Originally Posted by Bigeclipse
thanks for the info guys...someone had mentioned proper barrel breakin...I have read a lot about this...and again am confused...some say it's a myth some simply clean factory barrel and go shoot while others use a specific shoot a shot then clean...repeat and so on. thoughts?
First, make sure to clean your rifle thoroughly before you put your first round down range. I have gotten a surprising amount of gunk (I am guessing leftover lubricants/particles from the machining process) out of the bore and chamber of new rifles.
From there, in general, all you are really doing is shooting and cleaning the barrel until the rate of fouling slows down. By observing the cleaning process you will know when break-in has been achieved.
Once your break-in is complete, it may be useful to you to continue to shoot and observe the following:
1) How many rounds it takes from a clean barrel before your point of impact settles down and your rifle starts grouping well. This will tell you how many fouling shots to fire after a complete cleaning.
2) Continue shooting until you see a point of impact shift or accuracy deteriorates or both. Note the number of rounds fired before either one of these things happens. That will give you an idea of what your cleaning interval should be. Though the cleaning interval will likely change over the life of the barrel, you will still have a baseline to work from.
3) Both of the above can be done in the course of normal practice. So can barrel break-in, for that matter.