shooting Steyr for first time tomorrow

Walter Haas

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Guys, hello. I have a question about breaking in my SSG 08 A1 barrel tomorrow. I don't want to damage the barrel. I don't want another scene like with one of my brand new BMW's when I misinterpreted the oil gauge warning light and drove it thousands of miles with no oil in it and then pulled up to the dealership asking why is the engine shaking like that. That's a true story, sadly.

Now if I follow Steyr's manual for barrel break in it will look like this:
  • shoot three rounds
  • clean with solvent, then use bronze brush, then more solvent until squeaky clean
  • shoot five rounds
  • clean with solvent, then use bronze brush, then more solvent until squeaky clean
  • shoot five more rounds
  • clean with solvent, then use bronze brush, then more solvent until squeaky clean
  • finally, shoot ten more rounds
  • clean with solvent, then use bronze brush, then more solvent until squeaky clean
Why is this bronze brush necessary after three rounds?
Why do I not need to oil the barrel after solvent? Wouldn't it strip the oil and be metal on metal?
These are my products for tomorrow. What if I applied FP10 after every cleaning? Is this Eliminator bore cleaner going to lubricate the barrel also?

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Gee Kay

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Just run a dry patch through it, that's all I did when I zeroed my LA105. Leave proper cleaning for when you get home as other have said.
 
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Harman117

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Yeah, clean it once good when it's new from the factory, then keep shooting until your accuracy diminishes (hundreds of rounds), then clean again.
I've been doing this with my last few rifles and have not noticed any difference from when I used to follow a "break in" procedure.
I couldn't find any actual scientific tests or evidence one way or the other, and my experiences seem to support that.

But if it makes you feel better you could just follow the instructions Steyr provides, doubt it will hurt anything. It will just take some more time away from actually shooting.
 
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