Hand lapping vs. fire lapping vs. traditional barrel break in

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by .260 Rem, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. .260 Rem

    .260 Rem Member

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    Another question from a newbie. What's the general concensus on fire lapping, hand lapping or just shoot-clean, shoot-clean, etc for breaking in a new barrel? Or is it lap the barrel then still shoot-clean as usual?
    Thanks.
    Jay
     
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Most custom barrels are already hand lapped and do not need anything done to them except
    the break in.

    The only reason to re-lapp or fire lapp is if there is a problem with a used barrel.

    I would recommend the shoot and clean method of break in or nothing on new barrels.

    J E CUSTOM
     

  3. zupatun

    zupatun Well-Known Member

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    New factory barrel? If I had access to a borescope I'd take a look at it to get a general sense of the machining and then I'd break in the barrel normally and see how it shoots.

    If this is a custom barrel you shouldn't need to polish or fire polish the barrel IMO.

    If it doesn't shoot well and fouls badly after the first 100 rounds or so I would consider having a smith polish it, or fire polish it with Tubbs.

    I have used Tubbs on a Factory Tikka varmint in 308 and it was effective...much easier to clean and a measureable improvement in accuracy. From about 1.25MOA with 168gr fed match to about 0.8 or 0.9 MOA groups...

    Best load with this rifle after Tubbs was a ten shot group about 0.68" at 100 yards using 42.0gr of Varget behind 175Gr SMK.
     
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  4. .260 Rem

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    I should of mentioned this is from E.R. Shaw. I don't know if this qualifies as a custom or production.
    Jay