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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 :D

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

Now I dont want to get it dirty again ( Its so shiny! :D ) 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 :D

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

Now I dont want to get it dirty again ( Its so shiny! :D ) 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:eek:
 

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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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