Barrel break inPosted by leadtag on July 22, 2015 at 12:17 am
Sorry I know this dead horse has been beaten many a time, since I know Tikkas tend to be a different animals in the accuracy department from other makes:) what's your take on the importance of this? If needed at all?Thanks
MemberJuly 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm1 Bullseye
If you ask 10 shooters you will get 10 different answers on this subject. My view, for what it is worth, is that barrel break in is important to help smooth any small imperfections and tooling marks (as much as is possible anyway) and to lay down some copper fouling until the barrel reaches equilibrium and is shooting consistently. I also think that reasonably regular polish of the throat to slow erosion is worth doing as it will improve barrel life and maintain consistency. I like the routine described by Nathan Foster on the Terminal Ballistic Research website in New Zealand. In fact, I like a lot of the stuff he writes, including how to correctly hold a rifle when firing, but that's a whole different kettle of fish.
MemberJuly 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm1 Bullseye
Interesting read. He's got a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
MemberJuly 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm21 Bullseyes
I will look at Foster's writing with interest!
MemberJuly 27, 2015 at 1:29 am105 Bullseyes
J gives some great information…everybody has a routine they have either read about or been grandfathered, some are good, some are bad. Not all barrels are equal or the same so its important to know whats happening and what to look for during barrel break in… and not just copy some planned routine someone as told you about…
I've talked to Nathan Foster on occasion on other topics and he's given me some really good data on 208 amax loading for my 300wsm, a great guy to talk to and a really good shot. He's an artist when it comes to rifle bedding and his kits for bedding & stabilizing stocks are awesome. I just recently used his bedding kit on a B&C stock that I'm using on 300wsm action for a moose hunting gun. His Stabilizing kits work really well for adding weight to Tikka synthetic stocks and for increasing stability…also great for rebuilding stock Tikka mags for longer COAL…
MemberAugust 1, 2015 at 9:27 pm1 Bullseye
Thanks everyone for the input , I will read those articles as well.
MemberAugust 25, 2015 at 3:56 pm1 Bullseye
Awesome info On The 300WSM mags?
MemberAugust 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm1 Bullseye
My first post. Been thinking about Tikkas for years. Wanted to buy a varmint in .243 several years ago, (pre-T3) but discovered that .243s weren't imported, so wound up with a pretty decent Remmy 700 VLS.
At any rate, I've done a lot of shooting…just not with a Tikka yet. I ordered the .223 Varmint a few days a go from Bud's and it'll be here soon.
I'd defer to the late Gale McMillan, whose barrels hold benchrest world records. Ol' Gale said that barrel break-in was silliness. If it only serves as a placebo to the shooter, then the only harm that's done is that you've probably decreased the barrel life marginally. 😀
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