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Rifle "Break-in" procedure

What is the best method for breaking-in a new rifle? Do you use the same ammo you will sight-in and hunt with?

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Check Topic in this Section new rem 700..several opinions.
with a new/used firearm I would start with my favourite ammo/load and see how it works. No special procedure.

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gunnersden.com has an interesting article on rifle bore break-in and cleaning. New and used rifles.

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I have tried different break in procedures and I can't say that any is better than the other. In fact, Years before we were told how important break in is, I'd just take my rifles and clean them good then go shooting. Understand I don't shoot competition, I just shoot. And 1" groups work better than I really need. And, I have never to my knowledge, ruined a barrel that way. Were I shooting competition, I'd have a match grade barrel, lapped at the factory. If it wasn't lapped at the factory, it would probably shoot groups a quarter inch larger.

Can anyone explain to me the benefits they've found from barrel break in other than cleaning it well before firing? Saying it's easier to clean after a proper break in don't do it. How could you possibly know if it's easier to clean after break in if you never fired it much before break in? And you can't really compare one barrel to another as we know from shooting that each barrel is a law to itself.

But all this aside, I clean a new rifle, new or used, then fire three shot's and clean till I get bored with doing it. Then I feel I have properly broken in the rifle and just shoot it!

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Well bear, As you can see there are many different opinions on this subject. If you are going to be hunting with it and not in "paper" competition then I personally would just shoot what you are going to be hunting with (as you should always do with any rifle) and have a blast (pun intended) Thumbs up Clean it well after each day at the range. On a brand new weapon Id shoot 9 rounds the first day cleaning after every 3rd. After the 9th id do a complete cleaning including a copper foulant remover. Then if you wanna repeat the 9 shots go ahead. Some do this 3 or 4 rotations. I do it 2 times then I just clean after a day at the range or whatever.

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Several years ago I started shooting a muzzle loader ( modern type ) and I found that it was very accurate for the first 2 or 3 rounds. After 3 rounds it was shooting all over the target. Now I have a .44mag that shoots the first 2 rounds way off the bullseye then shoots more accurately.

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Custom rifles have their own break in (generally according to the builder). Factory? Just shoot em. If your really geeking JB Bore paste it about 30 times and then go shoot it. Clean after each range session. I belive that more barrels are killed each year by over cleaning than by actually shooting. Best of luck to all.

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What damage can be caused by " over cleaning " ? What are the results of excessive cleaning?

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If you're using good-quality cleaning tools and chemicals, there should be no such thing as damage from overcleaning (within reason).

All my cleaning products from from:

http://deweyrods.com/
http://www.kgcoatings.com/firearms_home.html

I can recommend both companies with hearty sincerity.

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I thought I posted a reply to this but I don't see it.

Anyway, I used to follow the barrel break-in philosophy but now that I have been around many shooters who know a lot more than I do, they have convinced me that the whole break-in thing is useless. They contend that if a barrel is made properly it won't need a break-in and if the barrel was made poorly break-in won't help it. This has been confirmed by two custom barrel makers I have used. They consider break-in as a waste of time and supplies.

I do something similar to break-in on new rifles/barrels when doing load development. I clean thoroughly before the first set of loads and clean after every 10 shots since that's how many I fire for group. The trick is not to get the barrel really hot.

Also, I never use anything in a barrel that contains abrasives. That includes JB's and the like. Abrasives remove steel and that never helps unless it is a barrel that is very neglected and accuracy isn't as important as just being able to shoot it.

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