View Full Version : How often do you have to clean pumps?

September 7, 2001, 04:13 PM
No, not the shoes, the shotgun :D
I have a Mossberg 590A1 and I take it to the range about once a month. I clean my pistols and rifles after every trip, but somehow feel it's ok to skimp on the shotgun - probably cause it's such a pain in the but to dis-assemble. How often do you folke break 'em down and give them a good scrub?

September 7, 2001, 07:49 PM
Embarassed to say----but I'm like you----never. Maybe if one of my pumps would start to fail me---otherwise no.

Alex Szabo
September 7, 2001, 07:58 PM
I use a Mossberg 500A pump. I break it down after each use. I have found it to be easy to break down and reassemble. It is easier to work with as opposed to my semi's.

The only pain in the a$$ is the trigger assembly. I am always afraid of it falling apart and not being able to reassemble due to lack of full documentation [which almost happened a couple of times].

September 7, 2001, 08:05 PM
I use a bore snake on my 870 before and after every range session, and then I put a few drops of CLP down into the action when I am done.


September 7, 2001, 09:53 PM
:confused: You have to clean them?



September 7, 2001, 09:54 PM
I have a Winchester 1300 and find it is as easy to breakdown and clean as my handguns so I clean it after each trip to the range.

September 8, 2001, 01:26 AM
I used to never clean my pump, either. But then one of these guys here showed me the light: Chances are, if you don't clean it at least semi-regularly, the time it's gonna start malfunctioning is when there is a BG in your living room.

My 870's so easy to disassemble that I enjoy cleaning it. :)

Dave McC
September 8, 2001, 07:07 AM
Licknpromise after each use, complete stripdown every 1000 rounds or each year.

A complete job takes maybe 30 minutes. Both my oldest 870 and Frankenstein have been drug in and out of saltmarshes, bogs, goose blinds and bramble thickets,used in downpours and fogs. Zero rust.

There's a lesson there(G)....

September 8, 2001, 08:49 AM
I'll clean the bore of my 870M after everyuse, then very light oil the action, and "Sheath" the exterior. Once a season (after waterfowling), I would pop the trigger group out, pour boiling water on it, & dry & re-oil. The shotgun was "used" when I got it in the late 60's...and still no rust.

Captain Bligh
September 8, 2001, 11:16 AM
I clean my 870 after each time I use it. I can't stand dirty guns. I want them clean, well-lubed, and ready to go.

On the 870, generally I just clean the barrel and wipe out the breech. Only about once a year do I go all the way and pull out the bolt and drop the trigger assembly for a full-strip/full-clean.

It really is just as easy to clean, if not easier, than taking care of a pistol.


September 9, 2001, 09:17 PM
Always swabbed barrel&wiped down outside of gun after use,yearly-complete takedown clean-up.Bought a couple of military shotguns(old) Stevens520-30&Ithaca 37 both guns were clean,except mag. tube insides were ribbed and springs were very thin,no rust(packed lightly with greace). After clean-up both shoot good.

September 9, 2001, 11:13 PM
Here's a related question. I have seen much variance on which parts get lubed in the 870...which is also, I suppose, a sign of the gun's durability and reliability...they seem to work all oiled to -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED- and almost dry as a bone.

So, when/if you clean them, what do you lube?


Dave McC
September 10, 2001, 06:12 AM
Mike,when I take one down to clean it thoroughly, I use a light moly grease or the new Slip 2000 lube inside the receiver and bbl. Wipe on/wipe off, like the Karate Kid.

Last thing I do is apply one drop of Slip 200 or CLP to each action bar right where it enters the receiver and work it a few times. The outside gets the same treatment for rust prevention.

September 10, 2001, 09:35 AM
I usually apply a LIGHT layer of CLP to the interior parts (like from a moistened 12ga patch), making sure to get a drop or two on the areas where the action bars ride. I then usually add a drop to each action bar as you do, Dave (so they're probably getting double treatment, actually).

Its worked for me for 15 years (GOOD LORD, that long???), so I figured I was doing it right. I've just noticed SUBSTANTIAL variation in how its done.


PS Of course, back in the dim recesses of history it wasn't CLP, but the crude precursors thereof. ;)

September 12, 2001, 08:11 PM
I clean it every time I use it and I lube it with CLP.

September 13, 2001, 07:55 AM
"How do you expect to kill any Communists with a dirty weapon, sailor?" Senior Chief Petty Officer Fredrick Larson

Clean your weapons after using them. Clean your weapons once a week whether you discharge them or not. Wipe down your carry guns everyday.

September 13, 2001, 06:07 PM
Call me old school, but if I shoot it, I clean it.


September 17, 2001, 09:42 PM
I usually clean my sporting shotguns (Rem 870 and 1100) every 6 weeks or so (200-250 rounds) but I do wipe down the receiver and barrel and give a light coating of Rem oil after each outting.

My home defense shotguns get cleaned after every outting or every other month even if it wasn't used.

September 17, 2001, 10:37 PM
just bought a Winchester 1300 20 ga used last week. Also shot my first 3 rounds of skeet ever with it this past weekend. Think I'm addicted :) As I was saying though, I got it home and took it apart. I doubt the original owner had every cleaned it. I could shake the bolt by hand and *gobs* of crub fell off... kinda like a powder residue & grunge jelly of some kind. Took me nearly an hour to clean the receiver parts... but I noticed no difficulty in operating it before my cleaning... I'm betting it could have gone a lot longer without cleaning!

Alex Szabo
September 17, 2001, 11:29 PM

I would simply pay particular attention to a detailed cleaning [with a careful breakdown] in order to remove the apparent factory shipping greases as well as all powder residues.

You should be good to go after that. Good hunting!

September 18, 2001, 12:54 AM
I went dove hunting with some good old boys in Iredell, Tx last weekend and one of the chaps had a Remington which had not been stripped and cleaned since new ( 23 years )!

I, however, strip and clean my firearms after every trip.



September 18, 2001, 08:36 AM
You guys might want to do a search for the thread where I cleaned my Dad's 870. Purchased in the 1950s, used really hard, and never cleaned! It still worked fine. Though he was surprised by how much smoother the action was. Those things never stop!

September 18, 2001, 10:46 AM
I have a 590A1 too. While I ALWAYS clean my handguns after each use, I have not cleaned my 590A1 yet. Although the 590A1 has only been fired about 15 times.

Anyways, what all is involved in cleaning my shotgun? I know how to remove the barrel, but I have no knowledge in removing any other neccesary parts that need cleaning....

Dave McC
September 18, 2001, 02:03 PM

It's been decades since I took down a 500, so the best I can do for you is to recommend getting the manual from Mossberg and following the TD procedures.

Once it's apart, use Hoppe's,etc, to remove grunge,dry it, relube with a good product like CLP, and put it together again.