The Proper Way......

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by BlackIce, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. BlackIce

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    What is the proper way to break-in a Brand-new rifle?

    I have heard... take a shot clean the barrel with a dry patch.... and repeat 5 times.... and is takes about 40 rds to break-in your barrel?

    Are these statements true?
     
  2. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    theres a bunch of diff ways and opinions to do it one is clean the barrel after each shot for 5 shots then clean the barrel after every 5 shot group and shoot about 5 of those and finally clean the barrel after 10 shot groups twice there are a bunch of diff. variations on this i dont let it worry me i just go out and shoot

    Aaron

    BTW black ice what scope did u end up w/ for ur .300 wby?
     

  3. BlackIce

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    I got the Nikon Monarch UCC 3.3-10 x44AO.

    I couldn't tell athe difference between the two so I picked the less expensive one...... I couldn't justify spending the extra money!!
     
  4. mountainview

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    BIce, lot of opining has been done on the subject and the verdict is a clear definite maybe on the subject of break-in. Personally I have many other things I'd rather do than continuously swab down a barrel when I am at the range.

    If you are a serious precision target shooter, it may possibly be worth it but if you are just a shooting hobbyist, I am skeptical it has a big impact or is worth the time for most. Of the firearms I have owned, I clean the barrel when I buy it and then clean the barrel when I am done shooting and the groups don't seem to change over the years.
     
  5. Drop-Shot

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    Mountainview I do some thing different.I lapp the bore of any gun I get.I admit there alot of folks that can out shoot me on my best day.I lapp the bore for cleaning,and accuracy.The accuracy only showed up nicely on 2 different guns,but the reason I bore lapp is for cleaning purposes.So that is the only break in I do.after a proper bore lapping I run a cotton ball through the bore and with a bore light I can see if a rough spot is present and I repeat the process.Alot of people say thats too much work and they shoot better than me,but when we clean our guns thats where I shine.I can clean a hand lapped barrel in half the time than others.I enjoy it for awhile but after awhile it turns to work.All high end rifles like weatherby and sako hand lapp every barrel that goes out of the shop.Some folks would prefer to pay some one else to do the process but I know if I do it then it's right.But thats just me,my 2 cents.Drop-Shot
     
  6. ibex

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    mountainview,
    i do it the same as you with real similar results. i helped a friend break in a new shooter one time and we did the whole 1 shot, swab, copper cleaning solvent scenario. made for a long afternoon to get 5 shots downrange. anyone that actually does spend the time and energy to utilize these other approachs is just as correct for sure as anyone, but I can't hold one still enough anymore to need to worry about it.
    mike