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    Question about a new barrell

    I have a new Green Mountain barrel on the way. Any advice for shooting a new barrel? Any break-in suggestions?
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    clean out all the machining oils thoroughly. then commence with patch roundball. Patches will likely come out shredded. over time the shredding will stop. use a good patch lube....like t/c bore butter. I swab between every shot. Some don't.

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    I stopped using bore butter as in my experience it seasons or leaves a deposit that I personally think makes clean up harder than needed. I just use mink oil, a 5.00 tin will last the rest of your life

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    Before even installing, polish the beejeebers out of the bore with a tight patch and polishing compound. It will save a couple hundred rounds of breaking it in.
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    +1 w/ waksupi. Tight patch, Flitz, polishing compound, or some other fine abrasive and hundreds of FULL LENGTH passes. You'll be happier in the long run. Future clean ups will be easier, too.

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    I have several GM barrels, all I had to do to them, was clean the oil and grease out and start shooting them!

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    J B bore paste the heck out of it working from the breech before install then just shoot it.

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    I use Clover on my patches for the first ten patches. Works real well for me.

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    I'd clean it good first. Then shoot and look at the patches. If they look 'torn up' then polish it.

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    I contacted Green Mountain about their black powder barrels and they said there is no break-in procedure. They said to shoot 5 shots and clean between shots. It's your barrel, do what you want....just saying
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    On new barrels I just start shooting them. Some barrels will take 100 shots before they settle down and start shooting good, other shoot good from the start. When I rifle a barrel here I take a few passes with 4/0 steel wool to get all the burs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post
    On new barrels I just start shooting them. Some barrels will take 100 shots before they settle down and start shooting good, other shoot good from the start. When I rifle a barrel here I take a few passes with 4/0 steel wool to get all the burs out.
    My experience also. I have tried the shoot-clean-shoot-clean regimen and can see no worthy results. Keep shooting a new barrel, and they seem to get better as the rounds add up. It will all take care of its self.
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    What ever you do... make sure you clean it out first.

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    RJ:
    Clean it and use spit for patch lube, just keep shootin and spittin!
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    Clean all the grease out then start shooting it. I've never done anything to the bores of the rifles I own prior to shooting except clean them.
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