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Old 11-09-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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What's your favorite way to break in a new hunting rifle? NOT a match grade bench rifle.
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:31 PM   #2
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uhhh....shoot it?
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:36 PM   #3
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Just go shoot it.
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:37 PM   #4
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Shoot 5-10 individual rounds cleaning after each
Shoot 5-10 3-shot groups cleaning after each
Shoot 3-5 5-shot groups cleaning after each

When cleaning I use:
1-3 Solvent patches
1-5 Copper Killer patches
1 Solvent patch
1-3 Dry patches
1 Oil patch
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:37 PM   #5
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Shoot a box. Clean it.

All done!!
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:38 PM   #6
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Did the “midway USA” breaking and can tell you it made no difference on my hunting rifle. Huge waste of time, go shoot it and have fun.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:16 PM   #7
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Same as a custom. Just go shoot it
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:27 PM   #8
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I like to rub it down with peanut oil and then run it on high for 30 mins. Oh wait, thats a new grill... nvm
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:35 PM   #9
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Each manufacturer has there own guidelines for their gun barrel, I usually follow what they recommend. For the most it’s similar as hat bolilloloco mentioned in post #4. After break in I rarely clean rifle barrels unless it’s shooting bad, my guns like to run dirty or it ain’t no gun of mine haha

It helps with a little bit better accuracy and longevity of the life of the barrel by smoothing out any mill marks and burrs within the barrel, it doesn’t just magically make your gun shoot great.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:37 PM   #10
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Shoot the **** thing
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:50 PM   #11
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agree with all the 'shoot and clean' posts.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:55 PM   #12
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Shoot a box. Clean it.

All done!!
Lol . Sounds like my way!
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:57 PM   #13
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I have experimented a few times with this, if there is a way to make a hunting rifle shoot better, I’m in. I found a website by speedy Gonzales, who is a benchrest shooter. Followed their guide and was impressed by the rifle after. I did not side by side compare with a rifle that I don’t follow instruction with. Of course this all depends on what you consider accurate!!! Do I want bullets touching at 100 yards with a hunting rifle, yes!! Most of my rifles shoot better than I do, so I want every inch. If you want to hit a paper plate at 100 yards, I wouldn’t consider that accurate. But it’s all in ones opinion, I don’t build rifles, I buy ones that are suitable for what I want, tikka and Sako, have not disappointed me on that. To make it simple, it was shoot and clean, a lot. I’ll see if I can find it again, but there is a science to it. http://www.benchrest.com/sgybreakin.htm
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:01 PM   #14
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One of the rifles results,

This is hornady 243 whitetail ammo at 100 yards, Iíll take this all day. My 30/06 tikka with hornady factory loads will shoot through the same hole at 100 on a good day for my shooting. Oh by the way, After a few hundred rounds of reloads trail and error, I found that hornady shoots as good as I do.


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Old 11-09-2018, 06:55 PM   #15
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Like so:
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:24 PM   #16
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In the old days I wonder if they cleaned them like guys today recommend? Probably not
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:24 PM   #17
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In the old days I wonder if they cleaned them like guys today recommend? Probably not
Old school was indeed shoot & clean...I used to follow it. Many years later, all the short range benchrest guys winning medals started saying it was a waste of time & the bbl is either going to win or it's not. The proof was with the wins.

One thing to remember is improper cleaning can hurt a bbl more than help...better have a good bore guide & not let the rod scrape the crown. I use the foam now & haven't used rods in years.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:40 PM   #18
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I just shoot em. I have a couple rifles I went through a break in period with. They aren't any more accurate than my others are. I am the weak link in accuracy for most of my guns. They can out shoot me any day of the week.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:00 AM   #19
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I use the foam now & haven't used rods in years.
I use foam as well but still use a rod to get it out of barrel, I must be missing something.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:42 AM   #20
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Break in seems to be one of those things you canít prove or disprove. I clean the gun then just shoot it. Iíll clean again when the groups start to open up.
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Old 11-10-2018, 09:55 AM   #21
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I use foam as well but still use a rod to get it out of barrel, I must be missing something.
I use a piece of weed whacker string to pull the patches. Burn one end till it starts to melt & tap out on a wet surface & sharpen the other end to a point to pierce the patch. Blunt melted end keeps it on.

