Originally Posted by TRAPPER1
Hi this is trapper1 I just purchased a Sako 223 cal. with a stainless barrel how do i break this Rifle in ? I was told to clean the Rifle every time i shot it up to 10 rounds. any body have some Info? on this .
If BNIB, there is this method off of a mfg website...
I followed it once - a long process as you will see. Works? Dunno, I just plink...
"A note of warning: Breaking in a barrel does not make a barrel inherently more accurate. What it will do is make it more consistent throughout it's life, allow it to consistently meet the barrels highest level of inherent accuracy, and give it's longest life. For these reasons we do recommend a good quality break in procedure.
We will not attempt to go into great detail with regards to why this is important. Nor will we describe what it does to the barrel as far as breaking it in or any more of the more scientific reasons and effects of this procedure. Many volumes of books have been written with regards to break-in and we will not attempt to rewrite any of it.
Fire, Clean, Treat, Lubricate and Fire Method
1.Clean the barrel well.
◦Make sure the patches come out clean and white.
◦Use the cleaner of your choice (do not use ammonia-based cleaners). Use of a lead or copper solvent is okay, but use only when necessary.
◦Make sure you have the barrel cleaned and any solvents removed or neutralized in the bore.
◦Apply the lubricant-bore treatment (we recommend Weapon Shield).
◦Dry the bore with a clean dry patch.
◦Use the quality ammunition of your choice and fire ONE round.
2.Repeat Step 1 for the next 24 rounds.
3.At round 25, repeat Step 1. Change from firing ONE round to THREE.
4.Repeat Step 3 until you have fired 50 rounds total.
5.At round 51, repeat Step 1. Change from firing THREE rounds to FIVE.
6.Repeat Step 5 until you have fired 100 rounds total.
7.After firing 100 rounds total clean and treat the bore as in Step 1, then fire for a group. Your barrel is now broken in.
You may choose to use another method if you wish. Again, if you do choose a different method, or choose to accelerate the process this does not void your warranty. We do not recommend lapping of the barrel."
YMMV and other methods are out there.