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Bill I Am
08-24-2012, 2:18 PM
Why I am SURE this has come up here before? I did a search and could not find anything so here is my question.

There is a YouTube vid of a guy that talks about breaking in his new 10/22, stock, barrel. He suggested that you fire a round..just one. Then clean the thing. Then you fire another and you clean it. After a mag, you start to fire...oh boy...2 rounds!! After a mag of that, you can then go up to 5 etc etc until you have blasted around 200 rounds.

Here are the 2 vids about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=654SItF4e7k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LitGDerYR6Y&feature=plcp

I have not heard of this. Can anybody say if this is correct or just overkill??

BonnieB
08-24-2012, 2:22 PM
That's what the Weatherby manual said about it's 12 gauge. fire, clean, fire, clean (10 times). fire, fire, fire, clean (ten times), etc.

No clue why. Everybody I talk to says 'clean the the he!! out of it, lube it liberally, and shoot!

I'm up for input, I don't want to screw up a gun.

Izzy43
08-24-2012, 4:27 PM
Why I am SURE this has come up here before? I did a search and could not find anything so here is my question.

There is a YouTube vid of a guy that talks about breaking in his new 10/22, stock, barrel. He suggested that you fire a round..just one. Then clean the thing. Then you fire another and you clean it. After a mag, you start to fire...oh boy...2 rounds!! After a mag of that, you can then go up to 5 etc etc until you have blasted around 200 rounds.

Here are the 2 vids about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=654SItF4e7k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LitGDerYR6Y&feature=plcp

I have not heard of this. Can anybody say if this is correct or just overkill??

That method is typically used for centerfire rifles. Not necessary for .22s. I own six .22 rifles and when new I just cleaned out the factory preservative from the action and barrel and started using the rifle. All shoot very good and accurate.

Check your owner's manual and see what it says about barrel break-in. I bet you won't find it mentioned in the manual.

Bill I Am
08-25-2012, 4:27 AM
That method is typically used for centerfire rifles. Not necessary for .22s. I own six .22 rifles and when new I just cleaned out the factory preservative from the action and barrel and started using the rifle. All shoot very good and accurate.

Check your owner's manual and see what it says about barrel break-in. I bet you won't find it mentioned in the manual.

Good idea. It does seem a tad overkill but I figured I would ask.

BTW, LOVE that pic of Idylwild and that cabin.

phrogg111
08-25-2012, 4:52 AM
If it's not in the manual, don't do it.

I bought a .223 barrel from Accuracy Systems, Inc. for my AR-15. They had a 3/4 MOA guarantee, but it was only valid if you broke the barrel in right - which they had instructions on how to do.

My barrel break in period was 60 rounds. 300 is absurd.

RandyD
08-25-2012, 5:19 AM
That method is typically used for centerfire rifles. Not necessary for .22s. I own six .22 rifles and when new I just cleaned out the factory preservative from the action and barrel and started using the rifle. All shoot very good and accurate.

Check your owner's manual and see what it says about barrel break-in. I bet you won't find it mentioned in the manual.

Izzy43 is correct. If you look at the website of the premium barrel makers, you will see that they recommend a similar procedure to break in their barrels, but this procedure is only used for barrels in centerfire cartridges. The purpose of breaking in a centerfire barrel (which is generally cleaning after every shot for the first 10-15 shots) is the last step to insure the tooling marks are smoothed out to reduce the copper plating effect when a jacketed bullet is fired. .22 Long Rifle ammo is not jacketed ammo and there is no need to use this procedure on a .22 LR barrel.

Bill I Am
08-25-2012, 3:59 PM
If it's not in the manual, don't do it.

I bought a .223 barrel from Accuracy Systems, Inc. for my AR-15. They had a 3/4 MOA guarantee, but it was only valid if you broke the barrel in right - which they had instructions on how to do.

My barrel break in period was 60 rounds. 300 is absurd.

So, what did you have to do with those 60 rounds to "break" in your barrel?

Army
08-25-2012, 6:53 PM
Scrub the barrel good before you fire one round. After that, go play. Since each .22 bullet wears its own lube, bullet fouling is almost non-existent. After 500 rounds, scrub it again, and forget about it for a long time.

While it is possible to load up the rifling with powder residue and burnt on lube in a .22 barrel, the odds of shooting it enough in your lifetime to "shoot it out" are rather stratospheric.

10/22's don't need much, if any, lube. A tiny tiny tiny bit on the rails, and that's about it. Too much lube just attracts unburnt powder and lube, making the receiver get all gunky and slow the action.

Fjold
08-25-2012, 7:02 PM
With a 22 rimfire you clean the barrel when you buy it and then shoot it. Clean when you want to after that.

