Breaking in a barrel


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chute2thrill
December 22, 2007, 06:10 PM
i recently purchased an m700 30.06... i would appreciate if someone could tell me the proper way to break in the barrel.. thanks

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W.E.G.
December 22, 2007, 07:05 PM
not this thread again...


http://thehighroad.org/search.php?searchid=3335844

The Deer Hunter
December 22, 2007, 08:16 PM
Hey I just got the same rifle....

Thanks for saving me the thread! :D

Slugless
December 22, 2007, 08:35 PM
I've read the threads and here's my summary including a manufacturer's example:

Non-Chrome Barrel Breaking in procedure

A new barrel will shoot best if careful attention is given to proper break-in. Differing opinions exist as to what constitutes proper break-in, however, we recommend that no more than 20 rounds be fired at one time before cleaning the barrel - for the first 60 rounds. Each time the barrel is cleaned for the first 120 rounds, it must be thoroughly cleaned, removing all traces of copper and fouling. Recommended procedure for thorough cleaning: In all cases it is vital that cleaning tools (brushes, patches, etc.) be pushed from the breech toward the muzzle and then removed from the rod at the muzzle end. DO NOT drag anything back through the muzzle. Clean the bore with a good bore cleaner. Decopper the bore with a copper solvent. Clean the bore again with JB Bore Cleaner paste as follows; 1. Work the JB paste into a new patch. 2. Wrap the patch around a worn bore brush. 3. Push it through the bore for ten strokes. Replace the patch every five strokes. 4. Run a dry patch then an oil patch if storing the rifle. After the barrel is broken in , clean the bore immediately after each shooting session. Decopper the barrel every 300-400 rounds. Clean the bore every 1,000 rounds with JB Bore Cleaner.

Taken from Bushmaster's website.

Do a search on THR (hint: use Google including as a search term site:http://www.thehighroad.org). Look for USSRs comments in particular. I understand it's about smoothing out the throat, not the barrel or clean bore accuracy. I also understand it's a cleanliness thing, less fouling if broken in.

Finally go to Kreiger's website & read what they have to say.

Slugless
December 22, 2007, 08:39 PM
W.E.G.

not this thread again...

Can we use the terms:

The thread that doesn't die, or
Zombie thread

:D

eliphalet
December 22, 2007, 08:41 PM
Breaking in a barrel Use the search option at the top of the page, you'll find more information than your gonna read, with no resolve in sight. Good luck!

DnPRK
December 22, 2007, 08:42 PM
Shoot it as normal. Clean it well afterwards. Enjoy life.

jacobhh
December 22, 2007, 09:06 PM
Same way you get to Carnegie Hall.

Average Joe
December 22, 2007, 09:20 PM
Not again .

Neo-Luddite
December 22, 2007, 09:32 PM
1)Use good 'standard' ammo (quality fmj or soft point). Maybe for your case 150-165 gr. Spend a few bucks on the first 100 rounds and buy the name brand (rem, win, fed, whatever you like).

2)Clean the bore every 5 rounds or so and use a nice aluminum or synthetic cleaning rod (preferably non-segmented). Avoid steel. Use plenty of solvent and patches but don't forget to dry the bore and inspect for obstructions before resuming.




This is what I do-it's like breaking in a new baseball mit--EVERYBODY has a secret method.

(btw--for the mit--water soaking, slow dry tied with 3 balls in place, vaseline, shaving cream to finish (cheap, but lemon/lime scented if you like).

USSR
December 22, 2007, 09:49 PM
3rd time in a month.:eek:

Don

alsaqr
December 22, 2007, 10:02 PM
1. Clean the gun.
2. Shoot the gun
3. Clean the bore using a good cleaning rod and copper solvent.


Works best if performed on winter soltice.

chute2thrill
December 22, 2007, 10:20 PM
sorry about the trouble... i didn't realize this was such a contraversial topic... i just didn't want to screw up my barrel by shootin a box of ammo right away...

thanks to those of you who answered my question

elrod
December 22, 2007, 10:40 PM
..Five thousand comedians out of work and everybody wants to be funny when a nooby asks a serious question.....

