Originally Posted by aarond
I've never seen a gun fail because it was too clean.
It is possible to clean a barrel to death, but you really have to work at it and use the wrong tools and cleaners. So, in general, you're right on about that.
However, I do adhere to the wisdom concerning .22 rifles and pistols. It says to not clean the barrels as often as you might with centerfire arms. You want to leave a little of the lubrication that coats most .22 ammo in the barrel. They do seem to be more accurate using that cleaning regimen. Even so, you have to clean the barrels every once in a while. And this doesn't mean to not clean the action and other parts often enough to prevent any jamming or other failures.