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#200986 - 08/06/19 08:19 AM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: karl]
Bob Roach
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I have done the shoot one and clean break in on a few target rifles over the years. My last several Contender/Encore barrels I clean them before heading to the range, and when I am done with sight in.

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#200987 - 08/06/19 09:20 AM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: Bob Roach]
Randy M
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I personally don't go through any formal break in process, but I do clean my barrel pretty frequently - even while on the range. I'd say no more than every 5 rounds and I'll stop and clean. My thinking is that I hunt with a clean, cold, barrel, so I target practice the same way.

The only exception is if I have extra loaded rounds that I've determined won't be used going forward. In that case, I usually fire them all to clean out the brass and be ready for my next loading session.
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#201045 - 08/08/19 01:32 PM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: Randy M]
tradmark
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When asked about it, the owner for krieger barrels said that no, ya dont need to but people expect to so there is a procedure recommended

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#202712 - 10/18/19 05:09 PM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: wvhitman]
Willicd76
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Hi
 Originally Posted By: wvhitman
I've never done the shoot one-clean one routine. With all the guns I've done 13,000+ groundhogs and 2400+ deer with, they still shoot great. Only worn out one barrel ever-2200 rounds through my 6.5/.284XP.
I pace myself when sighting in. Shoot slow to keep the barrel cool. I only oil the barrel after the first sight in session, they dry patch only rest of hunting year. Oil changes POA each time requiring another sight in. At end of year every year gun gets copper cleaned and bore curing with several of the products out there.
Worked last 44 years. Too old to change.


TWENTY FOUR HUNDRED DEER?!!!
I'll guess you have been hunting 50yrs. You average 48 deer a season? Thats a LOT of meat....

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#202713 - 10/18/19 05:51 PM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: Zee]
Ernie
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 Originally Posted By: Zee
Since every barrel is an entity unto itself, there is no way to prove that a barrel break-in procedure has any effect on resulting accuracy. Once you shoot it either way, there is no way to return it to brand new and try another way to see if there is a difference. So I. Reality, it?s all speculation. A feel good that manufactures give customers because they think they need one. A placebo.

Drink the Koolaid if you need/want.

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#202732 - 10/19/19 01:09 PM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: Ernie]
Willicd76
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I build custom match and hunting rifles using all of the major manufacturer blanks. I clean them thoroughly before the first shot is fired and clean them again when they need it. That might be 50 rounds the first time and 250 rounds the next.

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#202735 - 10/19/19 03:24 PM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: Willicd76]
Zee
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 Originally Posted By: Willicd76
I build custom match and hunting rifles using all of the major manufacturer blanks. I clean them thoroughly before the first shot is fired and clean them again when they need it. That might be 50 rounds the first time and 250 rounds the next.


What he said.

A thorough clean and lapping with diatomaceous earth before the first shooting. Then, I clean the bore when the rifle tells me to clean the bore (accuracy degradation) or I can?t remember the last time I cleaned the bore.

Granted, the action/receiver is cleaned more often. Having moving parts and all.
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#202750 - 10/20/19 08:43 AM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: Zee]
bluecow
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JMHO, For a bench rifle, okay. For a handgun, you would have to be like Ivory soap .99,44/100% better shooter than the rest of the world see see any difference. on the other hand if the Manf. suggest it, on the 3rd hand what tradmark said. Guess I'm back to I aint that good and will never know the difference.
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#202753 - 10/20/19 10:00 AM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: bluecow]
RSW
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I don't break in no stinking barrels!

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#202756 - 10/20/19 10:32 AM Re: How crucial is properly breaking in barrels? [Re: RSW]
ruger4570
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On a new barrel I usually shoot 3 then run a bore snake through it. Then I after I have it sighted in, usually 10 or less shots, I run the snake through again and shoot groups. Then only run it through at the end of each session.

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