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Old January 4th, 2010, 04:47 PM   #1
 
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Proper barrel break in?

I don't know about any of you fellow shooters, but I've never really done the "shoot and clean" method for barrel break in. I've just sighted in, cleaned as I normal do after a hunt (brass brush, bore cleaner, swab clean). I do believe in fouling the barrel before I go hunting.
How do you guys feel about barrel break in? Do you even bother? I have a new Ruger 77 Hawkeye standard and wondered what other Ruger rifle owners have done to max out the accuracy of their rifles.

Thanks in advance!



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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:35 AM   #2
 
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Good question. I was wondering the same thing with my new M77 RSI.
On other rifles I have had, I never bothered to do a break in regimen. I just went and shot them till I was satisfied I could trust them to deliver a clean kill at 200 yards.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 05:15 AM   #3
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Here's what works for me. I have heard the pros and cons and won't argue either. Seems the big con is needless wear on the guns. In order to needlessly wear the gun, and for me to get familiar with the gun and it sighted in like I want it, this is what I do. I take all my cleaning stuff to where I sight in my rifle and do the shooting and cleaning routine at the same time I sight in and practice. After I'm done I have always been happy with the results.
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I rarely shoot a rifle (other than .22) more than 20 times a session, so thats when it gets its cleaning. No special shoot and clean schedule for me.

On the other hand, I'm a hunter, not a benchrest target shooter.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for your input guys. I have a coworker who does the "shoot,cool, clean" for 20 shots. He then says he has "seasoned" the bore. That would take quite some time to accomplish. He did this with a .223 and said it was WELL worth the effort.
Guess I'm not very patient.
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i usually just clean the manufacturing oil out of it then shoot the piss out of it to get it good and hot. Then clean it real good while its still warm. ????? Never had any problems this way.
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Clean when new

Sight it in

Clean when you get home

Shoot some more

Clean when you get home

Don't waste your time--money--and ammo on any break-in BS.
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Thanks for your input guys. I have a coworker who does the "shoot,cool, clean" for 20 shots. He then says he has "seasoned" the bore. That would take quite some time to accomplish. He did this with a .223 and said it was WELL worth the effort.
Guess I'm not very patient.

I like the way Jeff Quinn from Gunblast describes the "seasoning" of a gun barrel. He says that it is just like a cast iron pan. If you screw it up, you clean the hell out of it and start over. If somebody has the time to do the shoot cool clean thing and it makes them happy.....It's their rifle.
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:28 PM   #9
 
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I wish I were more patient. I may just have to make myself do it with my new Hawkeye...but if it doesn't make it more accurate I'm gonna be pissed cause I've never done with any other rifle before and they are all fine.
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Just go out and shoot it 3-5 rounds. Then do a real good cleaning with special attention to the throat area with a good copper cutter solvent. The purpose of a break in it to get any minor burrs or machine marks from the reamer out of the throat area and the crown. The bore should be good to go from the start, if it isn't then you need a good and/or match grade barrel. Good barrels a straight and have a polished bore from the start. Breaking in isn't going to improve the bore. If it is a lousy bore, shooting it isn't going to improve it a whole lot. A barrel on a rifle is like tires on a truck. Both are expendable and need to be changed after a so many rounds/miles.
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Considering that every rifle you own has worked out great, let me re-use a train of thought: If I am so caught up on everything that my sock drawer is organized, then I'll "shoot, cool and clean".
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I've never formally "broken in" a barrel. I just clean it out of the box and shoot.
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When you have brokin' in yer gun, do you lube up with Dino or Synthetic Oil?
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When you have brokin' in yer gun, do you lube up with Dino or Synthetic Oil?
Always synthetic Chief. Better MPG, you know that!
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I've never broke in the barrel on any of my rifles and they all shoot great. I guess it can't hurt, but all that cleaning and waiting wouldn't be much fun. Besides, that deer or elk your going to shoot without a barrel break-in isn't going to know the difference. Just clean it when it's new and after you get done shooting.
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