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Unread 10-18-2002, 04:41 PM
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Re: Cleaning


I agree w/ most of what you say. It's just that I figured that the barrel should have been broken in *long* ago... It started acting dippy around 700-800rds, and I've probably got over 1k thru it now. I figured that after 200 or so, it should be settled in for good. Ah, well. Guess I'll just have to deal w/ it, at any rate. Think I'm going to cook up some nice hot 155gr J4 / 47.0gr VARGET loads, and test out my new (replacement) Sightron SII6-24x42mm w/ dot reticle scope on Monday or so.


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Unread 10-21-2002, 01:01 PM
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Re: Cleaning

Monte, after a few hundred rounds, any barrel can be considered broken in. All that means to me is that the rough edges caused from cutting the rifling has been knocked off. You could do the same thing with liberal use of JB and elbow grease.

What you are seeing is the changes due to wear. If you have a load that now works, go for it. wouldn't surprise me that the load has to change as the barrel and throat wears.

Did you check the twist rate to see if my theory was correct?

Good luck with your shooting and hopefully you will now have a consistent and accurate load.

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