Cleaning Marlin 22.lr

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by mrbooks10, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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    Hey gun nuts,

    I have a little question about cleaning my 22. I get it spotless and i go out and shoot, 50 rounds or so and the barrel is digustingly dirty. I use hoppes solvent, then lubericant then take a swab down 4 times to get any exess lube out. Am i doing anything wrong? I own and am talking about a marlin 780. Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Creekside_Sports

    Creekside_Sports New Member

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    I wouldn't say you're really doing anything wrong. For me I swear by Break-Free CLP and use that to clean, lube and oil all my personal firearms and my customer's firearms. The only time that I use something different is when a gun comes in with heavy copper fouling and I use Mpro-7. But the procedure is still pretty much the same.
    Step one: Put your cleaning agent of choice on the brush and down the barrel
    Step two: Run your brush multiple times through the barrel starting at the throat of the barrel.
    Step three: Run wet patches until they come up clean
    Step four: Run dry patches until they up dry
    Step five: Run 1 wet patch to oil the inside of the barrel
    Step six: Wipe down all exterior/ exposed metal and wood with a silicone gun cloth.

    That's the process that I do at the shop and its the same way that I was taught in school. Hope this helps.
     

  3. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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    Thanks a lot man. ill try the break free stuff. and when you say a wet cloth down the bore. wet with what?
     
  4. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    I dont see a problem... The .22 is a dirty round, mine are always filthy after shooting, even if I dont put many rounds though it....
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    It is really not required that you clean a .22 after every use. Most shoot best with a "dirty" bore. Clean when you begin to experience a drop in accuracy, or fail to function.
     
  6. Creekside_Sports

    Creekside_Sports New Member

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    A wet patch is simply a patch that you saturate with your choice of a lubricating oil then run it down the bore to get things coated inside and prevent rust.
     
  7. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    True that.

    Unless you are living in a high-humidity environment, in which case if you leave the bore dirty, it will eventually cause other issues...

    Also, some .22 ammo is dirtyer than others...Remington & Wolf are pretty narfy.
    Probably has something to do with their particular saltpeter source...

    Also...
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  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Saltpeter? Dude- how OLD is that ammo? :p
     
  9. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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    Here ya go. Its a marlin 780, made in 1974, they dont make em' like this anymore, also got a new marlin 17.hmr if your droolin for gun pics!
     

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  10. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Always!! Gun porn is second only to Redhead Female Marine porn!! :D
     
  11. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Salt Peter.....

    I can remember my father talking about the army adding this to the food they fed the recruits in WW2......No wonder you had a FTF.......:eek:
     
  12. warhawk77

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    Hi nice to see someone else from Fort Wayne on here.

    The 22 round is a very dirty round. I clean my marlin after every trip to the range and it is nasty.

    It sounds like you are cleaning it fine but I would suggest leaving some of the oil on the internal parts. I use Rem oil in the spray bottle for cleaning but I have it in a squirt bottle I take with me to the range to lub the action every 50 rounds. If I don't it will start to fail to feed.

    What range to you go to?
     
  13. Jeff56

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    I clean my Marlin 60's every 100,000 rounds whether they need it or not. Seriously a .22 does not require being cleaned after every shooting. I went 11 years without cleaning the action of my old Marlin 60. I have NEVER put any oil on the action. It is starting to slow down and not function exactly right now. But I've shot 150,000 rounds through it. It worked perfect until I was cleaning the action and got one of the springs just a little out of alignment. It has had problems since then so I'd have to say it was really my fault it doesn't work right because I cleaned it when it didn't really need it. And I've never put one drop of oil on the action ever in all the time I've owned it. Oil collects powder residue. You will more problems from the oil than you do from the powder. If I clean the action I just brush it off.

    All of my .22's shoot more accurate with a fouled bore. Some are extremely more accurate that way. If I clean my Savage I have to shoot about 100 rounds before it comes close to being as accurate as it was before I cleaned it. And I shoot Wolf almost exclusively in it. Wolf .22 ammo is not very dirty at all IMO. Remington is horrible. Federal has gotten really bad in the last couple of years too. It used to be really good but that seems to be over. Thank the people who elected our current president for that. Because of the hoarding of ammo and the resulting shortages companies started reducing quality control or at least some companies did. Federal was one of those companies. It will be years before I buy any more of their ammo and I shot very little else for probably 20 years. My Marlin 60 loved it. Not now. It gums up everything I put it in. CCI is the best bulk ammo now IMO. It works well in my Savage, my CZ, all 4 of my Marlins, my Stevens, and everything I try it in pretty much.
     
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  14. judgepw

    judgepw New Member

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    + 1 for Break Free.

    Sent from my iPad using FirearmsTalk
     
  15. mrbooks10

    mrbooks10 New Member

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    I aculy use my own backyard, i can shoot from 150 to 10 yards and never think i needed a range. But i do hunt at tri county
     
  16. warhawk77

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    That is cool I don't have room to shoot around my house. I some times go to Roush, but most of the time I go to Izzak Walton.

    Never been to Tri county but I have heard good things.
     
  17. mrbooks10

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    thats cool. ive went hiking and hunting at both those places