Originally Posted by ChicagoJoe
I don't know what to believe. My factory manual and guys at the local range claim that you have to break in the barrel to get the best accuracy. Guys on this forum and some shooting journalists (Dave Petzel) say the break in requirement is nonsense.
I really wonder, at the end of the day, what difference it makes? Many rifles today are sub MOA "out of the box". I know plenty of shooters who agree, the "breaking in" thing is a bunch of hogwash - never ever did it and are satisfied with the results they attained. I won't bet the farm that it doesn't make a difference, but I strongly suspect that it does not.
You want great accuracy? Get a decent scope, know how to work it, and practice practice practice - give your barrel a good cleaning after every range trip. OR - swab your rifle 500 times if it makes you feel better. You'll be too tired to shoot afterwards, but hey lol