You can keep one in your game bag & works great for emergencies if you ever plug the bbl...poke loose the debris & pull through the muzzle end & your hunt is still on. Just pull straight & not at an angle to keep the crown safe.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:03 AM   #22
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1 shot clean until copper fouling stops. On a custom lapped barrel this will be 5-8 cycles. Out of the box barrel 20 rounds or so. Do this with a patch only. Then do 3-4 round cycles with a bronze brush until color change is done. Clean the chamber each time. Don’t over heat. Once fouling is done and the barrel cleans easy, I would not clean but every 250-500 rounds. Maybe a chamber cleaning now and then. If you want to solve breakin or not argument call a barrel manufacturer.
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Old 11-10-2018, 12:02 PM   #23
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I use a piece of weed whacker string to pull the patches. Burn one end till it starts to melt & tap out on a wet surface & sharpen the other end to a point to pierce the patch. Blunt melted end keeps it on.

You can keep one in your game bag & works great for emergencies if you ever plug the bbl...poke loose the debris & pull through the muzzle end & your hunt is still on. Just pull straight & not at an angle to keep the crown safe.
I use those to clean 10/22 but I still need my rods for benchrest rifles. I like to keep carbon at bay and JB bore paste on weed whacker line doesn't work well. I'm pretty sure Tony Boyer hasn't quit cleaning........or winning.
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:02 PM   #24
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I use a piece of weed whacker string to pull the patches. Burn one end till it starts to melt & tap out on a wet surface & sharpen the other end to a point to pierce the patch. Blunt melted end keeps it on.

You can keep one in your game bag & works great for emergencies if you ever plug the bbl...poke loose the debris & pull through the muzzle end & your hunt is still on. Just pull straight & not at an angle to keep the crown safe.
Which foam are you using?
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:16 PM   #25
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I use a piece of weed whacker string to pull the patches. Burn one end till it starts to melt & tap out on a wet surface & sharpen the other end to a point to pierce the patch. Blunt melted end keeps it on.

You can keep one in your game bag & works great for emergencies if you ever plug the bbl...poke loose the debris & pull through the muzzle end & your hunt is still on. Just pull straight & not at an angle to keep the crown safe.
I started doing this after reading one of your previous posts on the subject. It works great. Thanks for the info. What foam do you use?
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:33 PM   #26
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I use the WipeOut Foam but do pull a couple of patches of their Wipeout Accelerator first...it really appears to assist the foam.
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Old 11-10-2018, 06:04 PM   #27
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Break in seems to be one of those things you canít prove or disprove. I clean the gun then just shoot it. Iíll clean again when the groups start to open up.
This pretty much sums up what I have been doing. Wouldn't think a dirty fouled barrel is going to make a huge difference on minute of deer at normal ranges.
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Old 11-10-2018, 11:53 PM   #28
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Whatever makes you feel good about the rifle is my answer here. I have a lot of custom guns and even more factory rifles. I have done the shoot, clean, shoot method and it is a waste of time IMO. If there is chatter and marking in the throat area you will always have to run more patches. That does not mean that rifle will not shoot, in fact it may shoot better with some fouling. I expect a match barrel with a properly cut chamber to clean about the same on 1-5 as 20-60 rounds. I have inspected all my bores with a bore scope. The ones that clean easy are that way from day one and you can see why. The ones that foul have chatter marks and you will see deposits of copper. However, some of those chattered factory barrels shoot very very well.

Sum it up, do not burn the barrel with heat cracks and just shoot it.
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