So, after a few weeks of going back and forth on whether or not I needed a springer, I decided that whether I needed one or not, I WANTED one. So, now I have a Shadow sitting at home waiting to be broken in. However, this is my first springer, and I want to be sure that it has a long, productive, functional life. Does anyone have any input as to what I should do prior to firing the rifle, such as oiling (or not), tightening bolts, or things like that, that I should do to make this experience as enjoyable as possible?
Thanks in advance,
When you buy a new rifle the rifle comes with it's own packing grease to protect against rust, there is a lot of it in a new rifle so make sure to clean the barrel until there is no more packing grease in the rifle. Then what I would do is unscrew the stock from the actual rifle and wipe down everything until it's pretty much dry, then use some type of lubracant that protects against rust and put a light coating on all the metal, using a dry cloth at the end to remove any extra lube. As far as shooting heavies is concerned, I would recommend shooting the regular 7.9 grain pellets to break in the rifle. I shot heavies through my rifle and it destroyed the spring. If you have cleaned the rifle throughly enough the rifle shouldn't go supersonic or combust on you in the compression chamber. Basically if you hear a loud bang, almost like a .22lr, then you didn't clean the rifle throughly enough and it could and usually does shorten the life of the spring. Be careful.
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