1000stars
08-25-2012, 7:43 PM
Con:
http://www.6mmbr.com/gailmcmbreakin.html

Pro:
http://www.kriegerbarrels.com/Break_In__Cleaning-c1246-wp2558.htm

Merc1138
08-25-2012, 8:03 PM
Con:
http://www.6mmbr.com/gailmcmbreakin.html

Pro:
http://www.kriegerbarrels.com/Break_In__Cleaning-c1246-wp2558.htm

And here's John Krieger himself explaining how he prefers not cleaning barrels:
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Barrel break in = superstitious hogwash

Manufacturers post procedures otherwise they'd have people pestering them about it constantly. If there was any science behind it proving the results, you'd see more consistency in break in methods, as well as reports actually documenting results.

phrogg111, how would they know you didn't?

rojocorsa
08-25-2012, 8:22 PM
Barrel break in is a hoax.



But to be fair, if you can show me hard numbers, that would be good.

Jet Setter
08-25-2012, 11:57 PM
My Chiappa .22 upper requires a break in period of about 100 to 150 rounds. It would actually help if the upper does not break before your break-in period is over.

Break-in is cumbersome but can be worth it to protect your barrel. However, for most .22LR, 100+ rounds break-in seems extensive. I am glad I did it on my end as I have already had to use the warranty. They are slow, but take care of you.

Perhaps, for your 10/22, meet in the middle and do about 50 rounds of break-in just for your piece of mind.

1000stars
08-26-2012, 12:30 AM
Volquartsen Custom rifles do not require any break-in. Why would a stock 10/22 or any other rimfire rifle need one.

mmayer707
08-26-2012, 1:24 AM
This sounds like a dream for anyone with OCD. Break it in by shooting it. Then clean it. Really, clean it after each shot for multiple shots? Sounds ridiculous to me.

Mail Clerk
08-26-2012, 8:31 AM
Why I am SURE this has come up here before? I did a search and could not find anything so here is my question.

There is a YouTube vid of a guy that talks about breaking in his new 10/22, stock, barrel. He suggested that you fire a round..just one. Then clean the thing. Then you fire another and you clean it. After a mag, you start to fire...oh boy...2 rounds!! After a mag of that, you can then go up to 5 etc etc until you have blasted around 200 rounds.

Here are the 2 vids about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=654SItF4e7k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LitGDerYR6Y&feature=plcp

I have not heard of this. Can anybody say if this is correct or just overkill??

Bill,

When it comes to shooting rimfire rifles you don't need to break in the barrel. Your accuracy comes from the crown of the barrel so if and when you clean the bore don't ding up the crown!

From your description that only applies to centerfire rifles cuz of the accuracy comes from the how smooth the bore is. You clean the bore each time to remove fouling as the bullet removes micro burrs from the lands of the rifling. The smoother the bore the more accurate the center fire is.

That's what I know of. If anyone knows more please chime in.

Mail Clerk

Jack L
08-26-2012, 8:54 AM
Volquartsen Custom rifles do not require any break-in. Why would a stock 10/22 or any other rimfire rifle need one.



^^THIS^^ Clean it before first time use, then after a full day of shooting is plenty ok. A lot of this comes from super accurate competitive shooters not squirrel hunters and paper punchers using .22 rounds.

sholling
08-26-2012, 9:41 AM
Why I am SURE this has come up here before? I did a search and could not find anything so here is my question.

There is a YouTube vid of a guy that talks about breaking in his new 10/22, stock, barrel. He suggested that you fire a round..just one. Then clean the thing. Then you fire another and you clean it. After a mag, you start to fire...oh boy...2 rounds!! After a mag of that, you can then go up to 5 etc etc until you have blasted around 200 rounds.

Here are the 2 vids about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=654SItF4e7k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LitGDerYR6Y&feature=plcp

I have not heard of this. Can anybody say if this is correct or just overkill??

It's completely unnecessary even for a match rifle and about as effective as getting your girl friend to dance naked around the rifle after every 3rd shot but nowhere near as much fun. Subsonic lead bullets do not smooth out the barrel or do anything else to "break in" the barrel. I do recommend cleaning the barrel before your 1st range trip but just to assure that there are no obstructions. What will make it shoot better is get the barrel good and dirty with 20-30 fouling rounds and then shoot the heck out of it. Repeat the fouling rounds after every barrel cleaning (roughly every 500-1500rd for match ammo) and you'll have a happy 22.

ZirconJohn
08-26-2012, 10:00 AM
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This THE definitive VID on how to properly break-in a rifle barrel...,

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shadow65
08-26-2012, 1:20 PM
Break in for a semi .22 is for the action, not the barrel