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Old 12-22-2010, 06:29 PM   #11
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I have this odd disorder: I cannot sleep if I haven't done my due diligence and cleaned my guns after firing, even rimfires.
Me too, except that's about to change with my .22s.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:48 PM   #12
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There are many makes of copper plated .22lr bullets, CCI Mini-Mags, for example. I have not experienced much fouling from .22lr bullets, maybe because they are so small...I dunno. Plus, there is very little powder in those teeny cases.

Most of the manuals I've seen from .22lrs say to just run a patch with a small bit of solvent and then a dry patch. The higher end barrel mfrs will void the warranty if a brush has been used.

So, I'm with Tango and others and don't be anal about your .22lr barrel. I bet if you see the same guys that only use a bore snake shooting a .308 for example, they will break out the whole cleaning gear for those. Pucker up and don't be so anal with your .22lr rifle.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:10 PM   #13
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Yeah, I was wondering about the copper-jacketed bullets like the Velocitors....but I wouldn't be shooting those in my target 10/22. Just lead.

And you're right.....I never used a brush on a .22, even as a kid. Always just a patch with Hoppes, dry patches, then a patch with a little oil.
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Man I've left 22's forever and not done much more than a bore snake. And I'm taking well over a couple thousand rounds. And even then you wont see much come out of them. My AMT wont even shoot right until I get some dirt in it if I've cleaned it out. I'm pretty big on cleaning and maintenance but rimfires just don't need it.
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They are more of a copper wash that is done to them.

Don't even get me started on bore snakes.
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What is your opinion on Boresnakes Tango? I fused for a quick clean say 150 rounds into a 300 round weekend?
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I've got .22's that haven't been cleaned in years. My Henry Golden Boy has never been cleaned. When they quit working or accuracy falls off I'll clean them.
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I picked up an older 10/22 and could not get it to shoot well. I finally took a brush and #9 to it and scrubed the bore. It looked like the last 2" of the bore was leaded. A lot of crud came out and now it shoots very well. I usually just use a bore snake and spray out the action.
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A bore snake is good for one use. then you are just dragging a dirty rag through your gun. How is dragging a dirty sock through your gun cleaning it?
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Good point, could you throw one in the dishwasher? I have one for my .45ACP and I have never used it and haven't read the instructions on cleaning it after use.
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