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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 08-11-2012, 03:30 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Yunus
Do you ever go shooting and then not clean your guns afterwards?

For the most part I'm good about cleaning same day but sometimes I do forget and get to them within the next couple days. I do have 1 or 2 guns that I rarely clean though, their only purpose is plinking and I am a lazy person.
I never skip cleaning especially after shooting but I was a rifleman in the marine corps so it was beat into me. I also inspect all my weapons at least once a month and will give them a quick cleaning without field stripping every three months if they have just been sitting to keep dust off them.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:25 AM   #22
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The guns that I have put the corrosive stuff through get cleaned within 24 hours of being shot (usually, either immediately after, or a few hours after being shot). The guns that use noncorrosive ammo can wait a couple days if needed. I usually clean them right after shooting though.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:07 AM   #23
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First thing I do when I get home. If I only fired a single shot out of my shotgun then ill still wipe it down an get in the reciever a bit.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:13 PM   #24
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Every one of my rifles and one of my pistols are dirty right now; but I clean them religiously.

I take one shot a day; so I'll not clean until a set number of shots. I may clean a firearm sooner if it gets wet or whatnot.

Even though I don't clean after each range session, I probably clean more than most when it comes to the number of shots vs cleaning sessions.
...nuff said.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:55 PM   #25
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I wish I was as dedicated as you all are but I must admit when I go to the range sometimes my guns sit a week or so before I get to them. I don't like cleaning my guns. I think it's because I get crazy about it and make it more work than it really is.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:58 PM   #26
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If it would be possibly the end of a hard day I might wait until the next day to clean and lube them but never longer. Usually I clean them when I get in from shooting!

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I might go a day or two, but never longer. There are times when I hit the range late at night on the way home and then when I get home, the kids, wife, dog, etc need immediate attention. Often I will get up very early and do it when the house is quiet. I love the early am when everyone else is still sleeping.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:52 AM   #28
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Guilty, but not lazy. I shoot maybe twice per week. If I get home late and will be back on the range in a day or three, I may just run a bore snake through.

It also depends on the gun. If I am shooting one of my cherished Colt revolvers with the nice bluing, I make sure it get's a good cleaning right away.

However, if its a new model plastic gun, I am sometimes more lax. Bore snake and then maybe back on the range with a strip every other time. I figure the new plastic things, while great guns, are disposables once the next generation comes out. Frankly, that is some of the appeal of the Glock, and similar pistols, ease of maintenance.
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