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Old October 23, 2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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I guess it's time to clean it...

Yeah, I just thought I'd pop in to horrify some of you.

I live in a rather arid environment. Over the years, I have realized that the whole "clean the gun to prevent rust" thing is way overblown for us desert dwellers. As a result... Well, I generally don't clean/oil a gun until it starts to malfunction ('cause rust simply doesn't happen...ever!).

So yesterday I was plinking with my 10/22 and it was having occasional feed issues. OK, so it's time to clean it.

I got thinking about it and I realized that the LAST time I cleaned that particular gun I was a senior in high school.

My son is a freshman.

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Old October 23, 2011, 01:01 PM   #2
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Well laugh all you want but in the final analysis - you don't have any alligators.

So there...
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Old October 23, 2011, 04:24 PM   #3
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Good idea to clean only when you get malfunctions. Hope you don't do your SD gun that way. Maybe you can tell the BG "KingsX" wait until I clean the gun.

I also live in the desert, but clean my guns each time I fire them, including my .22s.

To each his own.

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Old October 23, 2011, 04:56 PM   #4
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I wish I could get away with that.

Here on the east coast humidity can, and often does, get above 80% for days on end.
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Old October 23, 2011, 05:01 PM   #5
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Sounds about right for a 10/22.
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Old October 23, 2011, 05:03 PM   #6
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Wyoming is the same. I maintain my guns meticulously because I'm type-A, not because it's necessary.
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Old October 23, 2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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My carry gun is a Ruger KP95 stainless/synthetic and I don't normally clean it more than once or twice per year. Since a 10/22 isn't usually considered a SD gun, I can see not cleaning it until it malfunctions but 10-15 years might be a little over the top. My on the farm chore gun is a Ruger stainless 22/45 that gets carried in all types of weather and dragged through whatever I'm messing with. It doesn't get or need much cleaning and is virtually foolproof.
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Old October 23, 2011, 08:21 PM   #8
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I'm not very particular about cleaning guns either. My 10/22 had a case blow up in the chamber last winter. It's been in the closet ever since. I clean my shotgun once ever 5 years maybe. I have never cleaned my marlin 22 mag. Or my slug gun. Pistols get cleaned more out of boredom than out of necessity.
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Old October 23, 2011, 09:28 PM   #9
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I have several that do not get cleaned each and every time I shoot them, but I do maintain all of my guns properly. The serious ones are clean and ready to go at all times. It would never even occur to me to let one go to the point of malfunction.
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Old October 23, 2011, 11:49 PM   #10
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It happens, I try to get all my guns to that point atleast once, I want to know what they can take................
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Old October 23, 2011, 11:54 PM   #11
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Yeah living in the desert does have its advantages. After shooting corrosive in my AK, I can wait a day or two to clean the rifle if necessary. No rust in 5% humidity.
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Old October 24, 2011, 12:31 AM   #12
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@Mobuck: Actually we're talking about closer to 25 years since last cleaning.
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Old October 24, 2011, 03:20 PM   #13
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Wow, makes me feel OCD, I clean after every time any are shot.

Granted, all I end up scrubbing off is carbon, bit still...
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