- Oct 5, 2012
Lets see how the LRH crowd feels about breaking in barrels.
How smooth and copper clean the patches run through the barrel. On a new factory barrel initilly shoot one or two shots and increase up to five over a period of time. Clean the rifle and notice the “stickyness” as the rod is pushed through during cleaning and also the amount of “blue” copper on the patches if using a good copper remover. After a period of time, the rod should glide smoothly down the bore and the “blue” copper should almost or completely disappear, hopefully anyway. With a custom barrel it may only take a few rounds before the bore becomes relatively free of copper. A factory barrel may take from around 30 to an infinite amount of rounds. There comes a time when after about 30 to 40 rounds I will give up and just start shooting.Question from a rookie, how do you guys know when a barrel is broken in?