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I posted it the magazine forum as well stating that my new 10 round promags fit fine in the rifle. Now a question for the experts, any tips for the newest newbie here? Its the stainless/wood 14, that will someday change for a bull barrel and any other trick stuff, but for now I want to break it in right!:p
 

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BHB--There are many different ways to brake in a new barrel. Shoot once & clean for ten then shoot three times & clean for thirty. It all depends on who you ask. Let's face it, that barrel on your new Mini didn't cost Ruger more than $10 if that. As far as I'm concerned the best thing you can do for that barrel is firelap it using this kit found at this website http://www.zediker.com/tubb/finalfinish.html
Follow the directions & you'll have no problems.

Just my 2¢
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I have used mini ways to break in a barrle on about every gun made, with a clean gun fire ten rounds then clean and repete for the first one hundred rounds. And that is as good as any other way....Oh Welcome to the mini-14 it is a great gun...
 

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Hey bob you are no longer the newest newbie. I cleaned my new SS as bushwack described to break in the barrel, used copper cleaner to get it really clean. After shooting a couple hundred rounds thru it, I firelaped the bore. It improved the avg. grouping by 1/4". You can try to slug your barrel to feel the tight spots by using a soft lead (not jacketed) .22 cal bullet, and a flat jag on a cleaning rod.
 

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I used the military sniper field manual FM 23-10 which you can download on several websites - try 155.217.58.58/cgi-bin/atdl.dll/fm/23-10/toc.htm. It has a pretty detailed break-in procedure. It's not rocket science (or sort of it is I guess), but it's a good idead, even on a mini. I'm satisfied. Have fun with it dude.
 
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