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Hello, I'm new to the platform and this forum. I purchased a Springfield SOCOM CQB a couple months ago and am embarrassed to share I have not made the time to shoot it yet. I will be taking it out soon. My question is, do I need to break in the barrel on the rifle? I've received conflicting advice on this. I would welcome some authoritative comments. Thx
It is impossible to quantify or verify that breaking in a particular barrel works or helps or whatever. If it shoots great after break in cool, it may have anyway without breaking it in. No way to prove it worked on an individual barrel because you have nothing to compare to with one barrel. Having said that I have gone thru various methods of it myself but again, no way to prove if it helped, or not. And yes, I know its about smoothing the burrs, nicks and imperfections of the bore, but just shooting it may yield the same result, or not.
I haven't broken any oh mine in. If it hits where I'm aiming good to go!
Yeppers, same here. Quite a long while back I had every intention of doing the 'proper break-in procedure' on a newly purchased rifle, made it to the third round of cleaning and threw my cleaning rod back into the truck ... didn't take me long to decide that two hours of cleaning for twenty minutes of shooting wansn't my idea of fun at the range.
Building a quality rifle to be used for Long Range match shooting, Palma Matches, etc. and having spent additional money for a premium barrel it only makes sense to follow the mfg.'s suggestions on breaking in the barrel. On such occasions for break in I do similar to what was mentioned above, shoot, clean for 15 shots. Not really aiming at a particular target, just shoot and clean then shoot 5 shots in a row aiming at target to check for accuracy and do that 3 times for another 15 shots, total of 30. As for the cleaning process do not use a brush, just 3 wet patches of common Hoppes No.9 leave the solvent in the bore for some minutes before dry patching the bore. Using the solvent is a chemical method of cleaning and you have to allow for time so the chemical process takes place, does not happen in a few seconds. Using a brush is a mechanical method of cleaning the bore and more aggressive than I care to do, but that is just me. If during the break in period of shooting and cleaning I detect blue, signs of copper fouling, in the bore I will use JB bore compound to burnish the bore some and that step usually makes that problem go away. Shooters today have available to them barrels of higher quality than any in the past I would say and that is a good thing.
Welcome...when I asked this same break in question several years back and added the word accuracy some one said look up...David Tubb's Final Finish System ($40). The .308 kits consist of 75 Sierra 190-grain bullets impregnated with an abrasive compound. The advertising promises that by firing them in sequence "you will soon be experiencing better accuracy, greatly reduced fouling, and much easier cleanup." And it would serve as a break in. ...