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Old 07-02-2013, 5:34 PM
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Is this necessary?

I have a Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .223

I have read it is, and it isn't, worth it to do a barrel break in procedure.
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I always "break in" my rifles and handguns. I personally feel it is worth while. It is time consuming but worth it (to me). I treat them like finely tuned machines and need to be treated as such.
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Is this necessary?

I have a Remington 700 SPS Tactical in .223

I have read it is, and it isn't, worth it to do a barrel break in procedure.
There are varying schools of thought on barrel break in. The short of it is with a OEM factory barrel/chamber there isn't much to "break in".

My advice (take it for what you will) is to clean the barrel good, shoot it to get is sighted in, etc. taking care not to shoot too much too quickly (important to not let the barrel get too hot). Then clean it good. Afterward the barrel will probably take a few rounds to shoot back in, but otherwise is now "broke in".

If it makes you feel better, you can do the one shot/clean, three shot/clean, etc... but I believe you run the greater risk of damaging your bore or throat by cleaning than by shooting bullets. Shoot more, clean less.....
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Old 07-05-2013, 1:31 PM
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Barrel break-in = Voodoo.

Great for barrel manufacturers and purveyors of cleaning supplies - not so great for the poor sap who's wasting time and components "breaking-in" a brand new barrel. I haven't broken in a barrel in over 20 years and I've never seen any difference between those that have been "broken-in" and those that haven't.
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Can I tag along on this thread?

Brand new Sig 716 Patrol, and I'm curious about break-in as well. Sig does not specify a procedure. The 716 has a chrome-lined bore and chamber.

As for ammo, I'm wondering if I should stick to (lower-pressure) 7.62 for the first 20 rounds or so? Or would running .308 be preferable?


Thanks in advance for any opinions/info...


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Old 07-22-2013, 12:23 PM
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How about a snake after each of the first ten rounds in a 700, 7 mag?
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break it in by shooting it. Get some of that copper running through the pipe and it'll shoot really well.
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Step one- Stop worrying about what "proper break-in procedure" is
Step two- Shoot the damn rifle
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Can I tag along on this thread?

Brand new Sig 716 Patrol, and I'm curious about break-in as well. Sig does not specify a procedure. The 716 has a chrome-lined bore and chamber.
Chrome lining stops the kind of wear that a break-in procedure is trying to do to a barrel.
There will be no benefit to any type of break- in procedure on a chrome lined barrel.
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Sounds good y'all. I'll just go shoot the dang gun!
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IMO, barrel break-in seems to be more important in standard barrels (as opposed to match grade barrels). Most match grade barrel makers (shilen, er shaw, etc.) hand lap every inch of the barrel and don't suggest much, if any break in. On the other hand, regular barrels are mass produced and certainly have more flaws to them and can benefit from a moderate break in. Supposedly breaking in fills void and smooths rough edges.
With that said, being that it is not a match grade barrel why break it in at all?
Personally I do a 10 round break in...shoot, clean, shoot, clean, etc...
Will it help? Who knows. But I sleep better at night.
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Per the SWAT ninja/ range master that taught our patrol rifle class; if you don't break it in it by shooting a round, letting it cool, shooting a round and repeating for about 20 or so rounds, and you start shooting say 20 rounds and letting it heat up, it will jack it all up inside by ruining the bores and the metal and wont be as accurate
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Per the SWAT ninja/ range master that taught our patrol rifle class; if you don't break it in it by shooting a round, letting it cool, shooting a round and repeating for about 20 or so rounds, and you start shooting say 20 rounds and letting it heat up, it will jack it all up inside by ruining the bores and the metal and wont be as accurate
Pure bs.
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I say do what you want. Nay-sayers or not...a break-in procedure certainly doesnt hurt the firearm.
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DPMS LR-308 break in was a bit*h! Took 4 hours and about 100 rounds if I remember correctly. But it's the only long range rifle I have so why not? Used a bore snake.

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I guess if you have nothing better to do and if it makes you feel good then do it.
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While I have Never done this . You could give it a try
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Well this is a first for me. Never gave 'barrel break-in' any thought.
You will fire the rifle many many times and after reading each manual that has ever come with every gun I own, I see no reference to breaking in a gun, other than perhaps the idea the sear of a trigger will get smoother over time.

I would just say, clean the new rifle, run a lube patch through the barrel and proceed to shoot.
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