If I have a new rifle "nothing special' for hunting I treat it just like a "F" class break in. WHY NOT. I try to get the best out of everything I have so doing the "Break in" I'll still look at testing loads as I go along. I check the barrel out with a bore scope, measure my free bore, shoot/break in then fine tune. If it is a factory non hand lapped, I might even do limited fire lapping. Most of my rifles shoot <0.25" MAO and only the larger calibers at 0.50". My thought process is better take care up front in the beginning and that will follow down the road. Taking a little more time and doing a so called "Break in" can't hurt. Can anyone give me a negative on break in process besides a little more time and ammo?Love to get some input. I have 2 new 300WM to develop loads for. Goal is to shoot 205 berger hybrid elite hunter over H1000 lit by CCI250, starting with virgin Peterson Long brass. To conserve ammo, can I clean barrels and go straight to ladder or do I have to break in barrels? Am I kidding myself trying to shoot virgin brass? I have realistic goals of shooting 1 moa, but would like pretty good ES/SD.
1. Just get to shooting ladders in both guns? OR
2. Break in barrels and fireform brass with different components ? (I have some 150gr 308 bullets/other powders)
Thanks for your insight/thoughts in advance.
PS - rifles are nothing special - off the shelf T/C Compass II and Savage 110 variant.