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Unread 09-03-2009, 08:16 PM
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Breaking in a New Barrel

I recently purchased a Remington 700 rifle in 308 caliber. Ive never had a new rifle where breaking in a barrel was a concern. The question i got is, after how many rounds would it take from a new rifle before you can say your zero will not be affected from other than environmental factors?

Im still new at this, but any help would be great.

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    Re: Breaking in a New Barrel

    here is good link someone asked same question 5 years ago, but nothing changed since
    breaking a barrel

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    Re: Breaking in a New Barrel

    That's funny, I just checked that link and there was a guy by the name of Hooter Shooter. That's funny!
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    Re: Breaking in a New Barrel

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    I recently purchased a Remington 700 rifle in 308 caliber. Ive never had a new rifle where breaking in a barrel was a concern. The question i got is, after how many rounds would it take from a new rifle before you can say your zero will not be affected from other than environmental factors?

    Im still new at this, but any help would be great.

    Thanks
    Shayne
    Hi Shayne,

    Welcome to LRH. Breaking in a barrel is essentially a process of smoothing out the roughness in your bore. It's basically lapping your bore by firing through it. The idea is to eliminate the roughness and irregularities and eliminate copper fouling. To do this correctly you must clean the copper from your bore after each shot until your copper fouling stops or almost stops. You need a good copper remover. I use Bore Tech Eliminator. If you use Bore Tech, you need to use a nickle plated or plastic jag with it because Bore Tech will eat away a brass jag and give a false blue copper reading. I use Bore Tech at the range between shots and I use Wipeout at home when I can soak it.

    Breaking in your barrel may or may not affect your accuracy. It will almost certianly improve your rifle's consistancy and it will make cleaning your rifle a whole lot easier and reduce the frequency of cleanings.

    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Breaking in a New Barrel

    Thanks for the great info. Im heading to the range this weekend and will try that out.

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    I recently purchased a Remington 700 rifle in 308 caliber. Ive never had a new rifle where breaking in a barrel was a concern. The question i got is, after how many rounds would it take from a new rifle before you can say your zero will not be affected from other than environmental factors?

    Im still new at this, but any help would be great.

    Thanks
    Shayne
    The amount of rounds will vary from rifle to rifle .

    The method I like is to Shoot one round and clean then repeat until the barrel cleans after
    only two or three patches.

    On custom barrels this takes from 6 to 15 rounds, factory barrels will take more. (15 to 25)

    If broken in properly a barrel will not foul as bad and will clean up fast.

    Some people don't believe in break in but I feel it prolongs barrel life.

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