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Old July 10, 2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Cleaning my gun, uggh

In the past I have primarily shot my p22 about once every 2-3 months a couple hundred rounds per outing. I always fully break it down wipe off every surface and then re oil it with remington whatever oil(whatever walmart carries in an orange bottle).

I just started shooting trap and expect to shoot multiple times per week. I expect to shoot 75 or 100 shots through my Remington 11-87. It is semi-Auto of course. How much do I need to clean it? Is a bore snake through it, with a real cleaning say once a month enough? I am certainly not an obsessive gun cleaner, but I will do what is needed to keep the gun running well.
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Old July 10, 2008, 07:54 PM   #2
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Now, this is just my opinion, but I suspect that you could get away with a full cleaning every 500 shells. Some people shoot that much in a weekend. YMMV
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Old July 10, 2008, 10:41 PM   #3
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I guess I'm weird. I really enjoy cleaning my guns. I like disassembling them, I like the smell of the chemicals, I like putting them back together and knowing that they are cleaned and lubricated and fully ready for whatever I need them for.

When I shoot 'em, I clean 'em. Is it necessary? Almost certainly not. Certainly not in the case of the Beretta shotguns, or the Glock handguns, but I do it because I really enjoy it.

There is something comforting in taking them apart, cleaning them and admiring the engineering and craftsmanship that went into them.

I have had a couple of 11-87's, and I think they need cleaning about every 500 rounds.
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Old July 10, 2008, 10:59 PM   #4
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I guess I'm weird. I really enjoy cleaning my guns.
Not weird at all many share your view.

I enjoy figuring out how they function. The first few times I take the gun apart I love it. After I know how it works it becomes a terribly mundane chore. I regret my purchase of a p22 simply because it is a semi auto. I hate cleaning it at this point.
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Old July 11, 2008, 05:43 PM   #5
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All of the 'gas operated semi-autos' have a tendancy to get pretty dirty even after 100 rounds or so. I think you'll need to clean it after every trip to the range ( and personally, I would anyway ).

A bore snake will only take care of the barrel - you'll need to make sure the o-rings, gas ports, etc are clean and lubed so it will perform for you. All of the gas guns are like this - and you have a good gun / but its a little heavy on the maintenance side ( which is one reason why a lot of guys go to Over Unders on the Trap and Skeet fields ) plus we get tired of picking up our hulls .....for reloading. But after you've cleaned it a dozen times - you can do it easily in 15 or 20 min.
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Old July 11, 2008, 05:53 PM   #6
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I shoot a case or two every range trip. Thats at least 500 shotshells. I clean every time. Why not? Hoppes bore snake and a lil oil, wipe the carbon off the receiver and store. Whats to fuss about?
On the contrary...what could it hurt?
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Old July 11, 2008, 07:11 PM   #7
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In hot humid weather I have had problems with rust in the gas systems of mod-58, 1100, and 11-87. I believe they suck in moisture in the air when they cool after each shot, to the point that rust has formed before I got home and could clean them. So I clean mine after shooting either the same day or the next day. I will say that the problem has been greatly reduced
since I started using breakfree.
The bore has not been a problem, so one needs to field strip the gun and wipe the gas ring and piston, mag tube, and barrel sleeve. The rest needs cleaning on an as needed basis.
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Old July 12, 2008, 03:44 AM   #8
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If you got the time, its good practice to do it everytime you go to the range. Takes a bit of time (especially for a semiauto) but at least you know you're always clean and ready to go.

I love cleaning my guns. It's therapeutic. There's something about it that calms me and causes me to think methodologically. Kinda like putting together a puzzle I guess. Either way, I'm sure my guns love me
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Old July 12, 2008, 05:49 AM   #9
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I suspect if somebody's spent any time in the military (especially the gun tottin kind) you have a different outlook on gun cleaning than someone who has not. It's a hard habit to lose, at least in my case. :-)
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Old July 12, 2008, 08:13 AM   #10
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Well this is the first gun I am considering not cleaning after every use. I really don't want to spend an extra hour a week cleaning it. I think I am going to have to break down and do it though. There have been one or two occasions where I went to the range and waited a few days before cleaning and I was felt like it was really stupid and I should have woken up early or stayed up a little late to take care of it earlier.
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Old July 12, 2008, 01:59 PM   #11
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I can't get the carrier handle out. ***. Anyone know what I should do? The Remington manual just says to slide the carrier forward then pull on the handle. I pulled pretty hard and no dice.
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Old July 13, 2008, 08:41 PM   #12
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Cleaning your gun... the right way!

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Old July 13, 2008, 09:04 PM   #13
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For what it's worth I've been cleaning my shotgun barrels with Gunzilla ever since I wrote this review.

I do still use WeaponShield when re-lubing the action though.

My only disclaimer is that I'm not much of a shotgun guy so my Maverick 88 gets only intermittent use. My old Aramberri Y Sons Side-x-side does get some heavy use in CAS competitions though.
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Old July 14, 2008, 12:10 PM   #14
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Got it figured out. I guess all I need is to make a few trips to the gym.
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