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    New barrel break in

    Hi SD
    Just about to get new 223 rifle, probably Howa Varmint.
    Howa recommend to follow their instructions regarding preparing the new barrel. I intend to do this but was curious as to opinions from you all whether it's actually required.
    Rav

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    factory barrel yes-custom barrel to a degree.a lot of shooters dont "break" in a custom barrel i do just for peace of mind with around 15-20 shots depending on the amount of copper showing on patches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravanelli View Post
    Hi SD
    Just about to get new 223 rifle, probably Howa Varmint.
    Howa recommend to follow their instructions regarding preparing the new barrel. I intend to do this but was curious as to opinions from you all whether it's actually required.
    Rav
    Howa does not recommend break in of their rifles. Legacy Sports writes that. You can pick a Howa owners manual to bits and never find a speck of break-in advice:

    Request Rejected

    Truth is that the rifle is clamped in a vise at the factory and a handful of cartridges are fired through it as fast as the employee can so he can get to lunch. He swipes the barrel with an oily patch and your rifle is tossed into the box.

    It's broke in already. Just shoot it.~Muir

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    FAO Muir........thanks for the quick reply. You are correct about Legacy. That's where I got my information.....
    So just crack on and use it straight out the box???
    Regards
    Rav

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravanelli View Post
    FAO Muir........thanks for the quick reply. You are correct about Legacy. That's where I got my information.....
    So just crack on and use it straight out the box???
    Regards
    Rav
    Do whatever you feel appropriate, however I would say can following the legacy break-in procedure do any harm?
    Other than in some opinions being a waste of time and ammo.

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    I bought a new Tikka 595. The advice I was given was to shoot a couple,pull a couple of patches through it,shoot a few more,pull a couple patches through it,shoot half dozen,pull a couple of patches it,shoot ten more patches,always pulling a dry patch through after.
    As previous guy said,can't do any harm.

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    And it won't do any harm at all but just realize that the Virginal Bride treatment is wasted on the Bar Girl. It's nice but someone has been there already. There is no evidence that the 'shoot in' specified by Legacy is beneficial. That said. I do believe in a good cleaning with solvents before any shooting commences. Beyond that, in my opinion, just shoot. But it's your rifle and if it makes you feel better about the gun, do it. Just realize that HOWA does not specify a break-in.~Muir

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    My first rifle arrived four days before my 50th Birthday trip to South Africa. I had two previous trips using "camp rifles".

    I too wondered about breaking in my "precious".

    A certain Chuck Hawks replied to my email and I followed his advice.

    "Hell, it's a hunting rifle, just go hunt and when it stops shooting straight then clean it"

    Stan
    Last edited by smullery; 14-12-2014 at 21:49. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravanelli View Post
    Hi SD
    Just about to get new 223 rifle, probably Howa Varmint.
    Howa recommend to follow their instructions regarding preparing the new barrel. I intend to do this but was curious as to opinions from you all whether it's actually required.
    Rav

    I'm far from being an expert on barrels, but unless your planning to shoot at the highest levels I don't think it will make a blind bit of difference to accuracy or barrel life whether you shoot it in or not.
    I think the main thing is not to fire long strings without allowing cooling time between.

    I'm now of the thinking that barrels are consumable items, when accuracy drops off replace it.
    I've yet to replace one and heaven knows how many bullets have gone down my .222
    Last edited by Cadex; 17-12-2014 at 06:52.

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    I think running in a barrel is not going to do anything - It's a piece of steel: It's a good one, or a bad one...

    Now, should you take your time familiarizing yourself with your new rifle and taking the time to zero it without getting it too hot, sure.

    Keep your rifle clean and maintained and don't worry about how often you run patches through it. I reckon its put in by the shooting industry to make us the punter buy more consumables...

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