Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Turkeytider, Nov 18, 2021.
If something shoots particularly dirty or comes that way second-hand I’ll reach for Sweets followed by CLP and Bore Paste. If things aren’t sorted in 30 rounds you should call (post here) for back up.
I own several Savage 110's and Axis, and they all shoot fine right out of the box. I do clean the chamber and bore every 5 to 10 rds until I've got at least 50rds through, but that's just my preference, maybe not even be necessary.
Sounds like a plan. Thanks all.
But it won't be any more accurate than if you'd just used the rifle normally and fired the same number of rounds cleaning when it was dirty. Every rifle barrel is different. Some seem to get to peak accuracy after around 10-12 rounds, others may continue to improve until you're over 100 rounds.
The only advantage I see to the clean after every few rounds routine when new, is that the barrel will be easier to clean the 1st few times.
My E R Shaw 250 Savage was cleaned two or three times during the first 50. Or so. Now has over 300 thru it and accuracy has not degraded and little copper fouling shows. However it only burns 34 grains of powder and just makes 2800 fps
Custom barrels, I follow the manufacturers break-in recommendations. My final receipt from PacNor arrived last week and contained their break in recommendations that pretty much mirror those from Bartlein. Break-in for me isn't really the arduous task it is for others. Range is out back, I'm zeroing and working on load development while I'm doing it. First 3 rounds using the OCW method are pressure test rounds anyway, so it's not a waste.
Also it's good to note that most of the recommendations I've followed tell you to watch what the barrel is telling you as to how much cleaning it needs. From Bartlein:
I've not noticed an increase in accuracy by performing a break in, but I have observed a decrease in the amount of fouling.
A NEW rifle, most likely, has a NEW scope mounted on it.
However many rounds (5-10) you need to get the scope on target, run a couple patches through the barrel.
Shoot a few groups (10-20 rounds) to check accuracy.
Run a couple patches
Shoot a different brand or bullet weight.
Broke in a it gonna get.
Shoot it and gave fun.
Like stringent said, if it isn't a serious target/benchrest rifle, no need to get technical.
It’s an Event! Bring sandwiches!
How does one break in a new motorcycle? By shooting it, I mean, riding it!
Get out, use it. See what it likes, clean it. Shoot it some more, look at it. Fiddle with the glass, clean it some. Shoot it cold, shoot it hot. Empty the ammo can, collect the targets and bras.
Take it home, scrub it clean and marvel at the day.
Enjoying the rifle! That is my thought on it. Breaking it in is an excuse for me to go out and play with my new toy. (Or “work with a new tool” for you grown up, serious types. Yes it is to the same thing!) Putting in the rounds to know my weapon.
I assume this isn’t a 458 Winchester Magnum, right?
How much is 200 rounds of 300 WM? Both of those sound painful, one to my wallet the other to my wallet and shoulder, neck, retinal nerves…
No break in.
I like this approach! Not a bad one to apply to life in general for that matter!
In most cases, that means powder charge nodes can, do, and will slightly shift or redefine their bounds during that time, and of course, the velocity shift will change the relationship between POA and POI.
So yes, barrel break in does mean something.
I really like this part!!!
Ahem, brass! I mean brass!
Not from just break in. And barrels worth rebarreling with usually aren’t harmed from a lack of “break in”.
A Lilja is not going to be damaged from a lack running a bronze brush down it after the first shot…
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