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Old 12-12-2012, 01:45 AM   #1
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I use my Ruger Super Redhawk .44 Magnum for deer hunting. This year I shot one round, killed my deer and did not see another deer or shoot another shot. My question is this. Do I need to clean the gun after only one shot? I will put it away till next hunting season since this is the only use I have for this gun. My "smaller" revolvers and pistols get plenty of use and frequent cleaning but do I put more "wear" on the 44 mag by cleaning it since I only shoot one or two rounds per year.
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I would clean it if you are going to pack it away for that long. I wouldn't put a whole lot of effort into it. Maybe a few passes through the barrel and a light coat of oil



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I shoot my "main" revolver a lot.

My GP-100 sees about 500-600 rounds a month, unless its an "off" month.

I do clean it after every outing but with a stailess steel revolver thats msotly to make myself feel good and look at a nice clean revolver.

One day when I only shot 100 rds in a session and I knew I wouldnt go back for a couple weeks, I didnt clean it just wiped it w/ Gunzilla for looks and didnt feel guilty one bit.

I do keep the internals well oiled though...

Last time I cleaned the gun it had 500 rounds from a single session (sahred w/ a bud) mostly on cheap 38 spc ammo and it was filthy.
I spent almost an hour making it immaculate. hmmmm .. nice

I just LOVE looking at it now.. next to my bed.. all gleaming.... and shiny. .. yum. uhm... where where we?... yes... uhm cleaning well..

Now I dont want to get it dirty again ( Its so shiny! ) so will switch to shooting my blued revolvers more, since its easier to keep them looking clean

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I shoot my "main" revolver a lot.

My GP-100 sees about 500-600 rounds a month, unless its an "off" month.

I do clean it after every outing but with a stailess steel revolver thats msotly to make myself feel good and look at a nice clean revolver.

One day when I only shot 100 rds in a session and I knew I wouldnt go back for a couple weeks, I didnt clean it just wiped it w/ Gunzilla for looks and didnt feel guilty one bit.

I do keep the internals well oiled though...

Last time I cleaned the gun it had 500 rounds from a single session (sahred w/ a bud) mostly on cheap 38 spc ammo and it was filthy.
I spent almost an hour making it immaculate. hmmmm .. nice

I just LOVE looking at it now.. next to my bed.. all gleaming.... and shiny. .. yum. uhm... where where we?... yes... uhm cleaning well..

Now I dont want to get it dirty again ( Its so shiny! ) so will switch to shooting my blued revolvers more, since its easier to keep them looking clean
Don't forget to clean the chamber if shooting dirty .38 special, the crud rings can make it difficult to load the .357 rounds.
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even if i only shot one or two rounds a year, i would still clean it and oil it before storing away. just the way i was taught by my father.

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Don't forget to clean the chamber if shooting dirty .38 special, the crud rings can make it difficult to load the .357 rounds.
I hate those pesky "38 spc rings" as I call them to myself.
Ream them out with the copper brush several times and then with the cotton pad.

My least favorite part of clenaing revolvers trhose 6 chambers
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I would wipe the Redhawk down with a quality gun oil. Since you seldom shoot the gun I would put an oiled patch through the bore and cylinder. Rust pits in the cylinder are a PITA. If you store the Redhawk in a case a couple desiccant packs are great for preventing condensation.

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I would clean it. One shot may not hurt it. But being out and about will. I did the same a few years ago. I shot a deer with my 30-06 and did not clean it. After a few months I pulled it out and noticed some rust on the bolt.

I clean my more handled guns at least once a month no mater if I shoot them or not. (My AR and XD) my AR gets taken out the safe all the time so I try to wipe it down and lube it every so often. My XD is my carry gun so I keep it lubed and clean 24/7.

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Thanks everyone. Very helpful
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