Originally Posted by bowhunthard
Just curious, what do you think about barrel break-in on a .17 HMR? Is it required, could it help? I know it can't hurt..., just not sure if it's worth the time. If it is something I should do, should I proceed like it's a centerfire?
I think it helps to break any rifle barrel in.
There are a lot of pros and cons on this issue but I have proven to my own satisfaction that
it makes a big difference in barrel fouling and accuracy.
I have even taken a rifle that was not broken in and cleaned it to bright metal and then
used the standard break in and it improved both fouling and accuracy.
I break in all of my barrels now.
Also I test each barrel after break in by shooting consecutive rounds until accuracy falls off.
All barrels will reach this point at different times. once the barrel has fouled it may be a
consistant grouper but the groups are normally larger than a clean barrel group.
Just My opinion based on My experiences.
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