Whats your barrel break in process?

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by icallshotgun88, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    What's YOUR barrel break in process?
    I have my way of doing it, and I've heard of various methods from others and online.
    Or do you believe in breaking in at all?

    I'm going to break in my new AR barrel and interested in others' methods.
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Probably not the official Ultra fussy old school rifle shooter way:
    1. I bought some ammo.
    2. Shot said ammo.
    3. Took it home and cleaned it.
    4. Repeated several times since.

    Mine's an off the rack Rock River AR without a mega exclusive custom match barrel. If I spent big dollars on a barrel, I might worry more.
     

  3. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    I dont have a break in procedure either :)

    usully clean the barrel beofre shooting first.
     
  4. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Same as overkill stated, I wouldn't worry about break in unless it's a match grade barrel.

    On my Remington700 308 I did the following break in although I don't know if it made any diffenrence as it still seems to be a bitch to get it completely clean of copper.

    I was sighting it in and getting the feel for shooting it at the same time so for me it wasn't a waste of time/ammo.

    1 shot then clean x10
    3 shots then clean x5
    5 shots then clean x3
    Now I shoot 20-60 rounds and bring it home to clean, rinse and repeat :)
     
  5. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    +1 I always clean a new firearm before shooting it the fist time.
     
  6. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    Nothing special here either. Shoot 'em like you are going to shoot 'em.
    Heck I might even clean it every once in a while.

    (I shot two rifles yesterday, no cleaning, put 'em up 'till the next time)

    NOW.. If I had spent a lot of money for a bench rest or competition barrel, I might be asking the same question.
    If you were to ask me how to break in a cast iron frying pan, I would tell you how important it is to follow a break-in (or seasoning) process.

    So.. I understand that it could be important, but just not for my shooters.
     
  7. Jagermeister

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    Clean the factory gook and oil before shooting for the first time. Shoot one round, clean the barrel real good x10. Same with a new bolt action. Then I shoot whatever rounds and perfect the sights/optics. Go home and clean and oil the rifle.
     
  8. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    What kind of barrel, what kind of lining (if any), what kind of shooting are you doing?
     
  9. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    If we are referring to the AR Rifle! If it is a good quality rifle which means it has a high quality barrel. In my opinion from years of experience with the AR Rifles, they need no breakin. I clean them when I get them and are ready to fire them for the first time and clean them when I am done. I base this on the fact that I have also had two Rock River Arms 20" A-4 Varmint rifles over the years and presently still own one. Both were capable of shooting 1/4 MOA groups at 100 yards with no breakin periods required when I was having a good day and with good ammunition. Bottom line, no breakin period would have improved that accuracy. Even the 16 in. ARs I have owned reguraly shoot sub MOA groups at 100.

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  10. icallshotgun88

    icallshotgun88 New Member

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    I do find it somewhat pointless but I do it anyway...


    Shoot once...clean
    Shoot ten times...clean
    Shoot twenty times...clean
    Done
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Its voodoo.

    Mystical cleaning rituals do about the same good as having a jungle shaman wave a rattle at it.

    The only thing you need to do is clean the oil and shipping grease out of the barrel then go shoot
     
  12. Overkill0084

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    Dude, you're like, so wrong man!
    That Jungle Shaman thing totally works! You however, must first place the barrel under a pyramid with a set of crystals arranged in the sacred Aztec accuracy pattern during a waning gibbous moon to get the full effect.
    ;):D
     
  13. Jagermeister

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    I sacrifice a chicken. Pour the blood in a mixture of gun oil and apply. Just like everybody else..right?
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Lololololol
     
  15. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    Yup. Most of my words are unintelligible but the chicken squawk is unmistakable. (and here I thought I was the only one that did this and was afraid to post it).
     
  16. purehavoc

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    I talked to a precision barrel maker that is unfortunately no longer with us , and here is how he explained it to me . A barrel is only good for so many shots ,every time you run a brush down the barrel you cut the life span down . He said you break it in like that if you want , I will be glad to sell you a new barrel much sooner . He told me to clean it when the accuracy starts to fall off ,other than that your just wasting your money and time
     
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  17. gunnut07

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    I take it out and follow a very specific ritual of shooting and cleaning.

    1. Clean it when I get it.
    2. Lube it with proper lube.
    3. Go to range SHOOT THE SNOT out of it.
    4. Clean it when I get home.
     
  18. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    If the bore is chrome lined, then it is truly a waste of time.
     
  19. pawjr74

    pawjr74 New Member

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    Have you been hanging out at the Bohemian Grove again? :p
     
  20. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    This guy has an interesting "break-in" method. :D

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRRahHX9Zkg[/ame]