Well, I broke down and bought my first truly new rifle. All of my other guns this far have been hand me downs or surplus purchases. Went into the gun store with the intention of buying a CETME or HK G3 clone or possibly a Garand... After a brief temptation to pick up the M14 with national match barrel I ended up walking out after putting a Savage 110 ba in .338 Lapua on layaway I've been devoting the past few days to scope research and the like when I came across an article mentioning barrel break in. I've heard of it, I've never had to worry about it however. I've broken in car engines, my motorcycle engine... Never had to break in a barrel though. Looking it up online I hear arguments for and arguments against, even bullets that will help speed the process? This board has given me tons of information regarding my chosen hobby so I'm hoping I can call on your guys generosity once again. One of the guides lay's out the method as the following. Bore guide is necessary 1 Patch of Sweets, soak for 30 seconds Pass brush through until just the end is exposed, douse with Hoppe's Nitro solvent Brush the barrel another 9 times Let soak for a bit when done 1 Patch of Sweet's Dry patches until the barrel is clean Fire First Shot, then clean barrel Shoot another 4, then clean barrel Shoot Another 9, clean Shoot another 14, Clean. Don't get me wrong I don't mind cleaning any of my rifles. I shoot corrosive and go over all of them with a fine tooth comb, but man this just seems a little... Overkill? But again I could be wrong and have the wrong mentality coming from the world of Surplus guns lol.