View Full Version : barrel break in procedure with a colt match target competition ?

January 6, 2013, 03:59 PM
Is there a particular procedure for breaking in a barrel ? If there is would it be the same for same for all chromoly barrels ?

January 6, 2013, 04:29 PM
Yeah, its called sighting in the rifle.

January 6, 2013, 04:51 PM
I'm not an expert on this topic, but I recently did a lot of reading on the topic. You'll find 2 schools of thought:

1. "The break-in totally works, and will put you sub-MOA. I can tell a definite difference."

2. "The break-in is a ploy designed by the gun manufactures to wear out your gun faster. I did a break-in once and noticed nothing special."

You can read for hours, and that is about all the more you'll find. Some people try to make it more than that and dedicate whole webpages to the topic. I ended up deciding on not doing a clean-after-every-shot break-in after I came across an article written by Gale McMillan. Did I come to the right conclusion? I don't know, but for my purposes it probably won't make a huge difference.

January 6, 2013, 05:11 PM
nothing at all, just clean out the factory grease etc, lube it and go shoot it ?

January 6, 2013, 06:19 PM
That's about it. I swab it, I want to make sure there is no oil or grease in the barrel, then I sight it in.

If you're shooting competition, I'd recommend shooting a practice course, I didn't when I first got my Service Rifle White Oak upper. I loaded my long range ammo per the book instead of per the gun. Went to a match where we started shooting at the 1000 yard.

The Sierra Manual said to load 80 SMKs with an overall length of 2.550. Ok I did that, then went to the 1000 yard line and started shooting. About the fourth round I got a wind change after chambering the round. I decided to wait it out so I ejected the case, and left the bullet in the chamber.

Being use to a M1A I never took a cleaning rod to the line and no one else had one. I had to wait for a pit change to get to my truck and find a cleaning rod so I could finish the match. I got off two sighter's and one shot for record and 19 saved rounds or misses.

Check you ammo, sight in your gun, and your rifle is broke in, plus you'll know if your ammo fits.

January 6, 2013, 06:21 PM
You don't break in a chrome lined barrel. Its a waste of time and ammo.

January 8, 2013, 11:03 AM
Maybe his Colt doesn't have a chrome-lined barrel?