Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
happydaddy2, AZbowhunter, Rangerrick82, zman13tx, ftworthian
62205 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 82289
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 44214
BOBO the Clown 42366
BMD 40617
bill oxner 39286
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 34452
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 31324
facebook
Forum Stats
62205 Members
46 Forums
432772 Topics
5962169 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#6384365 - 07/27/16 10:02 AM How many rounds does it take
Bbear Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 726
Loc: West Texas
To 'break-in' a new barrel? Not concerned with HOW its done, but rather how many shots do you feel it would take? I realize every barrel is different, but, on average?

Factory vs other manufacturers - any differences there?

Seems I remember a discussion somewhere where the individually manufactured barrels took far fewer rounds to get broken in than did the factory stuff.

What's everyone's thoughts on it?


Edited by Bbear (07/27/16 10:04 AM)
_________________________
[IMG][/IMG]

Pay it forward - Kids are the future.

Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance

Top
#6384379 - 07/27/16 10:12 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
Pig_Popper Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/16/15
Posts: 1016
Loc: Fort Worth
50 rounds to build up copper equilibrium

I'd say more custom / individual barrels are lapped vs factory barrels which may play in to what you read on one breaking in sooner than the other.

Safe shootin'


Edited by Pig_Popper (07/27/16 11:10 AM)
_________________________
I smell Bacon

Top
#6384386 - 07/27/16 10:18 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Pig_Popper]
JJH Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 3525
Loc: Katy
what is carbon equilibrium?

Top
#6384424 - 07/27/16 10:38 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
Pig_Popper Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/16/15
Posts: 1016
Loc: Fort Worth
Slight copper buildup in the barrel


Edited by Pig_Popper (07/27/16 11:09 AM)
_________________________
I smell Bacon

Top
#6384435 - 07/27/16 10:44 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Pig_Popper]
JJH Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 3525
Loc: Katy
Ok. never heard that term. So the accumulation of carbon in the barrel reaches equilibrium at some point and does not increase after that?

Top
#6384438 - 07/27/16 10:49 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
specialed309 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 142
The myth continues...
This should be fun...

Top
#6384477 - 07/27/16 11:11 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
Pig_Popper Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 08/16/15
Posts: 1016
Loc: Fort Worth
No I misspoke and corrected - thanks , need more coffee
_________________________
I smell Bacon

Top
#6384498 - 07/27/16 11:32 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
JJH Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 3525
Loc: Katy
Bbear: the simple, yet unfulfilling, answer to your question is that "it varies".

I would suggest to go the the Shilen and Kreiger websites, click on FAQ and ready what they say about barrel break-in and cleaning. Very enlightening.

Top
#6384511 - 07/27/16 11:38 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
603Country Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 5485
Loc: Central Texas
Just shoot it. Don't worry about break-in of the barrel.

Top
#6384515 - 07/27/16 11:40 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
Kevin1 Online   content
Tracker

Registered: 04/06/11
Posts: 534
Loc: Allen Tx
Barrel break in will reduce your barrel life. It's a myth invented by barrel makers to sell more barrels.

Read this.
http://www.6mmbr.com/GailMcMbreakin.html

Top
#6384534 - 07/27/16 11:49 AM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: 603Country]
JJH Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 3525
Loc: Katy
Originally Posted By: 603Country
Just shoot it. Don't worry about break-in of the barrel.


I have come to agree with this...at least for hunting rifles. Can't speak to benchrest


Edited by JJH (07/27/16 11:52 AM)

Top
#6384606 - 07/27/16 01:09 PM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: JJH]
FiremanJG Online   content
THF Celebrity

Registered: 12/16/08
Posts: 21148
Loc: Wolfe City, TX
My process for any barrel, button rifled, or cut rifled.

1. Clean with solvent, followed by dry patches until they are white.
2. Shoot 20 rounds down it.
3. Perform a ladder test.
4. Group shoot the loads that were in the node within the ladder.
5. Reproduce said load for as many pieces of brass I still have available
6. Shoot it without cleaning until accuracy degrades.
7. Clean
8. Refoul the barrel
9. Shoot some more.
_________________________

800 Yard Steel Range
Precision Rifle Instruction
Memberships and Classes Available

Top
#6384702 - 07/27/16 02:21 PM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
RiverRider Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 7110
Loc: Wise Co.
I have had two brand new rifles that were mediocre performers at first, but began to shoot much better after about 150 rounds or so. I did NOT go through any kind of "break-in" procedure.
_________________________


Originally Posted By: Ronald Reagan
It's not that liberals are not smart, it's just that so much of what they know isn't so.

Top
#6384859 - 07/27/16 03:56 PM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
Bbear Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/24/13
Posts: 726
Loc: West Texas
Fireman, Thanks! That's very close to what I did. Still have another 5 rounds to go down-pipe. That'll leave me 30 more of the factory stuff (Lapua 123 Scenars) to play with.
I'll work on some 140 gr loads and see how the ladder works.

I was thinking that with a non-factory barrel, it wouldn't take all that many to get things going.
_________________________
[IMG][/IMG]

Pay it forward - Kids are the future.

Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance

Top
#6385365 - 07/27/16 10:06 PM Re: How many rounds does it take [Re: Bbear]
RickC Offline
Tracker

Registered: 08/25/10
Posts: 842
Loc: Fort Worth
I think they are all different, but I personally saw three Rem 5R rifles shoot 1.5 MOA until 150 rounds down the tube, When the groups in each went sub MOA. Not sure why, but I convinced the 3rd shooter to hang in there to 150, and sure enough, it came into its own.
_________________________
NRA Life Member

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide