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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 understand the basics for break-in. my only question is: when cleaning between shots are you using only a dry patch or are you using solvent then a dry patch or ?

I've got one I plan on breaking in this weekend so... :)
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