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Just Received 18" Wylde 1:8 Barrel Break In Suggestions?

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  1. Load Master

    Load Master Member

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    I just received my new 18" 223 Wylde 1:8 Twist Fluted Barrel. Other than cleaning, what other things do you do to a new barrel and why? Thanks!
     
  2. badkarmamib

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    I shoot it. Period.
     
  3. Jackal

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    Shoot it a bunch, clean it when accuracy degrades or when you're bored and have beer.
     
  4. CLP

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    you should follow the proper barrel break-in procedure:
    1. shoot one round and then run solvent soaked patches through the bore repeatedly until they remain pristinely white
    2. repeat this process for approximately 499 more times, thoroughly cleaning the barrel following each round
    3. then shoot two rounds and clean the bore by running solvent soaked patches through the bore repeatedly until they remain pristinely white
    4. repeat step 3 499 more times, thoroughly cleaning the barrel following each round
    5. shoot 5 rounds and clean the bore by running solvent soaked patches through the bore repeatedly until they remain pristinely white
    6. repeat step 5 499 more times, thoroughly cleaning the barrel following each round
    7. replace barrel and perform barrel break in procedure with the new barrel
     
  5. Load Master

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    Wow! You guys are the best! CLP I will follow your detailed instructions to the letter. I'll report back with the results, though it might take a while to complete. :)
     
  6. mjtripper

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    Put ammo in the one end and shoot 'em out the other?
     
  7. taliv

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    If it's chrome lined I'd just shoot it.
     
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    Most 1:8 Wyldes are stainless. Either way just shoot it and clean when you fell like it.
     
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    Best break in for any AR is as discussed before : SHOOT THE BEANS OUT OF IT! If you are a bench rest shooter and want little tiny groups to make you warm and fuzzy use the method described by CLP as it can't hurt.
    My boatload of AR's go bang with each pull of the trigger and steel plates or tin cans tell me the rifles are shooting where I pointed them, all received the break in described above, all function flawlessly.
     
  10. Whiskey11

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    Pretty sure CLP was joking with that procedure. My barrel maker recommended cleaning with a patch between the first 10 rounds and then every 5 after that for the first 5 (so 12 cleanings). Then he said you could probably go about 100 rounds before accuracy falls off. I plan on taking his advise on the subject and then shooting it until accuracy does fall off.
     
  11. Llama Bob

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    I'm getting reasonably consistent half-MOA groups with FGMM out of my LMT MRP, and thus far the only cleaning I've done is to de-gunk the receiver and bolt area after shooting it suppressed. It's a 5.56 chamber (possibly custom dimensions) not Wylde though. It's on about 500 rounds, and thus far nothing but bullets have passed down the barrel. Accuracy has neither improved nor worsened over that period.

    Both "breaking in" and cleaning barrels for accuracy are myths in the context of field shooting. Even if they made a difference, and there's no evidence they do, it's clearly a much smaller difference than other issues that apply in the field (positional stability, wind, mirage, etc.)
     
  12. CANNONMAN

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    LB and CLP are correct. You may want to look into micro abrasions r/t cleaning -v- fouling. There are also numerous military armory folks who state that a slightly dirty barrel will out shoot a clean one. "You can actually see the groups tighten as they get shot." Quote I took from one of the RO's.
     
  13. toejamm

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    Do what you want, but.......

    Everyone has their opinion on this topic.
    Read this link from Krieger, on how and why to break in a barrel.

    https://kriegerbarrels.com/faq#breakin

    You spent the money on the barrel. Ask yourself a question.
    What could it hurt to follow a break-in procedure?

    If you have the time.......
     
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