I recently purchased a new Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag and I've heard a million ways to properly break in the barrel. Shoot 1 shot, swab the barrel then shoot another, etc. Any suggestions on how to properly break in/season a new rifle barrel?
I do it with a box of shells. I usually reload so I just buy a factory box of the cheapest shell I can get my hands on. I usually fire one shot, then clean the barrel after each shot for the first 4 rounds. Then I fire two rounds and clean it after each two shots for the next 6 rounds. Then I fire two strings of 3 shots and clean after each 3 shot string. Then I finally fire a four round string and clean it good before I head home. I don't think that there is a true exact science to it, but this works well for me and ultimately gets the job done in one box of shells. Hope this works out for you and good luck!
I've heard many way's and reasons for new break in. The whole point is to take the edge off of riflein??? Most good barrels (quality) are just about as clean as can be. I do a dry patch after 1st. shot. Then again after 5 shots. Don;t know why I do it this way just me I guess. I've talked to many guy's about this and everyone has a different way. The best advice I think I got was 1- shoot 2- shoot 3- shoot....later
I'm not an advocate of the "break-in" procedure. Simply clean the bore and then sight the rifle in and clean it. Shoot some more the next time at the range and clean it...after a few range sessions your rifle will be "broken-in" without all the muss and fuss. I often wonder how we (and our barrels) ever survived the "dark ages" before all this high tech barrel break-in process was deemed essential.
Your right. My new factory rifles went to the range sight in then shoot a group and clean at home. My 2 customs I did as I said above. Most new barrels settle into nice groups after about 50=100 rounds imo. It's the ol sayen Don't fix somethin that anit broke. Over thinkin!!! Just Shoot. Greatmines think alike....later
Even custom barrel makers can't agree on the "proper" break in procedure. For the most part its merely speculative and there is no real way to know if a break in routine affected a barrel positively or negatively. Anymore I don't bother with it.
If you take a little care to properly break in your barrel, you will have many years and thousands of rounds of accurate shooting and easy maintenance, treat your rifle like you do your most valued tool as one day it might be.
And to compare the quality of machining on a custom barrel to that of your typical factory barrel is like comparing Honda cars to Corvettes!
Really is shooting and cleaning your new rifle that big a burden.