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"Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

I am relatively new to firearms. Been using a Remington 870 for geese which was pretty straighforward.

I just purchased a Stoeger M3500. Reading the FAQ on their website says that it needs to be broken in before shooting target loads. From the FAQ on the Stoeger website:
<span style="font-weight: bold">Does my Stoeger shotgun need to be broken in?</span>
Only these models require a breaking-in period: M3500, M3000, M2000.

Here’s how to break in these shotguns:

Immediately after purchase, clean the gun and oil it thoroughly.
Fire 100 to 200 rounds of a heavy load through the gun.
This will prepare the shotgun for cycling light trap or hunting loads.

After break-in, the minimum load your Stoeger Industries semi-auto shotgun will cycle reliably is an 11/8 ounce and 3 drams of powder.

I disassembled and did minor cleaning. It was dripping oil in some spots so well lubed. Question is, what qualifies as a "heavy load"? And if you have experience with the M3500 did you really shoot 100-200 heavy loads to break it in.

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

I assume it's fairly close in design to my benelli. The most important thing to get clean is the recoil tube and spring. When that gets dirty, it slows the guns cycling down considerably. Mine was coated in thick grease when I first got it. I completely tore mine apart when I got it, and cleaned it. After that, I hunted ducks and geese with it for the whole season, which was probably close to 100 or so rounds of 3 and 3.5 inch loads. It'll cycle anything I throw in it now, including 7/8oz trap loads. I've never had it jam.

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

It is a long recoil, inertial driven gun, similar to the older Benelli SBE's. Like Borden stated, clean it-THOROUGHLY and relube LIGHTLY and it should run for you without issue.

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

I forgot to add that mighty joe. Go easy on the oil when you relube it. Too much is not a good thing. A light coating will do the trick.

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

Thanks for taking the time to reply! I did clean a whole lot of grease off the recoil tube and spring and applied a little oil. It sounds really smooth now. Can't wait to shoot it this weekend!

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Any time. Good luck with your new shotgun!

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

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I hunted ducks and geese with it for the whole season, which was probably close to 100 or so rounds of 3 and 3.5 inch loads.
Which choke did you use?

Any recommendations on one ammo over another specific to the 3500? Before I got it our group stocked up on 3" Black Cloud BB and Spectra #2 for geese. I also have a couple boxes of 3" Fiocchi I was thinking about running through it for break-in.

Is there anything to absolutely avoid with this gun?

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My SBE II shoots almost everything I run through it well...almost. I could not get it to shoot kents to save my life with any choke I tried. I get the best patterns with Win drylok 3.5" 2's and 3" Xpert ANYTHING lol. 3" hevi metal 2's and BB 3" Federal Prem 2's and 3.5" speed shok 2's, 1's and BB all shoot well for me too. My go to loads-just for price are the Xperts. They pattern EXTREMELY WELL through my Carlson's Super Steel chokes and give decent patterns through the factory Mod and IC chokes. I really like the Carlson's chokes! Like they were made for Benelli/Beretta shotguns and they won't empty your wallet in the process. Ultimately, you're going to have to put steel on the pattern board with a few dif loads and chokes till you find a load or loads that your particular gun/choke combo likes. Once you find that/those combos, I'd buy up as much as you can afford and keep them in a nice cool, dry spot. I have AT LEAST 5-6 cases of just steel goose ammo on hand at any one time-don't want to need it and not be able to get it you know?

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

just remember that when you lube that in the cold of waterfowl your oil can get thicker and cause some sticking. Buddy of mine had a Benelli that wouldn't cycle even the 3.5s found that he had used to much oil and it got tacky. Not sure what oil it was and it was really cold that day, but just a fair warning. Semi's are really nice but I have never had an issue with my Mossy 500 pump. Having said that one day I probably will own a top shelf semi. The felt recoil is considerably less on a semi than a pump and I have
"short shucked"(spelling) when it was cold and I was wearing gloves, wouldn't have the problem with a semi.

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Re: "Breaking In" a Stoeger M3500

I did the same as joe. I have a post on here somewhere in the waterfowl forum from a couple years back, I think I actually posted the patterns. I used the carlsons choke as well. I tried 6 or 7 loads. Black cloud and kent were horrible in my gun. I got the best patterns, and they were honest to God nice, even, dense patterns, from 3.5 inch BB Remington sportsman steel. The cheapest steel known to man kind, lol. For ducks I shoot 3 or 3.5 inch #2, or hevishot 3" #6. I don't need the 3.5 inch shells for most of the spots I hunt, but they pattern well and I have them, so I shoot them.

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