Thanks for all the replies!!
That said there is, as predicted by some, the full spectrum of responses from deep cleaning techniques to "why bother?"!!
Why am I even surprised?
The main thing for me is to keep the rifle in good condition and shooting well. If that can be acheived with minimal input, then great!! I suppose that after cleaning a revolver for ages, it seems like cheating to wave a q-tip in a rifle's direction and call it clean.... But, horses for courses!!
Save your time and money and quit cleaning your .22 barrels.
Given your signature line, I ought to feel privileged that one of those posts was to my question!!
I have joined the ranks of a select few!!
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Any idea that relies on murder for its survival in intrinsically weak.