Re: Is barrel break-in really needed for factory guns?
Just got back from a weekend deer hunt and started reading this thread.
Barrel break-in is a total crock of s**t and waste of your time. Gale McMillian hit the nail square on the head with his explanation.
I also respect Tubb's for his shooting, but fire lapping a barrel, come on folks think this process out logically. It theoretically can't do what it claims to do.
The bullet contact surface in the barrel is only so big. It's like trying to wax your entire car with just a tinny dab of wax and starting over at the exact same place each time you apply more wax to applicator. You just can't cover the entire car or even come close, but you get a nice shinny surface at the starting point.
Same thing with trying to use fire lapping compound coated bullets down your barrel. You get a nice smooth polished area and now an oversized throat area and not much polishing beyond that. Fire-lapping will open up and change your throat dimensions and maybe polish the next 2 or 3 inches of your barrel. Remember the whole bullet is coated with lapping compound, but only the bullets contact surface that is coated with compound will polish your bore. Thatís maybe 10 to 20% of the entire bullet depending on bullet design.
In the end with any barrel all you need is a good burnish in the barrel. You get that by shooting off rounds. I like to spend my time at the range shooting, not cleaning.
And think back, our parents and grandparents didn't do any barrel break-ins on their guns and you don't hear them tell stories of ruining their factory barrels because they didnít shoot and clean, shoot and clean.
Just my $0.02 worth.
Distance is not an issue, but the wind will make it interesting!