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#5666953 - 03/24/15 11:45 AM Barrel Break-in
Big A Offline
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What are you thoughts.

I got my hand on a new savage 12LRP in 6.5 creedmoor


All my other guns I have just shot and clean with no real break-in.

What are your methods?
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#5667014 - 03/24/15 12:20 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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Shoot it a bunch, occasionally run a boresnake through, shoot it some more.

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#5667016 - 03/24/15 12:23 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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Clean it spotless, put twenty foulers down it, then test your handloads or factory ammo.

Break-in is hogwash in my opinion. Copper fouling is beneficial, especially on a brand new barrel, that has machining imperfections that the copper will fill in.
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#5667030 - 03/24/15 12:36 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Break-in is hogwash in my opinion.


Amen.
I've never understood the "shoot one round, clean, shoot two rounds, clean, shoot three rounds, etc." school of thought. Maybe it was secretly floated by ammo/component manufacturers and it caught on....
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#5667064 - 03/24/15 01:04 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Break-in is hogwash in my opinion.

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#5667123 - 03/24/15 01:45 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
put twenty foulers down it, then test your hand loads or factory ammo.

Break-in is hogwash in my opinion.


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#5667170 - 03/24/15 02:18 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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A regimented break in procedure that requires anywhere from 5-15 cleaning with solvent within the first 100 rounds is probably a load of bs. That said, i was at the range next to a dude with a very pricey looking custom bolt (had no idea Colt produces such an item). This was literally his first outing with the rifle. Had inconsistent groups. I let me borrow my bore snake and they instantly got better.

In conclusion, the truth seems to be somewhere in the middle. Should do some very moderate cleaning within the first 20-50 rounds. i would imagine even a dry brush with a good rod or a bore snake will do the job.

but who really knows such things.

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#5667176 - 03/24/15 02:22 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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Why do some barrel makers require a break-in? I know GAP Rifles barrel break-in procedure Is a pretty pain staking process.

I've always just cleaned mine when new before the first shot then cleaned them after each of the first few range sessions.


Edited by huck18 (03/24/15 02:44 PM)

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#5667208 - 03/24/15 02:32 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: huck18]
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Originally Posted By: huck18
Why do barrel some barrel makers require a break-in? I know GAP Rifles barrel break-in procedure Is a pretty pain staking process.


I've heard this question beofer and my theory is that rifle manufacturers are preemptively making that statement. That way when some idiot comes a calling, "why is my sniper rifle not sniping?" the manufacturer can at least say, "did you break in your rifle as per instructions?" When in fact they probably really wanna say, "because you're probably a crappy shooter." and just don't want to say it out loud.

but that is only a theory from a skeptical/cynical person.


Edited by Korean Redneck (03/24/15 02:32 PM)

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#5667314 - 03/24/15 03:29 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Korean Redneck]
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Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
"why is my sniper rifle not sniping?"


lol35


I'd like for someone to hand me two identical brand new rifles. Follow a "break-in" procedure on one, and not on the other. Shoot both for 200 rounds, total, and see if there is any marked difference in the two. Then maybe we could put this to rest.
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#5667334 - 03/24/15 03:40 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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for those of you who know "nobody/Larry" he is a huge AZZ wagon but the guys has literally 1000's of skins on the wall and his barrel break in procedure is stellar........

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRRahHX9Zkg


Edited by SingleShot85 (03/24/15 03:55 PM)
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#5667336 - 03/24/15 03:41 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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I have never done anything special to break in a center fire rifle barrel other than fire multiple rounds through it. But I do not consider myself a "shooter" but more of a "hunter" who shoots a reasonable amount so I can be an effective hunter.

Staying with the intent of this thread..... what is the consensus on "lapping a muzzleloader barrel?" If I am hijacking this post tell me and I'll withdraw the question.

I have a friend who is an outdoor write & outfitter and who is probably the most knowledgeable person I know on muzzleloading and he swears by lapping the barrels on a new muzzleloader. Mine was shooting so well before he lectured me on this subject that I never did anything..but I had shot 100's of rounds through my muzzleloader.

Just curious.

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#5667351 - 03/24/15 03:49 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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I have never even cleaned the bore before the first range session before on any of my rifles. I feel like I have 2 exceptional factory rifles as far as accuracy is concerned. I used to clean them once a year now I clean them when the groups start to open.
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#5667390 - 03/24/15 04:11 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Originally Posted By: Korean Redneck
"why is my sniper rifle not sniping?"


lol35


I'd like for someone to hand me two identical brand new rifles. Follow a "break-in" procedure on one, and not on the other. Shoot both for 200 rounds, total, and see if there is any marked difference in the two. Then maybe we could put this to rest.


FWIW Frank aka lowlight did that with two rifles and reported that without serial number data one can't tell which is which.
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#5667483 - 03/24/15 05:12 PM Re: Barrel Break-in [Re: Big A]
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Myth.

One barrel shoots .2 moa and another gets. .4 moa. Don't neglect to give it a good initial cleaning though.

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