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Old November 2, 2012, 09:33 PM   #26
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If I go often (once or twice a week) ill let em sit dirty, if its gonna be several weeks in between then ill clean em.

It was a lot easier when I only shot 1 or 2 pistols
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Old November 4, 2012, 04:35 AM   #27
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Depends on the gun, but as a general rule a clean gun is a more reliable gun.

Henry .22 lever action gets the barrel cleaned out every 100 rounds or so. I take it apart every now and again to clean it more thoroughly.

Marlin .17 HMR bolt action stays very clean, and not necessarily because I clean it constantly. I can take a clean rifle, shoot 25 rounds through it, and put 1 wipe with cleaner on it through the barrel, it will come out with a tiny bit of powder residue and the next wipe going through it comes out the same color it went it.

Taurus .17 HMR stays very clean.

My range trip is going out the front door and shooting... They don't have boxes and boxes of ammo run through them before being put up. I just sort of get in the mood, load up the gun, walk outside and shoot at stuff.
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Old November 4, 2012, 08:33 AM   #28
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Depends, all get wiped down, some have never been cleaned.
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Old November 4, 2012, 09:15 PM   #29
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I think it's a good practice to clean weapons after firing. It doesn't need to be a detailed "white-glove" type cleaning.

If it strips easily, break it down. If not (shotguns, lever guns, many .22s, etc.), run the bore snake through a few times, a quick scrub with the toothbrush and a wipe down with a rag.
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Old November 7, 2012, 09:09 PM   #30
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I cleaned the heck out of that thing no matter how many rounds are fired through. It also allows me to inspect for any potential damages. It is in my nature to keep things clean and this include all the firearms. I figure I spent some hard earned $$$$ on them so I might as well keep them in good condition all always.
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Old November 8, 2012, 07:40 AM   #31
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I clean after every round fired. Sure, it slows down my day at the range, but then I know my guns are really clean. Seriously, if I go to the range and fire 100 rounds or so each through 2 or 3 guns I may not clean them at all, other than wiping down the outside of the guns. After two or three trips like that I take the time to clean them. I used to spend quite a bit of time with Hoppes#9, an old toothbrush and a lot of pads, but now I usually use a combination cleaner and lubricant on the broken down gun parts, the same chemical on the bore snack for a few run throughs the barrel, and a treated gun cloth to wipe down the outside. So far I have no gun condition related issues and the guns look pretty good. I guess if I were the type of shooter who puts 300 to 500 rounds downrange at a single session I would be much more diligent about cleaning.
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Old November 8, 2012, 08:08 AM   #32
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I clean after every round fired. Sure, it slows down my day at the range, but then I know my guns are really clean


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Old November 8, 2012, 08:36 AM   #33
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I clean my rifle and handguns after every trip to the range.

My 12ga....not so much. Every few trips, or if I think it needs it, I'll break it down, but it's not nearly as often as my others.
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Old November 8, 2012, 09:15 AM   #34
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everytime

i clean my guns after every trip to the range. how thoroughly depends on how many rounds i shot and how long there going to sit before i go to the range next
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Old November 8, 2012, 09:52 AM   #35
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I clean them when I think they need it or when I want to. Whichever comes first.
Amen brother. My carry gun always goes out clean with me so there can be no question whether the gun was fired or not.

But every gun...every time it's shot? Don't think so. I take up to 10 pistols with me, two rifles and a shotgun for a trip to the range. I'm hardly going to clean 8 or more guns every time I shoot. I do keep track of how many rounds go through each gun, and they get cleaned at a specific round count interval.

But - everytime they're shot? Nooooooo.....I have other things that have to be done too.
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Old November 8, 2012, 10:35 AM   #36
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Read this thread for a fine example of why I never carry a gun that hasn't been fired a few times since its last cleaning.

I want to know the thing works, not just think it will.
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Old November 8, 2012, 06:13 PM   #37
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I've asked this same question before on another forum but was attacked rather then given a good answer.

are there no ill effects of leaving a gun dirty for months if it only goes to the range once every couple of months and fires 40 - 100 per session?

I usually clean after each range session out of fear of pitting.
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Old November 8, 2012, 11:24 PM   #38
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are there no ill effects of leaving a gun dirty for months if it only goes to the range once every couple of months and fires 40 - 100 per session?
None that I'm aware of unless you are shooting corrosive primed ammo.

Of course you may be labeled a gun abuser in some circles.
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Old November 9, 2012, 12:58 AM   #39
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I agree. I've not seen any ill effects.

If you live in a humid environment you may have issues if you don't maintain your guns, but the problem isn't that the gun hasn't been cleaned, it's that the protective agents which prevent rust may be worn off or compromised during a shooting session and may need to be reapplied.
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Old November 9, 2012, 07:44 AM   #40
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I clean my guns after shooting. I love cleaning my guns and feel it is part of shooting. There are times I will clean a gun that I have not used for a few months, just to have something to do.
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