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Old February 25th, 2021, 10:11 AM #1
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Breaking in a new semi auto 12ga

inexpensive turkish but I still want it to function properly. Do you clean and then dry or clean and heavily lube. Do you do the action a couple hundred times. What else. thank you
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Old February 25th, 2021, 10:22 AM #2
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I typically just shoot them.

But, you can clean, the lube in accordance with instructions.

Some have places that you should NOT lube.
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wipe everything down with a cloth for excess gunk. Inside and out.
Swab barrel dry patch.
Semi or Pump?
a bit of oil on clean rag/patch and then on the action/extractors.
Maybe run a swab with light oil down the barrel.
Load her up and let her rip.
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For my Tristar Raptor, I pulled the gas system (piston, rings, bolt carrier, etc) from the forend and the bolt as well. Gave everything a good wipe down with cleaning solvent on a soft rag, then lightly oiled per instructions and slapped it all back together It's run beautifully with only minimal cleaning ever since.

The reason it's a good idea to clean it is to get any remaining cutting/tooling oil off of everything as it is much more viscous and sticky (to help it cling to the tooling as things are being cut) and can slow down and gum up the action if you don't get it off of there. There wasn't any residue on my Tristar, but there was a bunch on my AR's BCG which was from a reputable US manufacturer, you just never know.
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These aren't 1940's cars with break in periods. Shoot it but if you must oil or grease as required.
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I ALWAYS disassemble, clean, and re-lube new guns before shooting. I've found some crazy stuff in a few that could have caused massive damage had I just taken it out and fired it.
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Used to go to walmart and by the cheap loads in the 100 box and run the entire thing. I did it but didn't notice the difference.

I got the russian Baikal and it shoot fine until I let it get dry. Silicone spray on the bolt and the piston slide. If not it sticks and will not cycle. It shoots better dirty than dry and it seems to dry just from being shot.
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I disassembled my VR80, made sure all assembly lube was cleaned off, then lubed lightly as in directions and proceeded to break in with 20-30 rounds of 00 Buckshot....I kept checking after every 5 rounds to see if it would cycle standard #7.5 shot for 3-Gun. After 25 rounds, it would reliably cycle the #7.5

Then just standard cleaning to make sure barrel was not clogged, and cleaning the gas piston areas after every other match to ensure reliablility
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What is this 'gas port' thing I hear about? Where is it located?
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What is this 'gas port' thing I hear about? Where is it located?
That big 'ol round hole at the end of the barrel is your gas port.
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