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Should you clean a new gun before shooting it

Should you clean a new gun before shooting it

Gun enthusiasts know that feeling of excitement that follows getting a new gun. We can’t wait to try it out! However, if you’re new to guns or looking for ways to improve your accuracy, you may be wondering “should I clean a new gun before shooting it?” Do you know how to clean a rifle for the first time? If not this is one of the basics of gun ownership and you should start by consulting your gun manual.

Should you clean a new gun before shooting it?

First, it’s always a good idea to start with a visual inspection using a borescope. You can even record video to save and reference later as the barrel ages. Always read the manufacturer’s recommendations in the manual. Many modern guns are designed ready to shoot and don’t need to be cleaned first. If you are buying a used or surplus gun then it’s a good idea to disassemble and clean the firearm before you use it. 

Do I need to disassemble my gun before using it for the first time?

It’s always a good idea to read the manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you don’t have a manual look up YouTube videos on how to do it. If you bought a used or surplus gun you should disassemble, clean and inspect everything before you use it. If you are asking “should you clean a new gun before shooting it” then there shouldn’t be anything wrong with cleaning it, but you don’t have to do a complete cleaning as there won’t be any carbon or copper fouling in a new barrel.

What is the procedure for breaking in a new rifle?

A break-in procedure for a new rifle means that you usually need to put a certain number of rounds through the rifle, followed by a cleaning, and then more rounds for a while until you get the rifle to shoot accurately.  Sometimes it takes a few cycles of this for the barrel to stabilize, it depends on the barrel. There is also a break-in procedure after cleaning a rifle - usually you need to fire a few shots through the barrel before you achieve top accuracy.

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