I have a question that I hope some people could clear up for me. What does breaking a pistol barrel in do? How to do it properly? And why? All my guns I own I just f strip clean and shoot about 150-200 rounds through em at range the first day. Go home and clean it then put it in safe. Just to make sure it cycles good. Am I doing something wrong? I heard some say shoot/clean, shoot 2 rounds/clean, shoot 3 rounds/clean, and etc. until you reach up to 6 or 7 rounds. Is that REALLY necessary?? And does it REALLY help with grouping?? Thanks in advance people.
Sounds like your already breaking in you pistols. That's about how you do it.
The purpose is to just get everything working smoothly, and in some cases, to keep a company's CS from having to actually earn their paycheck
Kid's right, not much of a need to break in a pistol barrel.
Some pistols will run from the start and some will have problems that iron out with use known as a break in period. I dont trust a semi until I have run several hundred rounds through it with no malfunctions. It seems some pistols have to wear in to function smoothly and reliably.
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Using FMJ at first is supposed to polish out imperfections in the feed ramp, etc. & since they are easier to feed than hollow points, gives your pistol time for the parts to "mate" before trying the more difficult JHPs. That may be why Kimber says to cycle 500 rounds before contacting them about feeding problems.
As for a true "Break-In", I have read that some 'high end' manufacturers say you should not field strip, clean or lube their pistol until you have fired 500 rounds. So, other than that, I consider the first few hundred rounds as a 'get acquainted' period.