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Do you skip cleaning your guns?

View Poll Results: Do you ever skip cleaning your guns
Never! I clean my guns more than I clean myself 16 42.11%
Occasionally but not intentionally 11 28.95%
Often but I do clean them once in a while 10 26.32%
I save money by avoiding those expensive cleaning supply costs 1 2.63%
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:09 AM   #11
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My carry guns I ALWAYS clean immediately. My rifles, though, especially my 22's, I don't always clean them after a range trip. No need, really, if I just fired 20-100 rounds or whatever. If I shot a brick that day, I think I'd be sure to clean 'em.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:39 AM   #12
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I never skip while cleanig my guns! You can put an eye out that way! Sorry, couldn't resist.....

My dad (a 22 year Marine) always told me, "Son, one day that weapon may be the only thing standing between you and an early death. Take care of it, and it will take care of you." I listened when he said that, and as a result every time I go to the range or I am hunting in less than perfect weather, the gun I use gets a thorough cleaning when I get home. My carry weapons get cleaned and inspected once a week wether I shoot them or not. Murphy's Law: "Whatever can go wrong will at the worst possible time." Keep the things that you can control under your control.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:50 AM   #13
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I try not to skip cleaning it on the same day unless i'm really busy. But for sure, damn sure, all my guns are cleaned before next session.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:37 AM   #14
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I clean my guns even when they are clean.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:04 PM   #15
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I selected "Often but I do clean them once in a while" and here's why....

I am lucky enough to have a range in my backyard. I shoot my guns frequently, but not like shooters that have to make a trip to the range. Range shooters tend to go through 100s of rounds in a session. I will shoot a mag or cylinder and put it up. After awhile I'll give it a good cleaning. I mostly shoot rimfires do to cost. I will run them until they start to misfeed. Then I blast them with brake cleaner, compressed air, a few passes with a bore snake, and a wipe down with break free clp.
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Old 08-08-2012, 03:43 PM   #16
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I hardly ever clean the barrels of my .22s, I never clean my shotgun slug barrels. I wipe them down with Kroil or Rem Oil everytime. Now rifles and pistol barrels I clean alot more depending on how many rounds I ran threw them. If its a new barrel I will clean them every 3 - 5 rounds for the first 30 or so to keep an eye on copper fouling, soon as it stops fouling its on!

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Old 08-08-2012, 04:03 PM   #17
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When I plan on shooting, I also plan on giving myself enough time afterward to clean and lubricate them. To me it's all part of it. About the only exception is when I would shoot Trap on Saturday, then Sporting clays on Sunday. I would then just relube everything after I finished shooting Saturday, then completely clean after Sundays shooting.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:22 PM   #18
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I clean after every range trip.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:14 AM   #19
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On my Ruger 10 22 I clean the barrel after each use. I clean the slid/bolt every other trip to the range. I disassemble and clean the trigger every 4 trips. CCI mini mags fire very clean. I don't like feeling that gritty feeling when pulling the bolt back.
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My guns never go back in the safe without being cleaned if they've had even a single shot. If not, they at least get a good rub down.
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