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#7046890 - 01/21/18 08:42 AM Barrel break in?
_Lee Offline
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What’s your take on breaking in the barrel? I’ve never done it before but going to shoot a new gun tomorrow and wondering how necessary it is. Also if you have a break in method you prefer please share.

#7046903 - 01/21/18 08:50 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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Make sure the barrel is good and clean before starting. Then go shoot it, no break in needed

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#7046911 - 01/21/18 08:54 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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#7046915 - 01/21/18 08:55 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I had never even heard of barrel "break in" until the age of online shooting forums and I have been shooting for over 50 years. There are those that are very meticulous about it, some manufacturers insist on it. I have never done a special break in on a rifle barrel, or a pistol either for that matter. When I shoot a new barrel, I clean and lightly oil it and just shoot it. I don't let the barrel get real hot. I will open the action after a few rds and let it cool down some. I think if you believe it will make the barrel more accurate, by all means do it. Me, never did and my rifles are plenty accurate. To each his own.
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#7046961 - 01/21/18 09:24 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I'm in the camp of clean it and shoot it. No special break in. I sometimes wonder if these "break in" procedures are built in excuses for custom rifle makers.

#7046993 - 01/21/18 09:44 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I do what the barrel maker suggests. Who would know the barrel better?
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#7047000 - 01/21/18 09:52 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I was told the barrel break in was a scam to cause barrels to shoot out faster. Prob never know the difference from us average shooters. I was told it started with benchrest rifles and they re-barrel if groups open up 1/16th. This break in period would cause them to do so faster meaning more barrels sold.

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#7047004 - 01/21/18 09:55 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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Below is the process recommended from Bartlein. LINK

Break in and Cleaning
The age old question, “Breaking in the New Barrel”. Opinions very a lot here, and this is a very subjective topic. For the most part, the only thing you are breaking in, is the throat area of the barrel. The nicer the finish that the Finish Reamer or Throating Reamer leaves, the faster the throat will break in.

Shoot one round and clean for the first two rounds individually. Look to see what the barrel is telling you. If I’m getting little to no copper out of it, I sit down and shoot the gun. Say 4 – 5 round groups and then clean. If the barrel cleans easily and shoots well, we consider it done.

If the barrel shows some copper or is taking a little longer to clean after the first two, shoot a group of 3 rounds and clean. Then a group of 5 and clean.

After you shoot the 3rd group and 5th group, watch how long it takes to clean. Also notice your group sizes. If the group sizes are good and the cleaning is getting easier or is staying the same, then shoot 4 – 5 round groups.

If fouling appears to be heavy and taking a while to clean, notice your group sizes. If group sizes are good and not going sour, you don’t have a fouling problem. Some barrels will clean easier than others. Some barrels may take a little longer to break in. Remember the throat. Fouling can start all the way from here. We have noticed sometimes that even up to approximately 100 rounds, a barrel can show signs of a lot of copper, but it still shoots really well and then for no apparent reason, you will notice little to no copper and it will clean really easy.

This is meant as guide lines only. There is no hard and fast rule for breaking in a barrel.
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#7047015 - 01/21/18 10:11 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I agree with what Judd stated. My Howa 1500 came with instructions stating what their "break in" process was. Pretty straightforward and completed in 1 box of ammo. If not a scam to cause barrels to go bad faster, at least a scam to sell an extra box of ammo to everybody!😉

#7047034 - 01/21/18 10:25 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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Clean barrel when new, shoot until accuracy falls off or excessive weather exposure, clean, repeat. I've never bought into barrel break-in on hand lapped barrels. I do think allot of barrels settle down after shooting a bit. Maybe it makes a difference but I've never had problems not following the procedure

#7047037 - 01/21/18 10:28 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: Judd]
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Originally Posted By: Judd
I do what the barrel maker suggests. Who would know the barrel better?

They're also in the business of selling barrels.

Any new barrel, clean it with solvent, followed by dry patches. Put 20 foulers down it, then go about load development, or call it good on factory ammo.

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#7047045 - 01/21/18 10:40 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I've never broke in a barrel with cleaning. Not saying it's right or wrong but I clean a new barrel and never touch it again unless accuracy issues pop up.

#7047057 - 01/21/18 10:53 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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I believe if you look at the Shilen site they came up with a break in process just because customers whated one not that they even needed one .
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#7047079 - 01/21/18 11:08 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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Step 1. Clean barrel
Step 2. Shoot it.

All the "break in" procedures out there are bogus.

#7047095 - 01/21/18 11:15 AM Re: Barrel break in? [Re: _Lee]
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