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Old 12-21-2011, 11:52 PM   #21
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I've been old...I mean lazy. Usually wait till about 1000 rounds before cleaning mine. I used to clean them after every trip out but.......Old...I mean Lazy...I think....

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My BP guns get cleaned right away, always. My regular stuff I might go a day or so after a range outing, but never more than two or three days.

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You have it! After every time you shoot it or them. In addition I also clean and lube all my weapons every 6 months despite the fact I have not shot them. And then back in the safe! *Except the ones I " keep close"!
Moral of the story, good weapons cost money and should be taken care of. And also for sure those that your life or your families life might depend upon!

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I always do - but I can tell you that there are alot of folks out there who do not. I know some of them.
And I'm not just talking .22's either but all their guns. From semi-auto pistols to AR's...
They may run a bore snake down the barrel but they talk about field stripping and "cleaning" with solvent like once every few years.
These folks laugh at the likes of us too.

To me part of the enjoyment of owning a firearm is to disassemble and clean it. I do so every single time that I shoot. It is enjoyable and relaxing to me.
Absolutely. I enjoy disassembling my firearms when cleaning them. I put on some music and take my time. It really is relaxing to do this. I like knowing my guns are clean and lubed when I get them out for some shooting. Just hosing them down with oil, as some do, just doesn't cut it.
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I agree. However in other, unamed, forums there are people who see things a bit differently.
Those who don't clean their .22s until they have functional issues are the ones who baffle me. I've never understood why a .22 would be considered less worthy of proper upkeep.
On a .22, the barrel is cleaned only when precision drops off...the action - after every range visit/hunting trip.
Mostly because a dirty barrel fires more precisly than a clean one...usually takes about 20 rds to get it fouled right.

If you live in Humid areas...the barrel does have to be cleaned more often so rust doesn't develop.

Of course, Most of my .22's are tight-tolerance High Standards & Calicos, so they require being treated like an AR15...
which means action cleaning after every range visit/hunting trip.
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Well, I realize that "soft" can also be abrasive. But, can't convince myself that you can force copper jacketed bullets through a barrel, under heat & pressure 50+ times in a range trip, but running a brass brush through it a couple of times is what will wear it out.

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Well, I realize that "soft" can also be abrasive. But, can't convince myself that you can force copper jacketed bullets through a barrel, under heat & pressure 50+ times in a range trip, but running a brass brush through it a couple of times is what will wear it out.
I agree. I just don't see how it could be possible.
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How often to clean pistols? Id say it depends on many factors how often its gets shot, what ammo used, atmospheric conditions, method of carry and how often its handled. Bottom line probably much more often than I clean mine.

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Also, it is important to remember that guns are made of metal/steel/aluminum. The first two rust. The last oxidizes. All are reactions from contact with air. That's right it happens all by itself. Even the new "plastic" guns have metal barrels, trigger groups and other internals where oxidation or rust could build up and interfere with the weapon's operation.

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Two dissimilar metals ,contacting each other, create a minute electrical charge. This current creates heat, which speeds up the rust/corrosion process. This might be why rust seems to start around bolts and other connectors.

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This thread makes me feel bad.

It seems I've fallen victim to advice that cleaning after every firing isn't needed on other forums and YouTube videos.

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