GUN Your take on barrel break-in?

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  1. Bigsnake

    Bigsnake OT Supporter

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    Been reading so much stuff on do barrel break in, don't do it, etc.

    Heard barrel makers say it just so you waste more of the barrels life with breaking it in.

    Krieger's webpage has information on their suggested break-in procedure with a one-shot, one-clean method. As well as I've heard a bunch of other stuff.

    What did you do with your precision rifle?
     
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    Shot 100 rds.. cleaned and stored it. WOA SS 18" SPR barrel btw... still breaking it in as I have only shot less than 200rds through it but it hasnt given me any problems yet.
     
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    Break it in as in fired it? I know this rifle hasn't even been test fired yet.

    From what I read it seems Krieger laps the edges off from when they machine the grooves but their main concern is when the chamber is reamed out.

    I'm going to call DGR Monday sometime to see what he recommends for rifle break in. Hoping to get it out for the first time Tuesday.
     
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    Just found a thing for breaking in a SS Krieger Barrels.

    Fire one Shot and then clean. Do 5 times
    Fire three shots, then clean. Do once
    Fire 5 shots, then clean and then you're good to go

    Think I'll follow that procedure.
     
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    and then bumpfire.
     
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    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    RRA says its not needed on my AR
     
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    This was for a rimfire barrel from Green Mountain.

    I heard of people doing 1 shot - clean, 2 shots - clean....to 10 shots. Then I hear of people doing 10 shots clean - 10 shots clean...till you finish a box of 100. I did the latter. I cant tell you if it worked or not...but it didnt harm anything.
     
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    Yep, the McMillian stuff I've been seeing is what has been saying barrel break-in is not needed.

    Most other things I read says to do a barrel break in though.
     
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    Lol I put 700 rounds through my GM 10/22 bbl. the first day i got it, cleaned it when I got home. :o

    Still no probs though.
     
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    for my Armalite match rifle, we did 10 shots clean 3 times.
     
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    michael WELCOME TO THE GUNSHINE STATE

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    old wive's tale :o
     
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    I think .22lr barrels are different than high power barrels.
     
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    I'm not sure. I've only read one person online saying not to do a barrel break-in. Everyone else has their own method of doing it. I think I'll follow Krieger's one.
     
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    There was a huge discussion on arfcom and even Adco doesnt break in their barrels. This will probably be a never ending debate.. some say the amount of cleaning you do will wear out the barrel faster than just shooting it.
     
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    Got a link to the arfcom thread? I'm not a member over there but I lurk.
     
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    michael WELCOME TO THE GUNSHINE STATE

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    i'd bet..that steel brush is killer
     
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    who the hell uses a steel brush to clean a barrel? :ugh:
     
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    Can you even buy steel brushes?

    Don't believe I've seen one before.
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    You can though I can't think of an instance where one would be better to use than a copper or nylon brush.
     
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    Goat That crack is really moreish

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    I've seen them for sale, but I really don't know what you'd use them for.
     
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    Well, if you break it in and it really doesn't need it, you haven't harmed the barrel. On the other hand, if you don't do it, and it should be broken in then you may not get the most from the barrel. So breaking it in would seem the safe bet, whether or not it's really needed.

    As to the other part there, don't clean with steel brushes and sand* and that should not be a problem

    *to those in WMD that seem to lack the gene to comprehend sarcasm, that was it.
     
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    Thanks, reading it now.

    Suppose to take this gun out tomorrow for the first time.

    All this talk of accurate shooting at distance makes me want to build a nice bolt-action rifle next.
     
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    Read that entire arfcom thread. I wouldn't call it a great discussion either.

    I wish I could find a message board with benchrest shooters discussing break-in more so than guy's with ARs that like to put 300 rounds through a rifle in a day and not care about group size at 100 yards. There's nothing wrong with doing that as I'll do it when I get around to building a carbine but we're after different goals.
     

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