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New rifle before first shot

12 Jul 2016
@ 07:39 am (GMT)


Just thought I'd start this thread as a reminder or a help to new shooters.

I have just brought a new rifle. A tikka.
I always knew I should clean a bore before the first shot to remove any protective oils.
Also not long before this rifle I brought a borescope too. I had always wanted one and took advise from someone who has one over those that don't seriously. (I'm not an expert though but am calling what I see)
So I look down the bore first off. There is not much signs of test firing or protective oils, Either that or it was more the fact the bore looked very rough which took my attention.
There seemed to be burrs or at least or including metal fillings everywhere. I had seen burrs in other bores before. However the burrs were usually what looks to be squashed into the bore, against a land usually. As these rifles had many rounds down the bore.
So I'm thinking if all these burrs are going to be squashed into my new rifle bore and stuck there, this can't be a good thing.
The first three wet patches were very grey. I'm guessing metal. Iv seen carbon, it wasn't that, or not just carbon at least.
I then used a wet nylon bore brush back and forth maybe seven times. And patched it clean again after.
After looking again with the bore scope I'm pleased to say the bore looks so much better. As it should for a factory barrel I would say.
I just hope my experience helps someone else. In the past I would of probably just wet patched until clean. I'm not sure if that would be enough but I can say after brush strokes as well, it is. Or was for me.
And to remind others to clean before the first round.
From here I will follow Nathan's break in guide.


12 Jul 2016
@ 11:15 am (GMT)

Warwick Marflitt

Re: New rifle before first shot
Very interesting Jason. Quite possibly swarf from machining the chamber and other production machining. Being a mass produced product in a large factory a lot of metal gets removed and must collect somewhere. Obviously the apprentice was thinking about his next date not the barrel cleaning at hand? You'd think the shop that sold it would have given it a pre-delivery check and clean for you? Oh yeah I'm old customer service is in the bin with common sense ! Well done. Some pic's of it would be cool.?
12 Jul 2016
@ 07:17 pm (GMT)


Re: New rifle before first shot
I had the ability to take pictures too. But posting them with my phone would be interesting. And I guess new rifle and all I was a bit too excited.
As far as the shop doing a pre purchase inspection... something else of my interest... my trade in was not bore scoped either and is on the shelf for sale, I wasn't asked how it shot.
12 Jul 2016
@ 07:26 pm (GMT)

Ben Grady

Re: New rifle before first shot
Hi Jason

Bore scopes are scary things, but very valuable at the same time. I bought an older second hand rifle a while back. Looking down the barrel with the naked eye, I was rapt. It had a very bright shiny barrel and anyone who looked down the barrel (as we all do when checking out someones new toy) said I had scored good one. Anyway it did copper foul a heap, groups were o.k, but not consistent. One day I had the rifle at my gun smiths thinking of ways to help it shoot better.
We put a bore scope down the barrel and I was quite shocked to see the grooves looked like the surface of the moon. The lands looked fine but the grooves were pitted and corroded big time. This did teach me a good lesson I will never forget, when it comes to rifle barrels. And I put a new barrel on that rifle and it is now my most accurate shooter. The moral to the story is be weary, even when a barrel looks fine to the naked eye.
p.s the rifle would have been fine for hunting purposes as 250 yard shooter, I wanted some thing more accurate.
12 Jul 2016
@ 10:15 pm (GMT)

Bryan Webster

Re: New rifle before first shot
I would guess that few people buying a used rifle go to the trouble of taking it to a gunsmith first. Ben's example is a smart one to follow.

Very few used firearms I ever bought never saw a gunsmith checking the headspace, bolt lugs and bolt face trueness as well as a good look inside the bore with a scope along with a close look at the muzzle, then bedding and etc.

This may cost a bit but it turns out it is generally worth the effort and if it was overpriced then you can either walk away or assess whether you can make it shoot at low cost.


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