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Old 09-15-2019, 07:18 PM   #1
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Did I screw up or just a good learning experience?

Evening all! So I picked up a free floated Springfield Saint yesterday and took it out to start my break-in process. Set up a target at 50 yards and let one fly!



Well pleased with the flip-up sights for sure and I proceeded to seperate the upper, and pulled the bolt and charging handle. A wee squirt of Hoppe's No.9 and pull a bore snake thru. My dumb ass says " Self, that went thru pretty easy maybe you should add a patch!" so I did and so it got stuck... Tight! Brought it home in two pieces and took my angled needle nose pliers to it treating everything like a newborn kitten. I fished out the patch with no drama (aside from possibly touching the splined area that the bolt face locks into VERY lightly) and pulled the snake thru. So I ask the gurus... Have I blundered to the point of needing a gunsmith to give it a once over or are ARs tougher than I am giving them credit for and I should count this as a life lesson and a near miss? Thanks for the advice in advance and let the chiding begin!

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Old 09-15-2019, 07:28 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2019, 07:51 PM   #3
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If you scratched the barrel throat, there may be consequences for accuracy. Since it's so early in the barrel life, and you've got no baseline data, you'll never really know. If it's good enough, it's good enough.
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If you scratched the barrel throat, there may be consequences for accuracy. Since it's so early in the barrel life, and you've got no baseline data, you'll never really know. If it's good enough, it's good enough.
I know not the names but the area I referenced being touched was where these lug (spline?) cuts are.

I never got the patch to the what I assume is the actual chamber?

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You’re fine, the circumferential cuts match up to the locking lugs on the bolt. The two cuts at the bottom are the feed ramps. None of these are the chamber.
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You’re fine, the circumferential cuts match up to the locking lugs on the bolt. The two cuts at the bottom are the feed ramps. None of these are the chamber.
Thank you my friend! I'm sure I sound like a blabbering idiot but better to ask I suppose! Thank you again!
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Originally Posted by nikonnut View Post
I know not the names but the area I referenced being touched was where these lug (spline?) cuts are.

I never got the patch to the what I assume is the actual chamber?
breech ...........
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:38 PM   #8
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Thanks. Man! Yes, that thing!
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:44 PM   #10
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