Rifle Barrel Break-In

Rifle Barrel Break-In

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    Question Rifle Barrel Break-In

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    Is their anything to breaking in a rifle barrel. I have personally never done this for any hunting rifle that I own, but a friend mentioned it to me. I have a new Ruger mini-14 ranch rifle and would like to hear what you have to say...Thanks


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    I'm a firm believer that "barrel break in" is BS. I wouldn't worry about it.

    If you still feel like doing it, it's basically cleaning it thoroughly every 10-20 shots for the first 100 or so rounds.
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    Thanks for your quick reply. I plan to run a bunch of rounds thru it tomorrow after my duck hunt

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    Your post did spark some research out of me though. I think some of the copper fouling points could be valid, but I think copper solvent would be something to do every 500 rounds or so rather than a break in.
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    I generally run a snake with some solvent thru my rifles after every shooting session. I will run a patch with oil if I plan to put it up for a while. Its a quick fix and I think a good one if done regularly. I see you are currently in Iraq...Thanks for your service...and keep your head down

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    I've never seen any real need to do anything like that myself.
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    Shoot the hooey out of it while keeping copper fouling down. I use Sweet's 7.62 per directions on the bottle. It does a good job removing fouling, especially if you keep up with cleaning after each shooting session.

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    If you want to read different thoughts on the subject the different barrel makers all have something to say.
    Most interesting to me was a write up by McMillian i think it was. Try google on "barrel breakin" its very interesting subject.

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    Post Absolutely One Of The Best Gun Products Around

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    Chrome lined bore, do as you wish. A competition shooter will swear by barrel break-in and possibly even bore lapping. Heavier barrels may need less break-in than lighter contour barrels due to heat dissipation. Breaking in a new, cold steel barrel generally consists of firing 3-5 shots then cleaning repetitively at the same cycle for a certain amount of rounds. Could this extend the life of your barrel? Will you ever fire enough shots through the barrel to make a difference in the long run? Good question. It's an individual call in my book. With a semi automatic, I probably wouldn't even think about it, but for the bolt actions there are possibilities IMO....to increase barrel life as well as extending the accuracy. As previously stated, different manufacturers and competitors will suggest different methods or cycles for breaking in a barrel. This may have to do with the way the barrel rifling is made, the grade of steel, the hardness etc............ I figure cryogenic treatment puts all that behind, but it's somewhat expensive. To the average shooter or hunter, barrel break-in could be a non-issue. I've already done some research for you. You can make up your own mind in the way you'd like to care for your rifle barrel, or forget about all the technicalities. Breaking in can be a tedious process.
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    I wouldnt worry about it too much in your rifle. Some or most of the super accurate custom jobs are a different matter alltogether.

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    For that weapon I really wouldn't worry about it honestly. I did break in my 500 police though, and it took about 6 hours. It was miserable, but for that weapon I think it was necessary.

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    After the first of the year, I plan to do the bore paste, shoot/clean with both powder and copper solvent, repeat...repeat.... on a lowly Harrington and Richardson Ultra Varmint fluted bull barrel in .223. I'm not even going to mount optics on it until I've done a 20 round break in. It can't hurt, and who knows, I may be able to make a $275 NIB investment turn into a reasonable shooter at 200 yards. Hey, it's just a bit of time, and what better place to spend the time than at the range


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    Having owned many rifles over many years, I've never done anything special other than a standard cleaning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by C9H13NO3 View Post
    I'm a firm believer that "barrel break in" is BS. I wouldn't worry about it.

    If you still feel like doing it, it's basically cleaning it thoroughly every 10-20 shots for the first 100 or so rounds.
    I used to feel the same way but now I'm not so sure. It's probably more of a superstition thing, like an athlete that won't wash his socks as long as he's on a winning streak.

    The last target barrel I broke in was a DPMS upper for an AR. 24" stainless bull barrel. I figured what the heck, I've never tried it before so I'll try it this time. Procedure went like this:
    Clean barrel after every round for the first 25 rounds.
    Clean barrel after every 5th round for the next 25 rounds.
    Clean barrel after every 10th round for the next 100 rounds.
    This rifle ended up so scary accurate, it was what I used almost exclusively on the first day of our prairie dog hunt a couple years ago. From a bench rest, it will consistently shoot sub 1/2 MOA with factory ammunition. I don't know if the break-in procedure had a darn thing to do with it or not, but now I'm scared to NOT break in my next new accuracy rifle the same way.

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