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PostSubject: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 8:47 am

Is there a process to "breaking-in" a barrel on a new muzzleloader, or just load and shoot like normal?
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 9:36 am

I use Remington 40x or JB bore paste on several patches for a new barrel with ~ 35 strokes before shooting it.
However, most of my muzzleloaders have been acquired used. On those with some pitting or roughness, I may use more than 100 strokes, if necessary.

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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 12:05 pm

Can someone explain what Remington 40x or JB Bore Paste does?
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 12:10 pm

Polishes the bore. The same thing shooting the gun does.

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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 12:26 pm

yep polishes the bore but does it faster as its slightly abrasive. Its a good way to knock down anything thats unseen by the naked eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 2:40 pm

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yep polishes the bore but does it faster as its slightly abrasive. Its a good way to knock down anything thats unseen by the naked eye.

So you run that stuff down it 35 or so times and its kinda like you just shot it 100 times?
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 2:42 pm

Except you didn't get to shoot.

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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 2:46 pm

With my lube, it works best if you shoot it with a patched round ball. You can do it by hand but its a lot of work and doesnt do nearly as good IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 2:55 pm

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Except you didn't get to shoot.

Right.  

Im confused though.  Are you saying since it does the same thing as shooting your gun, just shoot your gun instead?
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 3:00 pm

Yes, you have that choice. All the other methods just speed up the shooting process.

What gun do you have?

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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 3:25 pm

Muley wrote:
Yes, you have that choice. All the other methods just speed up the shooting process.

What gun do you have?

It will be a Remington Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader. 

I wasn't sure if just shooting it over and over was the best way to break it in, or if there was a certain process of maybe shooting it once then cleaning it, then shooting it a few times then cleaning it, like I have seen suggested for breaking in rifle barrels.
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 3:33 pm

with the remington, you most likely will be better off lapping the barrel. Theyve had some issues with the bores being rough in those guns. Im not sure if they corrected it though.
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 3:36 pm

To be honest. I don't know much about that gun, or the condition the barrels come in. The method you mention certainly works for the CF Rem 700.

If it was mine i'd look at the bore real close and see how smooth it is when you get it. Then go from there.

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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 3:42 pm

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with the remington, you most likely will be better off lapping the barrel. Theyve had some issues with the bores being rough in those guns. Im not sure if they corrected it though.

?? Is that something I can do myself, or something that a gunsmith needs to do? 

Sorry, I'm not much of a "gun guy"..
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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 4:34 pm

He's talking about what is described in the 2nd post of this thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Barrel Break-In?   January 15th 2016, 7:26 pm

Cleaning it REALLY well is your first step with any new gun. The verdict is still out on the new Rem's... kinda been all over the board initially, and I haven't heard much on them at all in a while. Not sure what advice to give you on that. If it was mine, I'd probably clean it good and look it over real well. Maybe shoot it and see how it does, and possibly and JB it if I felt it needed it.
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