I would start by getting a one-piece cleaning rod long enough to run through the entire length of your rifle barrel. Those three-piece rods are prone to scratch barrels when the joints flex and don't line up perfectly. I've seen good ones at Walmart for not too much. I would also suggest going to Walmart and picking up a shoe box sized plastic container for keeping all your cleaning solvents, oil, patches, and other items. You can also find small, plastic containers for keeping your cleaning rod tips, brushes, and other small stuff you will need to do the job.
As for breaking in a barrel, opinions differ. I'm a strong believer in it myself. Just search the web and you'll find plenty of info on it. It really involves nothing more than firing a a brief series of shots and cleaning after each series for a few times to remove slight imperfections that result from production processes. In a sense, it's much like breaking in a new engine to ensure the rod bearings "bed" smoothly with the crank shaft.
Keep in mind that some guys hardly ever clean their barrels, while others are quite religious about it. I fall into the later group. Just can't see paying so much for a firearm to keep stored away dirty. As they say, treat it like it's the last one you'll ever own.
Edited by Texas Dan (11/04/15 05:43 AM)