barrel break-in

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by arios, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. arios

    arios Member

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    Does anyone know if an improperly broken-in barrel can be saved? I'm assuming the barrel was allowed to get too hot when it was new. (300 RUM) My brother owned the rifle and gave it to me because he wasn't happy with the accuracy. Apparently it always shoots the first three shots just fine, but begins to spray after that. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Bugholes

    Bugholes <b>SPONSOR</b>

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    Sounds like he's flinching...
    Is it a factory barrel? If it is don't bother with any kind of break in
     

  3. arios

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    Yes, factory barrel. I suppose after three shots he could be flinching; although he would never admit it. I also though it might be getting too hot, as it is the factory barrel which is pretty thin.
     
  4. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    how hot is "to hot" ? have the throat checked with bore scope, if it's ok, bbl should be ok to go.
     
  5. yobuck

    yobuck Well-Known Member

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    i believe weatherby only guarantees 3 shot accuracy with their light barrel guns.
    as for proper breakin, thats a controversial subject even among barrel makers.
    heat can spoil groups regardless of how the barrel was broken in. especially with light barrels.
    chances are your brother wasent cut out for a light weight rum. thats nothing to be ashamed over.
    id be putting a muzzel brake on it and shooting 3 shot groups.
     
  6. arios

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    Thanks for your input. Personally, I think that three shots is plenty for a hunting rifle, I tend to favor single-shots. I believe if the first, or second, shot isn't good; the animal has won the round. Still, just wondering what you guys thought. I have just mounted a scope on the rifle, and have yet to shoot it myself. If I can put three shots in an inch, I think I will be satisfied. (Half inch would be better.)
     
  7. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Some barrels foul fast and a fouled barrel normally doesn't shoot well.

    What do you have to loose. clean bore to bare metal, do a shoot and clean 5 or 6 times
    and if it doesent start cleaning easier you probably cant help it.

    Also the light barrel will heat up fast so let it cool between shots. and dont rule poor bedding.

    J E CUSTOM