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proper break-in for barrels?

what do you guys think about this? i never really followed any of the so called break in techniques. the way i see it is i use them for hunting not for target shooting. do ya think it really matters that much anyways?

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proper break-in for barrels?

This one has been talked about with length here before. My opinion on barrel break-in is that it's encouraged and fueled by the gun manufacturers with influence from the gun-care industry because it keeps them in business. In some cases (Remington Arms), the gun maker and gun-care industry are the same company. I have never seen any benefit to this break-in procedure except that it gives you good practice at cleaning and maintaining a firearm. Regular gun cleaning after each range session is more than sufficient. Cleaning after each round fired up to a certain count is just a waste of time, cleaning products, and money.

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proper break-in for barrels?

What WesternHunter said Thumbs up

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yup just what i figured also Thumbs up

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proper break-in for barrels?

I have been told by several different custom barrel makers that break-in is a waste of time and money. If the barrel is good then break-in is not needed. If it's bad then break-in won't fix it.

My advice is to just go easy on a new barrel. Don't get it too hot too fast and you should not have any trouble with it.

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Just what you said. One of the biggest culprits to diminished accuracy as well as wearing out a barrel is HEAT. Even when target practicing, never let the barrel get too hot that you can't touch it without discomfort. In most cases that means allowing more time between shots.

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proper break-in for barrels?

I cant say I follow a breakin. I do clean a new barrel after my intial workup session. And then again after accuracy and final testing. After that, I only clean the bore when groups/accuracy start falling off.
That varies between barrels and manufactures.
Dave

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proper break-in for barrels?

i find the boresnakes work very well....comes out very clean!!

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proper break-in for barrels?

I should have added this on the earlier post, LC and WH are right, heat is a barrels worst enemy. Even in a so called fast shooting situation, (such as prairie dogs), I won't shoot more 5 rnds under 2-3 mins, and then allow 2-3 times that long for cool down.
And again, I don't feel the need to clean after every outing. The worst barrel I got is a GreenMountain chambered in a 218Bee, it's accuracy falls off at 50-60 rnds. It really needs a lap job! I also have a Ruger #1 220 that needs cleaning at 2-225 rnds. A lap job would help this one too. The rest are match grade Douglas, Shilen, and Pac-Nor's, those I can shoot 3-400 rnds in before I need to clean.
I just bring this up as I feel that cleaning the bore after every shooting session, isn't always necessary. Cleaning before long term storage is more important.

Dave

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proper break-in for barrels?

A bench rest shooter I know from around town just told me about a bullet made with some sort of micro abrasive coating for breaking in new barrels. I can't remember the name of the stuff and a goggle search came up dead but he told me that independent testing showed improved accuracy in every rifle broken in with this product.
Anybody know more???? You guys heard about this stuff??? I'll try and get more info from the shooter and share with the forum.
Rogie

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proper break-in for barrels?
rogie wrote:
A bench rest shooter I know from around town just told me about a bullet made with some sort of micro abrasive coating for breaking in new barrels. I can't remember the name of the stuff and a goggle search came up dead but he told me that independent testing showed improved accuracy in every rifle broken in with this product.
Anybody know more???? You guys heard about this stuff??? I'll try and get more info from the shooter and share with the forum.
Rogie

http://www.davidtubb.com/finalfinish.html

Never used it, but he seems to be a pretty good shot. lol

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