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Well I finally bit the bullet and purchased my first rifle today. After changing my mind about 5 times I ended up with a Browning A-bolt stainless in the .300 WSM caliber. I had my heart set on a Tikka T3 Stainless but after going to Dick's, Gander and 2 other local gun shops none of them carried what I was looking for and the 2 local shops gave me the run around about ordering one in, especially from Finland where the Tikkas are made. Luckliy I have a well respected/experienced hunter friend that was pushing me to get the Browning so I knew I was purchasing a decent rifle. It was a little more than I was planning on spending so it left me a little short on the scope but I had Dicks install a Nikon ProStaff 3x - 9x scope. This rifle is on the other end of the spectrum compared to the $315 Mossberg ATR 100 that I was going to originally get from Walmart, but I'm glad I spent a few extra $ for a better rifle. Hopefully I can get to the range tomorrow and dial this baby in!!! Thanks for everybodies input on a rookie's quest for his first rifle.
 

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BukSeker,
Breaking-in a rifle barrel is critical for accuracy and usually overlooked or not done correctly. Here is a good link on how and why to do it right: Rifles / Rifle Bore - Break In, Cleaning For Accuracy If you take your time, and do this right, you won't be disappointed. After all, you are protecting your investment.
You guys with older rifles can still do this to improve accuracy. I couple of year ago, I had a rifle that always shot sub MOA groups until one day it started hitting all over the place. I discovered my cleaning process wasn't getting everything out, so I started from scratch. Now I'm back on target. See the current thread on solvents and cleaning in The Lodge for more cleaning ideas.
That's a great rifle that you bought. Good luck with it!
Excellent link, I have been searching on "how to's" all day on break in. I do have one question though, in the owners manual it says to remove the ant-rust chemical before the first firing but it did not say with what. Do I just use a regular bore cleaning solvent or is there something else I shoud use?
 

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I did make sure thay bore sighted it at the store, or atleast I watched what appeared to be bore sighting. Before any shots are taken at my local range the range officer will bore sight the rifle just to make sure you can get it on the paper @ 50 yrds and after that its a matter of minor scope adjustments. I am going back to Dicks on Wednesday to pick up a cleaning kit and then next Sunday I will start the break in process at the range. One bad thing about living in Michigan is you can't legally shoot a rifle in the lower part of the lower penninsula so it's tough to get some decent shooting time in and it's a 2 hour drive north to where I hunt and is legal to use a rifle. Does anybody practice with a air rifle or anything like that just to stay sharp? Something I've been contemplating since I can only shoot my rifle on Sundays.
 

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as far as the scope goes i just ordered a leapold off of e-bay for hundereds off the retail. you could save alot of money going that way!!
My plan is to get a better one before next fall. I only wanted to pay cash when I was at the store buying the rifle so it would be done with and I had just enough left over from the rifle to pick up the Nikon. I saw some Leo's on GunBroker.com than I have my eye on for some good prices. My buddy just brought his Leo VX-III in to work, I think it had a 50 mm objective, might as well put a spotting scope on your rifle, it was sweet none the less. I did just pick up a $180 TZ aluminum rifle case of fleabay for $67, I was pretty happy!
 
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