Originally Posted by Texas Republic
I just received a new barrel and was wondering if I should begin load development during the barrel break in process or wait until I get some rounds through it? Will it skew results any? It's for a savage 111 in 338 Lapua
I don,t know why you couldn't but the results may be hidden.
I find that during break in a barrel improves slightly and then settles in somewhere from 10 to 20
rounds if it is a custom barrel., So I wait until that happens before starting load development to
prevent missing a good load.
I have had a few rifles love the load used for break in and stayed with it but this has been rare.
If you have a pet load and plenty of them by all means use them. Just dont give up on them if
they don,t shoot well in the beginning. Give them up to 20 shots to prove that the new barrel
just doesent like them.
Break in is more for improving the clean up and conditioning of the barrel for a more consistant
SD and accuracy in my opinion.
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