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i have also heard that the break in process started many many years ago from barrel makers saying thats what needs to be done and it has just been the thing to do for a long time now. I am totally with BB and woodtick shoot it then clean it.
thanks for all the input fellas
I'm glad this came up. I have a custom build at the smith now and will be breaking in soon.
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I am having a ballistics "expert" develop some loads for my .300wsm. The rifle is new and never fired. He told me to buy cheap factory ammo and fire three rounds then run a patch or two down the barrel and repeat until I fire two boxes through it. At that point I can start shooting for accuracy. Not sure if that's needed but sounds good lol. Only thing is I can't find cheap ammo lol.
Stay away from boresnakes. The fouling it pulls out of your barrel stay stuck in it so every time you run it down your barrel you are redistributing the crap in the snake. I keep one in my pack in case I get something in my barrel.
One other important note is don't over clean your barrel. After a good cleaning most barrels take somewhere around 10 shots to develop the best accuracy. I don't believe cleaning your barrel is really necessary as frequently as most people do it. I clean mine once a year now that I have my load development done.
I've never broke in a barrel and haven't seen wear for the worse... Although I'm not an authority to write there isn't merit to it. I am 100% with other posters regarding quality bore guide and rod. Would venture to guess FAR more damage to rifling from poor cleaning technique than overshooting a barrel out of the box.
I'm with the minority with squirrelduster on not over cleaning. The fact is most shooters can't shoot appreciably better with clean vs dirty barrel. Same can be said of shooting factory vs home reloading... But that's a different discussion.
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