Written by: Mark Greer
First and foremost I want to thank anyone who may glance or rather “study in detail” this section. I am flattered that you are reading this article on a subject that I am passionate about “Shooting”! Not just any shooting (which I do enjoy), but “Long Range Shooting, 500-1500 yards”! For those who know me you realize I usually just jump right into this subject and for those who don’t know me . . . here we go. Let’s visit Breaking in a New Rifle, first my method may not be what others do, however, it has served me well in the past.
1. Clean barrel using a nylon brush with bore guide a minimum of 10 strokes from chamber to muzzle end.
2. Put at least 10 patches through with 3-4 of them wet with your preferred solvent. I use KG-Systems 1 and KG-Systems 12, also Shooters’ Choice. Once you start with a solvent try not to mix them as a negative chemical reaction could occur, to relate think of a bunch of guys eating chili at deer-camp.
3. Shoot one round and repeat cleaning process 1 and 2; include Carbon Remover followed by Copper Remover.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 for the next 19 single rounds; totaling 20 rounds/20 cleanings.
5. You’re half way. . .
6. Now begin a three-shot group, you can now start a zero process for your optics. Repeat the above cleaning steps after each 3-shot group; totaling 10 three-shot groups/10 cleanings.
7. Now you have a total of “50” rounds down the barrel. I personally move to a five-round group and continue the cleaning process up to a count of 250 rounds total; 20 single rounds, 10 three-shot rounds (30), and 40 five-shot rounds (200) and 70 cleanings.
8. That’s a lot of patches! Don’t fret you can now tell your wife honestly that you have been cleaning diligently.
9. Remember – small steps are never wasted.
In my opinion the trick is to ensure you remove carbon, copper and any pollutants, so they do not build up round after round. The other major accomplishment with this method is the smoothing of the area where the chamber ends and the lands/rifling of the barrel begins. This article reflects the process for a factory firearm, however, custom rifles may have you follow a different procedure, but my method certainly does not harm those either.
Next time we will visit on Rifle Set-Up for Optics!
“Distance is my friend, for I am trained-my opponent is not.” Author Unknown
Mark Greer’s experience in Long-Range Shooting stems from his military accomplishments as a qualified Airborne Ranger Sniper and Instructor. He continues his instruction expertise through training and consulting in ballistics.