Re: New rifle break-in
No offense to Gale, but I've read that article before and dont have a clue where he's coming from.
Something to keep in mind is... barrel break-in is not about accuracy. It's about conditioning your barrel to foul less... period. And if you do it right, it WILL accomplish that. That may improve accuracy to some degree or may not. But if you're breaking in a new barrel you will never know. Let me repeat... a proper break-in WILL reduce copper fouling. I have experienced three times now and others many more. Reuced copper fouling means....
- longer periods between needed cleanings ( no sense in cleaning a bore that is shooting well) When copper builds up, accuracy will fall off.
- much easier cleaning sessions, and...
- more shooting consistancy
- less fouling shots required after cleaning (longer barrel life and less wasted ammo)
Not all barrels will stop fouling but some do or almost stop. Custom handlapped barrels break in easier. Factory barrels take a good bit more work and some will only partially break-in.
I will be breaking in all my barrels.