How do I break-in my SA-08, or SA-459 shotgun?

All semi-auto firearms need a break in period for optimum performance and the SA-08 and SA-459 are no different. We have found that a minimum of 100 rounds should be fired using ammunition that reliably cycles the action before the shotgun can be considered to be “broken in”. During the manufacturing process, the action is mechanically cycled 750 times on an automated machine built especially for this purpose. However, actual firing of the shotgun is still needed in order to seat and mate the internal parts of the shotgun.

Recommended Loads for Break In

SA-08:

  • 12 gauge: 1 1/8 oz., 1,300 fps or greater
  • 20 gauge: 7/8 oz., 1,300 fps or greater
  • 28 gauge: 3/4 oz., 1,300 fps or greater

SA-459:

  • 12 gauge: 1 1/8 oz., 1,330 fps or greater
  • 20 gauge: 7/8 oz., 1,300 fps or greater