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HOW TO BREAK IN A NEW BARREL ON A AR?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Bigbaddude, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Getting ready to break in a new 16'' 1/9 DTI barrel. I have been all over the web and it seems like a lot of different way. I was thinking of shot and clean for the first 20 round then blaze away.
    What do you think should I break it in another way?
    Thanks for the help.
     
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  2. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I'd clean it, lube it, then shoot it like normal.

    I know there are people who do have a break-in ritual for new barrels/uppers, I'm just not one of those people.
     
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  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    IF your barrel has any burs and things like that the first few round will be the most important. The most common you will see is shoot 1 then clean for the first 3-5 rounds. After that shoot 3-5 rd groups (and you can sight in) cleaning after each 3-5 times.

    Here is a short article from a high end barrel maker and it talks about the importance of break in, Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels - Articles: Barrel Fouling

    For me it kinda depends on the gun what I do. For most guns I just go shoot. For anything I expect true accuracy out of I will follow a good break in procedure. When I had Lilja build me a custom .300 Whisper barrel that with machine time and gas block cost me $750 you can bet I followed the break in letter that came with it from Lilja. To do anything else would have been stupid.
     
  4. rayd8

    rayd8 Formerly Portland, now Alabama! Member

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    Clean and shoot.....If you want a somewhat well-known vendor's take on it:

    noveskerifleworks.com/impdf/barrelcare.pdf
     
  5. phathom

    phathom Vancouver, WA Member

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    Just my 2 cents. I built a DTI AR-15 with a 1/9 twist chrome lined barrel. Shot great the first time, cleaned it after about 150 rounds. Took it out the next time, same thing. Just cleaning it like normal, and it shot great, never had an issue with that AR-15 and put plenty of rounds through it.
     
  6. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    No break in needed, just point and shoot.
     
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    I agree, point and shoot. I would avoid any mag dumps for the first 100 rds or so.
     
  8. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks for the help.
    I am going to just point and shoot.
     
  9. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    There is no certain way and I did tests on my guns. And the results where the same. If it was a custom barrel that I paid nine hundred bucks for I would follow their directions but not many mass produced companies don't recommend break in periods. Clean and put five hundred rounds through it.........
     
  10. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    What he said. :thumbup:
     
  11. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    always love a happy ending
     
  12. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Most production AR barrels are chrome lined. Specialty barrels, especially the Stainless Steel barrels are not. If chrome lined you can't shoot it enough to "break it in".
     
  13. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    The only way to break in a new barrel (or gun) is to have the first rounds fired (usually a magazine or two) to be shot by a woman. And to for good luck to always follow this new gun, the woman doing the shooting must be topless. :D

    This is a ritual my wonderful wife :love: has kept up with on every one of my (or our) gun purchases.

    Trust me. This makes the Gun Gods very happy. Because I (or we) have had nothing but good luck with all of our guns that she broke in. :cool:

    Here are some further thoughts on breaking in a new gun:

    http://www.northwestfirearms.com/ri...-my-ars-how-i-got-them-how-i-decided-bcm.html

    Boy do I love watching the break-in process. :bananadance::banana:
     
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  14. Bigbaddude

    Bigbaddude West linn Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I will remember that for the next one. This one is broke in.
     
  15. joeroket

    joeroket Everett,Wa. Active Member

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    Just convince her that you bought a new barrel and it needs breaking in. :laugh:
     
  16. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    interesting... i think you should definitely post demonstrative photos, for clarity.
     
  17. kickstart my heart

    kickstart my heart South King County, WA Active Member

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    Been told by my gunsmith (who I trust as a friend and builds really high end rifles) that breaking in is pretty much bs. He says it's not necessary, and his theory is it's something the gun industry cooked up to sell more cleaning products.
     
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  18. ch139

    ch139 teh gehtoe Active Member

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    Why don't you call the barrel manufacturer and ask them?
     
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  19. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    I have been told (also by my gunsmith) pretty much the exact same thing. I guess if I spent a super lot of money from a super hi end barrel manufacture, I might, might, do it differently.
     
  20. moose

    moose northwet coast Well-Known Member

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    I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.