR?

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:01   #17
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I use EVOO olive oil.
Makes the bullets taste better.



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Epic.


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Since we're being serious I'll share. I use the blood of anti 2A liberals and the semen of war gods. Just apply once, I'd wear gloves who knows what types of deseases are floating around in the lib DNA. No need to even clean.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:02   #19
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Shoot it until it starts to jam. Since its a Colt that should be in the first couple of magazines... Then clean it and repeat.
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"Clean after every shot" break-ins only affect match grade barrels without a chrome lining. As said before, wipe the factory goo out of it (my Colt was covered in it), lube what needs to be lubed, and shoot it.
Barrel break in is bunk, and always has been - even for match barrels. The only thing it helps is fatten the barrel makers wallet.

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What parts would you guys normally lube on a Colt?

Anything I miss?
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CLP or Slip 2000.

Strip it down.

Wipe out any gunk.

Disassemble BCG, un-gunk. Reassemble. Some lube on the bolt head, bottom/top of the BCG and maybe the cam pin. Reassemble rifle. Work the action 3-4 times. Drop 2 drops of lube into the holes on the side of the BCG visible through the ejection port. Work action again. You're in business.
Ding ding ding. I usually wipe down all the surfaces with SLiP 2000 when I field strip the bolt. The rest of the time, all I do is hit the cam pin, the gas rings (pull back the bolt about an inch, and you'll see the shiny steel gas rings through the two forward witness holes in the carrier), and the rear witness hole (dribbles down to bolt tail and/or firing pin, I believe) with 2 drops of oil each. Keeping the gas rings wet is the key, though.
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