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Offline Bigchuck000

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gunsmith or break in??
« on: July 12, 2004, 01:20:05 PM »
This is an opinion question more than anything else...
In your opinion would it be better to shoot a few thousand rounds
through a new gun with a rough action  and see if it slicks up,
or just immediately have it worked on?

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Re: gunsmith or break in??
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2004, 02:52:00 PM »
Send it right in.  If the gun is rough inside (burrs, etc.) then shooting it will cause damage.  It will not smooth up on it's own.  All that happens is that you wear the gun out prematurly.

It'll start to feel smoother after a while, cause the burrs and machine marks are causing the parts to wear quickly.  But it isn't really getting smooth.  That takes polishing and stoning of parts.

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Re: gunsmith or break in??
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2004, 09:20:08 PM »
Howdy Big Chuck000,

First, you should take the new gun to the range, prepared to shoot a box of 50 rounds through it. You do this to see if it is working correctly. If not, the question is: should it go (unaltered) directly back to the manufacturer for warranty work? Or, now knowing what seems wrong with it, would you be willing to pay the gunsmith of your choice to have the problem fixed-while he tunes & slicks it up to your liking.

I think of shooting the new gun 1000 times to slick up the mismated and rough parts as kind of being like throwing a handfull of sand into the gas tank of your new car to help it break in faster.  ::)
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Re: gunsmith or break in??
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2004, 10:08:56 PM »
I gotta agree with Standpat AND Doc.  Shoot it a LITTLE just to check POA, etc. Then send it to be 'slicked' if you like the way it feels in your hand.  Good luck.
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Re: gunsmith or break in??
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2004, 09:04:29 PM »
Howdy,

There is a big difference between rough and stiff.  If the gun is really rough, then it needs some TLC, but just stiff.. I shoot'em.  Maybe change out the springs.

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Re: gunsmith or break in??
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Re: gunsmith or break in??
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2004, 11:24:55 AM »
i thinkthat there is a lot of over gunsmithing in cas these days.
which is why i started the post.  I think you should run a few hundred rounds through a gun
 before it gets sent to  a gunsmith.  Provided of course that it functions correctly.

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Re: gunsmith or break in??
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2004, 11:31:01 AM »
"Overgunsmithing in SASS" - surely you jest...

The best thing to do is to disassemble and clean and lube to your satisfaction.

I do this on any and all new (or new-to-me) guns.
That way, I'm not fighting decades of sticky oils and shellac-like buildup.
At that time - I look for any evidence of burring, and if present - I stone it away, smoothing the area.

After reassembly - I shoot it.

I shoot Colts, Winchesters and Smith & Wessons in CAS, and all I've ever had to do was to clean, lube, de-burr and replace a broken spring.

I shoot NM M1911A1's and M9's as well as NM M14's, M16A4's, MP5SD's, M82 Barrett's and M40A1 Sniper Rifles and everything else in the inventory and all I ever have to do to any of those highly modern weapons is the same.

If a gun needed instant work - then you're not buying a gun - you're buying a kit.

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