Originally Posted by tri70
Good advise! Some will like 45 gr Winchester and some will like the heavy stuff like 60-69 gr bullets. Use the cheap 55 gr for break in and fun plinking. That's great that your wife bought the gun for you! Does she have a sister???
That was my thought exactly, "Does she have a sister?" A wife that buys you nice stuff for your birthday, imagine that.
I believe in breaking in the barrel, and I have a long drawn out process for it. But I don't think it's critical. All barrels get copper fouling. Guns in general shoot more accurately with just a little fouling (almost none). Proper cleaning will remove fouling and shooting combined with proper cleaning will eventually smooth out the bore which leads to less fouling. Breaking in a barrel, all though long and tedious, just speeds up the process of smoothing out the bore. Everyone has their own opinion on how to break in a barrel or whether or not it's even necessary. It's just something you have to read up on and form your own opinion about.
Like Hawkguy said, check out the thread on barrel conditioning.
And congrats on the new MINI!!!!