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 Post subject: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:01 pm 
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Just brought home a new Winchester SX3. It is my first autoloader and was just wondering if I need to "break it in" so to speak. I followed the directions for initial cleaning, but was just wondering if ther was certain things that I should do to break it in. I am probably going to shoot some clay birds tomorrow night before pheasant opens Saturday here in WI. Thanks![/code]


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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:09 pm 
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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:11 pm 
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Really, some people say to shoot a couple boxes of light loads before going to the heavy stuff, I really don't think it matters that much. JMO

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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:19 pm 
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Here it goes step by step.

1. Buy ammo.
2. Shoot until you run out of ammo.
3. Buy more ammo and repeat.

Great gun, Best of luck and I hope you enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:33 pm 
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Citori Shooter wrote:
Really, some people say to shoot a couple boxes of light loads before going to the heavy stuff, I really don't think it matters that much. JMO

Actually, it's the opposite. Shoot a couple boxes of heavy loads before going to the light stuff. Some need it, some don't.

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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 10:35 am 
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Actually, it's the opposite. Shoot a couple boxes of heavy loads before going to the light stuff. Some need it, some don't.


dairyland has it. It's always a good to break in the action of a new semi auto. It can save some frustration if you were to try the light stuff right off the bat and had cycling issues.


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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:09 pm 
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Just so we are sure, Worc and dairyland are correct. My 1187 wouldn't cycle light loads at first. It was quite the nightmare as I thought I had a defective gun. 4 boxes of Nitros and now my 1187 will even cycle 2 3/4dr 1oz 9's fine.


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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:22 pm 
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Disassemble completely. Coat every part with a mixture of bacon grease, yak fat, and valve grinding compound. Grab a case or two of the heaviest loads you can find and head off to the trap range. When you see smoke and smell bacon burning it's broke in! Easy-Off, oil, and you're done! :D


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 Post subject: Re: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 5:06 am 
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shell shucker wrote:
Disassemble completely. Coat every part with a mixture of bacon grease, yak fat, and valve grinding compound. Grab a case or two of the heaviest loads you can find and head off to the trap range. When you see smoke and smell bacon burning it's broke in! Easy-Off, oil, and you're done! :D


that's the way to get it cookin'! :lol:


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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:29 pm 
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Shoot a box or two of hot 1 1/8 oz (AA super sports come to mind-1300fps) or heavier loads. Some guns need it some don't. That is what I did with my SX2 and it will even shoot the 7/8 oz light loads that the owners manual says are too light.


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 Post subject: Re: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:22 am 
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shell shucker wrote:
Disassemble completely. Coat every part with a mixture of bacon grease, yak fat, and valve grinding compound. Grab a case or two of the heaviest loads you can find and head off to the trap range. When you see smoke and smell bacon burning it's broke in! Easy-Off, oil, and you're done! :D


I tried that with my Supersport...but I kepy getting hungry when the gun got hot. :wink:


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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:45 pm 
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No Joke.

I broke in a new Benelli Supersort today.

5 boxes of 1 1/8 loads and now it's cycling 7/8th Fiocchi loads
perfectly. Shot 50 in a row without a hitch.
Brands/quaity does seem to matter.

It did hang-up a bit with 7/8th B&P loads.


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 Post subject: Re: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 1:13 pm 
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Actually, it's the opposite. Shoot a couple boxes of heavy loads before going to the light stuff. Some need it, some don't.


dairyland has it. It's always a good to break in the action of a new semi auto. It can save some frustration if you were to try the light stuff right off the bat and had cycling issues.

:oops: :oops: :oops: Guess I got em' mixed up, sorry.

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 Post subject: re: "breaking in" a new shotgun
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:39 pm 
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A couple of boxes of stout loads will do it. I remember back in the '70s, I bought my brother a Weatherby Auto. He bought some reg game loads, and it wouldn't cycle reliably. We took it back to the gun store, (we were young and dumb at that time). The gun store owner took it out and shot a box of high brass through it. Worked like a charm. Pretty soon it would cycle the game loads well.

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