Originally Posted by denny2
Those are some nice groups SBruce. I was worried about the first cleaning/safety factor the most. Maybe there is too much emphasis put into break-in. I probably clean my barrel too much. I will use solvent-brush-patches every 30-40 rounds. Sometimes I will fire a couple of rounds and put it away then when I bring it out the next time, I pull a bore snake through it a few times if it hasn't been a total of 30-40 rounds. I remember when I picked up my barrel from Rock Creek I asked what they thought about break-in. He said just clean it once in a while and just shoot it. I looked at it as I spent good money on this barrel, I wanted the best from it and for it to last. Maybe I should slow down on the cleaning.
I agree with Rock Creek......It's been said before, time and time again; let the accuracy/precision/group size tell you how often to clean.
FWiW, I am with you; when we spend Buku$$ on a custom gun......custom action, custom barrel, custom stock with bedding and custom trigger.......it's in our best interest to follow the barrel maker/gunsmiths' recomendations, especially when they have an accuracy gaurantee. But still, that being said; the very best groups I've ever fired out of my
personally owned guns (so far anyway) were with factory tubes after alot of load development
and not alot of cleaning
I've got a 1/2 dozen new custom builds that have been broken in according to recomendations, and a few are shooting really good so far with minimal load development, but are they shooting well enough to offset the time and effort involved for "break in"..........??..............that still remains to be seen.
The only benefits I've personally realized so far from broke in barrels; is less time involved to get them down to "bare metal clean" (easier cleaning) and stabilized velocities........in the LR game, consitent velocities are important. Can't honestly say I've seen an accuracy difference other than how quickly they sometimes foul and how easily they clean..........but hell, that simply might be the difference between Stainless custom barrels and factory CM barrels...??
Still, all that said; I firmly believe in an initial cleaning (at least a patch or two) to get the packing grease out of the tube. Not to mention the possible styrofoam or cardboard or mud off the UPS mans' boots.