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  • Barrel break-in & cleaning guide

    Barrel break-in & cleaning guide

    Break-in and cleaning guide.

    Always clear the weapon and make sure it is unloaded.

    Before shooting your new rifle, ALWAYS clean the bore. There may be debris in the bore from shipping.


    • Shoot three shots and clean twice
    • Shoot 6 shots and clean once
    • Shoot 12 shots and clean
    • For the first 100 shots, clean every 25-30 rounds
    • After the first 100 rounds, clean when accuracy starts to degrade.


    Always use a good copper solvent such as Montana Xtreme 50BMG™, Spooge™, Shooters Choice™, or Sweets 7.62™. Always run three wet patches one way through, discarding each patch. This will rid your bore of carbon that can be dangerous if “scrubbed” into the bore. Run a wet brush 10 strokes and let sit. This allows the copper solvent to work. Dry patch and inspect. If copper can still be seen, run a wet patch followed by the wet brush again. When you see very little or no copper, dry patch. Then run 5 alcohol patches to clear the solvent out. DO NOT use Hoppes to do this with. IT DOES NOT WORK! You will have copper solvent ...
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  • Intensive bore cleaning

    Intensive bore cleaning

    This isn't the process that I use everytime I clean a rifle. I do this process once a year on the rifles that I shoot heavily and on brand-new factory rifles before I break them in. I also recommend it for rifles that you know are heavily fouled, or are starting to lose their accuracy. It's also good for getting any moly, teflon, etc out of your bore. This process does several things. The hot water heats the factory fouling up, softening it and making it easier to remove. It also heats the barrel, opening the pores in the metal and enabling you to get it really clean. I usually do this once a year to the rifles I shoot regularly as part of my routine maintenance. If you have a rifle that is really fouled this will clean it out. I also do this with brand new rifles that have factory, "non-match" barrels. Helps get any fouling out of the barrel from the test-firing and manufacturing processes. A friend of mine bought a used, tuned PSS from a guy who complained that it wouldn’t group anymore, saying it probably needed a new barrel. I cleaned it after my friend shot...
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    Last edited by nate; 01-03-2015, 04:23 PM. Reason: Added tags

  • Shep's M14 checklist

    Shep's M14 checklist

    I use MD Labs' XF7 grease. This is the same grease that Smith Enterprise uses on the M14's they are building for the US Army. Brownell's has it:

    Here's some other tools you'll need:

    Ratcheting chamber brush:

    Rod guide/muzzle guide/bore guide: 111#13111

    or &s=462#462

    Gas piston drill:

    Gas cylinder wrench:

    Service Rifle Solvent port:

    Bolt roller greaser:

    Also, plenty of USGI mags and several...
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