Originally Posted by skandlus
well... after sifting through a bunch of crap for a gem on the search... which is like finding a needle in a haystack, this is what I guess I will stick with... if its good enough for Gale, its good enough for me
I feel I have to respond to this because of opposing opinions on this subject and the experiences
I have had with both break in and non break in of barrels.
First the barrels with no break in= The barrels that I did not break in fouled much worse and required much more cleaning time. Also they needed to be seasoned (10 or more rounds avg)
before they settled in and started shooting and after shooting a match they required major
cleaning and had to be re seasoned before the next match.
With the barrel break in procedure being used = I found that they required very little cleaning,
even after 100 shot matches and returned to best groups after only one fouling shot or just
dry patching. Also My rifles seemed to be more forgiving on any loads fired (None were really
bad) and SDs were always better for some reason.
Not to long ago I worked on a friends 6mm WSSM that would not shoot under 4" groups after
full floating the barrel installing pillars and bedding.(It was a Winchester coyote) the barrel was
very rough. after a light lapping we broke the barrel in cleaning and shooting and with in 25 rounds it was shooting under 1 MOA and is still improving the more he shoots it.
There are some that don't break in there barrels and that's fine if that's what they want to do
but "NOW" I break in all barrels because of the benefits in barrel life,performance and ease
So each to his own !
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