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Just bought a Tikka T3 tactical and a new heavy barrel upper for the ar. I was wondering how some of you break in the barrel if at all. Is there a difference. I searched and searched and came up with nothing conclusive.
 

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Nope. I did it on my first 700. For my second, I just went shooting and 3-4k rounds later it still shoots half inch groups.
 

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I just got a stainless barrel 10/22. I was looking at 10/22 info and the guy said to season it like :


1 shot - clean it

do it 10 times

10 shots - clean it

do it 10 times

20 shots - clean it

do it 5 times

and it would make it accurate. some say you don't need to do that but I did it. I am not sure if it would help or not. I figure it couldn't really hurt it.
 

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dry swab it first

like dirty Rod said I don't break in barrels any longer either

but
on a precision barrel

do NOT use a steel or wire brushes
do NOT scratch around in the barrel

always a full length stroke, never back out of the barrel
use wood or similar cleaning rod
 

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I've never heard of any break-in procedure that has been tested to improve a barrel. Just shoot it.
 

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For an AR:

1) Dry patch to remove any residue from manufacture
2) Fire one round, then clean
3) Repeat ten times
4) Collect sample of used cleaning fluid and patches, and send to lab for analysis
5) Fire ten rounds, then clean
6) Repeat ten times
7) Send out barrel for ultraviolet borescope inspection
8) Dry patch to remove any residue from inspection
9) Plug both ends of barrel and fill with $90-per-ounce NASA surplus atomic-bonding lubricant
10) Allow to marinate for one week in total darkness and less than 10% relative humidity
11) Drain barrel
12) Dry patch to remove residual lube
13) Fire one mag of Black Hills match-grade ammunition allowing one minute between shots to avoid thermal shock
14) Clean thoroughly and soak the last patch in Breakfree CLP

Congratulations--you've successfully broken in your barrel.

For the AK:

1) Put down the beer
2) Check the steaks on the grill and walk out to the firing line
3) Insert magazine
4) Do as many full-mag dumps as it takes to get the front handguard smoking
5) Wait until it's cool enough to handle again
6) Repeat step 4 after meal

Congratulations--you've successfully broken in your barrel.
 

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One of my favorite instructional videos on the subject ...


and then the special procedures for an AR

 

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For the AK:

4) Do as many full-mag dumps as it takes to get the front handguard smoking
5) Wait until it's cool enough to handle again
6) Repeat step 4

Congratulations--you've successfully broken in your barrel.
well I did these steps correctly.


I guess I need another one so I can follow all the steps and break it in properly.
 
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