How to Break-in a Howa Rifle Procedure
To not break-in a Howa rifle is like buying a brand new car and revving the engine excessively, not the best idea! If you break-in a Howa rifle correctly, it can not only help improve the overall accuracy but also makes it easier to clean.
It’s recommended that you use copper jacketed factory ammo for the first 10 rounds. Clean the oil and powder residue out of the barrel before each shot using a commercial bore cleaner with an ammonia content. After firing each cartridge, use a good bore cleaner to remove fouling from the rifle barrel using only a soaked patch. Do not use anything with an abrasive in it as you are trying to seal the barrel and not keep it agitated.
For the first 10 shots, you should clean the barrel and let it cool between each round fired using a patch and rod only. Following the initial 10 shots, you may then shoot 2 rounds, again cleaning between each pair of shots. This will insure that the burnishing process has been completed. In theory, you are closing the pores of the barrel metal that have been opened and exposed due to the manufacturing process.
To keep the temperature cool in a rifle barrel, it’s generally recommended during the Howa Rifle Break-in Procedure that you wait at least 5 minutes between break-in shots as the barrel must remain cool during the procedure. If the barrel is allowed to heat up during the break-in process, it will impede the steel’s ability to develop memory or a home registration point. It will have a tendency to make the barrel “walk” or “climb” when it heats up in the future. If you take a little time in the beginning and do it correctly, you will be much more pleased with the performance of your barrel in the future. For more information you can visit Legacy Sports and read more about the Howa Rifle Recommended Break-In Procedure.