Welcome to THR, chute2thrill....these really are nice guys.:rolleyes:

Walkalong
December 23, 2007, 12:04 AM
Welcome to THR, chute2thrill....these really are nice guys. :rolleyes:
Yep. There are just some subjects we can't all agree on. :D

gunnie
December 23, 2007, 09:00 AM
http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=321385

a recent rant on same question....wish i could say, "hope this answers your question."......

at least it'll give some insight into the hostility surrounding the subject.

gunnie

johnmcl
December 23, 2007, 11:24 AM
Welcome aboard, chute2thrill

As you can tell, this is the latest installment on the joke about five guys in a room with six opinions.

Seriously though, I encourage you to blow past the nonsense and thoughtfully research your question. Despite the howls on this thread, you're question is valid and important.

Now go ahead and ask us whether you should buy a Glock or a 1911.

Enjoy shooting and life,

Walkalong
December 23, 2007, 12:23 PM
Now go ahead and ask us whether you should buy a Glock or a 1911. :what:

rangerruck
December 23, 2007, 01:24 PM
that sounds like way too harsh a bbl break in method. especially the jb bore paste goo. Dude, too much cleaning is worse than not cleaning at all. thoroughly clean and lube(use a solvent that does copper) after every 5 shots, for 25 shots. Use a brass brush. Then go nuts. once you get home, or are goint to clean it at the range, i like a nice foaming bore cleaner. let it sit in, and do most of the work for you.

chute2thrill
December 23, 2007, 02:15 PM
"Now go ahead and ask us whether you should buy a Glock or a 1911."

i may be new... but i do know better than that

tbtrout
December 23, 2007, 02:20 PM
Shoot it and have fun.

I LIKE IT!
December 23, 2007, 03:01 PM
I know next to nothing about "breaking-in" a firearm.

How do I go about it, I usually shoot 100-200 rounds each trip(short trip)
I get home, get comfy, prep the cleaning gear and give them all a cleaning.
Everytime I shoot this is done, and I usually update the round count of each
firearm.(just for the hell of it)

My .02:cool:

ZeroJunk
December 23, 2007, 06:43 PM
I know next to nothing about "breaking-in" a firearm

That's true for most everybody that posts on the subject. It would be instructive for anybody interested to search USSR's advice as he actually has experience with it.

Jeff F
December 23, 2007, 08:23 PM
Just shoot it and clean it. Unless it is some super high dollar, super high quality bench rest barrel I just shoot them. On any new or new to me fire arms I always run a few patches down the bore before shooting.

brentn
December 23, 2007, 09:51 PM
That tidbit from bushmasters website is an incredible amount of work. People who live far enough from a range in the city would go crazy with that procedure.. Only shooting your rifle so little before you are required to clean it would drive me nuts, when I go to the range I want to stay at the range. Not shoot for 10 minutes, pack up and bring her home for cleaning and repeat that several times.. Especially a new gun.


Although its not my place to question bushmasters suggestion on cleaning, in fact I'm sure that alot of R&D went into that statement, but for all my new rifles I go out and shoot it, shoot it as much as I want and then clean after. Broken in.

jeepmor
December 23, 2007, 10:00 PM
I found working the bore with a jag, tight fitting patches and some rubbing compound or bore paste before ever firing made it very easy to clean. Got lots of black crud out of the bore. I did this way more than 10 strokes, more like 50-100, changing swab when it was black. I did not bother with one direction either, I pushed the abrasive swab back and forth.

USSR
December 23, 2007, 10:49 PM
I found working the bore with a jag, tight fitting patches and some rubbing compound or bore paste before ever firing made it very easy to clean. Got lots of black crud out of the bore. I did this way more than 10 strokes, more like 50-100, changing swab when it was black. I did not bother with one direction either, I pushed the abrasive swab back and forth.

Hate to tell you this, jeepmor, but that "black crud" is metal. Using an abrasive like that is not a smart thing to do, especially 50-100 times.:eek:

Don

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