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Sorry if there has already been a post about this but I bought my first rifle and am not really sure how to "break it in". Any help would be great. Thanks
 

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Here's the way I break mine in: I fire 10 shots through the new rifle, cleanng the barrel after EVERY shot. Then I shoot 3 rounds and clean; I do this about 3 times.
 

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Found this on the Remington website a while back, and thought I'd share (again)
<and have to point out that it wants to direct you to a Savage website>

Barrel Break-in Procedure
From Savage Arms http://www.savagearms.com/cs_barrel.htm
Q. What is the barrel break-in procedure?
A. Although there may be different schools of thought on barrel break-in, this is what Precision Shooting Magazine recommends:
STEP 1 (repeated 10 times)
• Fire one round
• Push wet patches soaked with a powder solvent through the bore
• Push a brush through the bore (5 times in each direction)
• Push dry patches through the bore (2 times)
• Push wet patches soaked with a copper solvent through the bore
• Push a brush through the bore (5 times in each direction)
• Push dry patches through the bore (2 times)
• Push a patch with 2 drops of oil through the bore
STEP 2 (repeated 5 times)
• Fire a 3 shot group
• Repeat the cleaning procedure from STEP 1 after each group
STEP 3 (repeat 5 times)
• Fire a 5 shot group
• Repeat the cleaning procedure from STEP 1
They recommend the use of a patch with 2 drops of oil after the cleaning so that you are not shooting with a dry bore. It is also advisable to use a powder solvent and copper solvent from the same manufacturer to be sure they are chemically compatible.

Hope this helps.

p.s. Here's the "new" URL from Savage --
Savage Arms > Firearms > Maintenance and Procedures > Barrel Break-In
<even they state that their info is from Precision Shooting Magazine>
 
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its a good question. i've heard of several ways, the ones above being some of them.
i do one round clean, two rounds clean, three rounds clean, four rounds clean, to ten.
 

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Rifle break in

I have done the shoot one clean, shoot two clean, shoot three clean,etc method also and it worked great. The one thing that I have been told is a real no no is overheating a new barrel. Most methods I have read about all force you to only fire a few rounds so that the barrel never does get hot as it breaks in.

Karl
 

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When I purchased my Marlin XL7-25-06 I used the break in process outlined above. I went one step further. After cleaning out the oils in the bore take JB's Bore Paste and mix it with Hoppes #9 to create a messy clay like consistency and bore lap your barrel with 100 strokes. This helps smooth out some of the tooling marks.

Well her I am a few years later. I have since purchased additional used rifles. I must assume that the owners prior to me did not break these guns in. These guns foul up 2-3 times quicker than my Marlin. My conclusion is the process makes a difference. Some high end rifles are bore/fire lapped out of the factory where a break in process is not required.
 
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