Thanks gentlemen for your input. I'll be using this rifle for mule deer in high open desert terrain and anticipate some long range shots. I plan to develope some loads using 130 gr. bonded bullets starting with Win. 780 supreme and hope for 1/2 MOA or so.
I came across this interesting article on breakin. www.snipercountry.com/Articles/Barrel_breakin_II.asp_
Sounds like it may avoid barrel wear issues. I think I'll try it. I know I don't have a custom competition barrel here but I would like to have as much accuracy as possible. There are probably as many theorys on breakin as there are barrels out there.
Thanks again gents.
Bryan ( Well I noticed the link does'nt open. The method basically calls for "burnishing" the barrel
using moly powder on a patch wrapped brush applying several hundred strokes in a rapid
movement. This is supposed to burnish the barrel filling in microscopic voids with moly.)