Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley
I have what you'd probably call a silly question. I have a rifle that was never properly broken in. By that I mean the shoot one, clean and repeat method. Never had anything but your typical cleaner used either. Either Hops or Remington. Nothing specifically for copper. I think the 1st time it was shot was after a quick cleaning, then about 20 straight rounds sighting it in. From there on it was 5-15 rounds and a typical cleaning again. This would consist of patches followed by a brushing. Then dry patches. Oh, this was with the rod end that you pulled patches through. I never owned a jag until now. By my count, should be 110 rounds through it like this. At 100yds it shoots 3/4-1" for 5 shots.
For a gun like this, would you recommend cleaning it really well with a copper cleaner and regular cleaner like in the article then rebreaking it in, or just clean it well and continue to shoot as normal? Basically wondering how much damage I've done.
Sorry for the basic/dumb question. My gun was the one of the first that was new in my family so we'd never had to worry about breaking one in. Accuracy wasn't super needed either. Typical shots where I used to hunt were 50-100 yards.