Breaking in a new barrel

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  1. RWilliams

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    I'll be collecting a new Winchester Extreme Weather 30-06 in a few days. I have a couple of questions:
    • Is it necessary to break in the barrel? I've never bothered before.
    • If so, what's the best method? I have thought about cleaning the bore with VFG super intensive pads before use, followed by a dry boresnake between each shot for 10 rounds.
    Sorry, I realise this is a bit of an open-ended question but I want to get the best from this rifle.
     

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    mark-hunter AH Enthusiast

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    Thanks, I'll have a read through that thread.
     

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    gillettehunter AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    Even benchrest shooters and gunsmiths don't agree on whether it's needed or even how to best do it.......

    Bruce
     
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    Take firearm to the range. Shoot said firearm to get zeroed. NEVER let firearm barrel get too hot to hold in your hand. When firearm is shooting where you want then stop if you want. This may take more than one trip to range especially depending on firearm or shooter. Said firearm barrel is now "broke in". When done clean said firearm if you feel like you need to or do not until 1) accuracy falls off, 2) 5-10 years or 3) you get the desire to do so.

    OR you can play one of many different silly games that are called "breaking in" that actually only give you the benefit of slowing down shooting so the barrel does not over heat and cooling the barrel with solvent and such so it does not over heat.

    Your choice
     
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    Thank you; I'll go with the first option and stop worrying about it.
     

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    Edge BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Fanatic

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    Exactly!

    I did the one shot and clean, 2 shots and clean etc etc exactly one time, never again. I probably did more harm to the barrel cleaning it 20 times in one day than just shoot and clean when done or when the accuracy falls off. I shoot hundreds of rounds out of my 6.5 Creed without cleaning and can still hit a 9” plate at 900 yards.
     

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    There many schools of thought on break in and cleaning. Everyone has there own theory, barrel manufactures and champion bench rest shooters all have different techniques. New barrels need 100-150 rounds before velocity stabilizes just don’t get it too hot.

    Jay
     

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