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"Breaking in" a barrel: BS or worth effort?

Posted By: Tallahasseean
Date: 7/7/20 02:44

I have a new .308 rifle with a stainless steel barrel, sort of a lower end basic barrel i.e. not a match or precision barrel, and I am wondering whether I ought to take the time and hassle of "breaking it in." I researched it some and there seems to be two equal camps, one saying it's worthwhile and it matters, another saying it's pure myth and nonsense. I just wondered whether anyone here had any actual experience of doing that and whether it appeared to make any difference. By "breaking in" I am referring to completely cleaning the barrel, firing one shot, letting it cool, wiping with copper solvent and waiting five minutes, scrubbing with a bore brush, cleaning with bore solvent again and drying, and repeating that process five (some say 10) times. And then repeating that process another five times except firing two shots instead of one. So we're talking about a good bit of fussing around at the range doing that. The advocates of this say it helps knock down and smooth out the tiny imperfections in the bore and makes it a lot easier to clean from then on, if not also making it a little more accurate, and if you don't do that when the barrel is new, copper residue will essentially be permanently embedded in the bore, making it always hard or impossible to get totally clean afterwards and be not as accurate.

What says the hive?

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