Originally Posted by retiredcpo
Well Im sure Ill get flamed real good for this one
I have two 17hmrs and shoot close to if not more than 1000 rounds every spring.
I did no break in at all on either gun and sometimes ill get 300-500 rounds through one before even thinking about cleaning it.
No I dont shoot my long range guns like this but my 17's I do.
I have been shooting on of them for about 10 years now and it just gets better with age. Both are tac drivers and have confirmed kills out to 300 yards with my wife shooting (real good conditions)
Shhot it have a lot of fun and drag a bore snake through it everynow and then.
Why would you get flamed for not breaking in your rifle ?
The 17 HMR was designed to shoot "A LOT" and are one of the most fun rifles to have.
I like them so well I have built myself and a friend several custom rifles on Anschutz actions
and they are impressive to say the least.
I broke mine in because of the velocity(2500+ ft/sec) and whether it helped accuracy or not
is hard to tell all of the Lilja barreled 17s will shoot 10 rounds @ 100 yards well under 1/2
MOA all day long.
Bur they do shoot higher velocities than the factory ammo advertise (They Average 2574
ft/sec ) But that could be the great barrels that Lilja makes.
I recently bought a Weatherby MK XX11 in 17 HMR and I'm tempted to try shooting it without
breaking it in and after I get an accuracy and velocity average Clean it back to bare metal and
do a shoot and clean break in and see if it makes any difference in velocity and accuracy.
I know it has made a difference on the big bores that I came back and broke in later.
Again ; just my opinion.
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