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Preferable way to break in a new barrel?

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Having talked to my freind about barrel break in, I have come to the conclusion that it has a fairly significant role in the performace of the barrel for the rest of it's life. Is this so? The process that I have always adhered to, is fire the first shot, swab the barrel. Do this 20 times. Shoot 5 shots, swab the barrel, do this 10 times. Shoot 10 rounds, swab the barrel, do this also 10 times.
Labor intensive as this may sound, I have never had any problems or grudges about it. In fact, my stock .22 which was broken in this way, shoots much more consistent groups than my friends stock .22, which he just started lighting ammo up through.
I have heard of fire lapping, what exactly does it do? Benifits? Drawbacks? Process? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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I started breaking in my barrel earlier this week.I shot 2 then cleaned for 10 rounds then shot 5 and cleaned for 25 rounds then 10 and cleaned for 50 rounds and that is as far as I got but it seemed to be helping here is a pic of the target that I used on the 10 round groups and the groups started coming together better each time I cleaned it the last 10 round group measured around 7/8" @50yrds so I was pleased with it since it has had less than 100 rounds through it...

I am not sure about 3 &4 they might be backwards I have slept since then :D
hope this helps

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