With a quality barrel like a new Rice - I would certainly expect it to shoot well right out of the gate...View attachment 18799 A decent barrel should not need to be polished. Maybe an old one, but not a new one. Just can't see telling a client that you have to fire a couple of hundred rounds before a barrel will shoot well.
A new barrel,should be ready to shoot as new, or it gets sent back.
First 7 shots it of a new Rice barrel.
Some "swab" the bore with a tight-fitting patch and valve grinding compound, polishes and smoothes out the metal. Must be done with care, not over-doing it. Maybe someone else can comment on this.Greetings
Do folks like to polish newly machined bores by simply shooting them in? Or is there another process to smooth machining marks down.
Pete Davis in Virginia
Mike Belleview (sp?) mentioned doing this to his GPR in one of his youtube videos. It seemed to help in that instance. I'd also bet that if Don Getz recommended it, one would be safe to give it a try.Spoke with Don Getz (Getz Barrel) years ago and he recommended using the green (600 grit) Scotch-Brite for smoothing up barrels that were cutting patches. Said it wouldn’t hurt the barrel.
My GPR Lyman .54 Perc. had very sharp rifling edges. I used valve grinding compound and a tight patch/was to smooth out.With a quality barrel like a new Rice - I would certainly expect it to shoot well right out of the gate...
With high count production barrels, probably not so much, gonna need breaking in.
Even the high end PRS barrel I bought from Lilja came with a recommended first shots clean and shoot recommendation.
Mind you, it shot .5 MOA from the first shot, but still came with a break in routine recommendation to keep it that way.
Not everyone is fortunate enough or has deep enough pockets to buy top end equipment on the first round.
My Great plains (Lyman) took some time and several trips to get settled down. That is a good example of a high production barrel, they simply can't do a high polish and make ready on the barrels at the price point they sell them at.
The Scotch Brite thing sounds good. Never would have thought of that. Thanks.Mike Belleview (sp?) mentioned doing this to his GPR in one of his youtube videos. It seemed to help in that instance. I'd also bet that if Don Getz recommended it, one would be safe to give it a try.
I do agree, though, that the shooting it until it's smooth is more fun.
Ha! Very good! Best regards!Never ceases to amaze me how some proportion a measure of god like status to their barrels as if they were possessed by the spirit of rifling and any messing with said spirit will invite doom and despair not only on them but the second and third generation too! Lol.