Breaking in a new Remington 700


December 1, 2006, 06:02 PM
I recently, today, bought a new Remington 700 and have heard various theories on breaking in a new gun. From cleaning after every shot for the first 5, 10, or 50 shots; to firing 20, cleaning and repeat; and to not baby a Remington thatís why you bought it.

What are your collective thoughts?

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December 1, 2006, 06:34 PM
welcome to THR! great question, here is a link that should square you away!
great choice for a rifle, congrats. hope this helps.

for me in hunting rifles no i wouldn't do it. but if i had a rifle that was desgnated as a long range "sniper" type weapon then i would do it.

December 1, 2006, 06:39 PM
Thank you and Thank you

December 1, 2006, 07:09 PM
As a barrel maker I have looked in thousands of new and used barrels
with a bore scope and I will tell you that if every one followed the
prescribed break in method A very large number would do more harm than
help. The reason you hear of the help in accuracy is because if you
chamber barrel with a reamer that has a dull throater instead of cutting
clean sharp rifling it smears a burr up on the down wind side of the
rifling. It takes from 1 to 2 hundred rounds to burn this bur out and
the rifle to settle down and shoot its best. Any one who chambers rifle
barrels has tolerances on how dull to let the reamer get and factories
let them go longer than any competent smithe would. Another tidbit to
consider, Take a 300Win Mag. that has a life expectancy of 1000 rounds.
Use 10% of it up with your break in procedure for ever 10 barrels the
barrel maker makes he has to make one more just to take care of the
break in. no wonder barrel makers like to see this. Now when you flame
me on this please include what you think is happening to the inside of
your barrel during the break in that is helping you.

Gale McMillan
NBSRA IBS,FCSA and NRA Life Member
I wouldn't worry about breakin. Just clean it well after each shooting session.

December 1, 2006, 08:04 PM
I own 3 Remington 700 rifles. Old Betsy a 30-06 made in 1962, a 223Rem VSL and a 22-250 that I rescued at an estate sale. Each one was broken in very different. The most care was taken recently with the 223 Rem. They all shoot extremely well at 200 yds in competition.

You made a great choice in Rem. 700. Take care to clean it completely each time you shoot and you won't need to be too concerned about "break in".

Your 700 will hit what it is aimed at. Just make sure it is aimed at what you want to hit!

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