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Old 12-07-2013, 07:55 PM
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Suggestions on how to break in my barell?

I have a 6.5 Creedmoor on order and should be here next week. What do you all suggest for a barrel break in process? I've done some reading online but i want to know what your opinions are. Any help is appreciated!
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Re: Suggestions on how to break in my barell?

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I have a 6.5 Creedmoor on order and should be here next week. What do you all suggest for a barrel break in process? I've done some reading online but i want to know what your opinions are. Any help is appreciated!
Some don't believe in break in, I do and have seen the difference in performance.

I prefer the shoot 1 and clean, for 7 to 10 rounds. The shoot 3 and clean for 3 to 5 times. If the barrel cleans up quickly you can go th 5 shot strings before cleaning. (Take your time and don't
let the barrel get hot to the touch).

I plan on at least 20 rounds before the barrel is ready to start working up a load. (For break in
I use any good Jacketed bullet somewhere around the starting loads listed in the loading manuals)

This does a good job of fire forming your brass but does not reduce the life of the brass.

Each barrel is different and as you clean it ,it will let you know when it's broke in.

I have seen factory barrels take 60 to 80 rounds before they settled down.

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Old 12-08-2013, 06:53 PM
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Re: Suggestions on how to break in my barell?

Thanks for the help J E. When you clean between shots do you clean out the barrel as clean as you can get it? Do you use just a brush or patches as well? I usually use Hoppe's 9 solvent. Is this a good solvent or do you think i should use something else?
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Re: Suggestions on how to break in my barell?

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Thanks for the help J E. When you clean between shots do you clean out the barrel as clean as you can get it? Do you use just a brush or patches as well? I usually use Hoppe's 9 solvent. Is this a good solvent or do you think i should use something else?
I like to use Butches bore shine or Bore Tec Eliminator for this. they work well but are not to aggressive.

I like to use a cotton swab to apply the solvent and in the beginning a soft bronze brush it the barrel doesn't come clean after 2 or 3 patches.

It needs to be clean before the next shot or you defeat the purpose of brake in (Copper fouling slows the process).

After a few shots you can begin to feel the barrel getting better and patches start coming clean after 2 or 3.

Hoppe's Is a very good product for storing and light clean up but a more aggressive cleaner will speed up a slow process.

Hope this helps

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Old 12-08-2013, 08:50 PM
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Re: Suggestions on how to break in my barell?

Yes that helps thank you. Do you believe a bore guide is necessary? Because ive heard that if you dont then you could damage your bore. Is this true?
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Yes that helps thank you. Do you believe a bore guide is necessary? Because ive heard that if you dont then you could damage your bore. Is this true?
It is a must. I also like to use the largest diameter cleaning rod possible. (It is more ridged
and does not snake down the bore).

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Re: Suggestions on how to break in my barell?

JE has nailed it pretty well. I use the Savage acumen on a new barrel myself. Basically the JE Custom method.

I think the most important aspect is making sure the barrel is never heated up. Light contours heat up quickly, Less mass to dissipate heat.

I have to say that Butch's is good stuff. Hoppes is good for storage (and it smells better) too.
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