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Old 01-18-2011, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default New barrel "break in", ideas?

Colt AR-15 Target Match, Mod. 6600, 1 n 7 twist, 20": shoot a bullet, run a bore snake, repeat 10, 20, 30x's, how many? Then shoot what, 2 or 3 then bore snake, repeat how much? I have time and patience, but, I don't like to waste time either, do any of 'yall really have a good knowledge on proper bore "breakn' n"? I thought about trying 'sanding bullets'. I dunno, seems if they messed it up, I'd get mad 'bout it. In past, my hunting rifles, I didn't shoot a hundred or so bullets getting it broke in, and they all shoot straight as a taunt string, with a slight upper word curve back to zero,. Thanks folks for thoughts.



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Old 01-18-2011, 01:04 AM   #2
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There's a lot of voodoo about breaking in a target barrel and no one knows for sure if it matters one iota. I once read through the shoot 1, clean, shoot 1 again, clean ... repeat twenty times technique and seriously doubt I'd ever bother with it.

Everybody seems to have their own favorite break in procedure and personally I'd just go shooting like I would with any 1-2 MOA barrel. Do an initial cleaning then shoot.

Hopefully someone who's really up on this can shed some light because I honestly don't know.



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personally dont see how it could possibly making any difference between just giving it a good cleaning then shooting and doing some ritual with cleaning rods full moons lucky charms and round counts.

my remington 700 xcr i ran like 200 rounds of crappy machine gun 147 grn surplus out of it right out of the box after a barrel swabbing to remove dust and old packing oil. it shoots somewhere between .5 and.35 inch groups at 100 yards with 168grn bthp. the better i do my part the better the gun shoots.

break in rituals in my opinion is just BS.

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I've heard this recently as well, especially when I was looking into AR-10's, but the article seemed to suggest that it was more important with .30 caliber barrels, as opposed to .223. . .?

If it does make a difference, then what does that say about the barrel? I've never done this to ANY of my guns. . . but I will ask the barrel company if they recommend a break in procedure when I send my upper off next week.

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This Colt isn't any where near my first firearm, been shooting 45years plus. And I'm not saying I'll do any "rituals", lucky charms, etc, to break in, I don't get those, must be attempt at humor. Anyhow, I just presented what I thought to be a reasonable question, one I don't have any answer for, to seek information. Thanks to all who reply, .

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This Colt isn't any where near my first firearm, been shooting 45years plus. And I'm not saying I'll do any "rituals", lucky charms, etc, to break in, I don't get those, must be attempt at humor. Anyhow, I just presented what I thought to be a reasonable question, one I don't have any answer for, to seek information. Thanks to all who reply, .
Some of us are being silly because there is no real reason for such procedures other than superstition
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Some of us are being silly because there is no real reason for such procedures other than superstition
While I do see it as a silly procedure, it is far more than superstition. Here's a link to one Company that offers some of the highest quality barrels on the market. They definitely don't believe it to be superstitious and offer an explanation of why. . .

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While I do see it as a silly procedure, it is far more than superstition. Here's a link to one Company that offers some of the highest quality barrels on the market. They definitely don't believe it to be superstitious and offer an explanation of why. . .

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While I know Krieger is one of the most recognized leaders in barrel manufacturing, I just don't believe in having some crazy procedure for "breaking in" barrels. I just shoot em, and clean them like normal for a hundred rounds or so, and then start working on my load work up.

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I used a box of Tubbs fire lapping cartriges in my Rem SPS 700 .308. All it did was smooth out the bore and it shot much better afterwards. Just sayin.



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