Ok, So, USED to be, when you bought a new gun or got an action fixed, SOP was to run a hundred rounds or so through it to break it in (and you as well to a lesser or greater degree).
That was ok back in the good old days when most ammo was less than 25 cents a pop. But at a buck a round today, that can get quite expensive.
The question now is, Is there an alternative that accomplishes the same goal at a much lower cost?
This also begs a second question: Practice. What’s the current fiscally responsible thinking here? (Read affordable)
On a lighter note, the other day I went to a local indoor range here in Saint Louis county to test a pistol I had just repaired. One of the range officers, a few of the regulars and I were shooting the breeze when this guy comes in. He checks in, goes out to his assigned stall, pulls out an AR and lets lose as fast as he could pull the trigger. He ran through three 30 round magazines in less than about a minute. He then packed up and checked out. He probably spent less than 10 minutes between check in and check out.
We knew the guy in the stall next to him and he brought out one of the casings - I guess he could see us all impressed like, because he said “Look at this”. It was a still hot 300 Blackout case. One of the guys said those 90 rounds were probably well over $100.
Besides the government, the only time I’ve ever seen anyone blow a hundred bucks in one go like that was at the Casino. We looked at each other and someone says “Drug Money” and we laughed because we were all thinking the same thing. Cause you know, the city of St. Louis Missouri was right next door so to speak.
BTW, the B-27 style target he left hanging looked like it had been hit with a dozen rounds of 00 buck from 25 yards even though the target was only about 10 yards away from the guy and his rifle. SMH. The things you see at the range these days.