Initial Tubb\'s Final Finish Report After a 7 Month wait to get a 338 RUM bbl fitted to a 700 BDL I finally got to shoot the thing. It feels nice to go bang, bang again. I had a Tubbs recoil lug installed. What a behemoth (means big, really big) I think it weakened the stock when I inletted for it. We'll see. From recommendations from those on this board that I think know what they'er about, I skipped the #1 bullets and only shot 1/2 of the number 2s. It was said that the #1s are for the really bad bores. This barrel was a new unfired take off barrel so I figured I'd take the advice given. I also skipped all of the bore scope plans. They just didn't work out. I did the cleaning rod 'feel' test. The barrel felt smooth for the first half then was rough for about 10" then smoother again. After the 10 shots w/the #3s the bore was a smooth as a new born babies butt from end to end. What I initially thought was smooth (initial impression), wasn't nearly as smooth as when I was done with the #3s. I was really pleased with what I was feeling through the cleaning rod and dry patches. Based on the above, I then shot only half of the #4s then half of the #5s. I was shooting 82gr Ramshot Magnum, Fed-215s and of course REM cases. Velocities started out just under 2400 and ended up just over 2500 FPS. I don't know if the velocity change was due to bore smoothness or different grit on the bullets. Observations: 1) The barrel do get hot. The temp was 95 but 5 shots was the limit, I felt so I cleaned every 5 shots vs the recommended 10. 2) Bore smoothness improved dramatically. 3) I don't think I'd use the process on any custom barrel though I've had some Shaw barrels that I thinks could have stood a little treatment. I wouldn't hesitate to use the Tubb's process on any factory barrel or any barrel that is on the down hill swing. We'll see what happens when I start the normal break in and load development.