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Unread 05-02-2008, 06:23 PM
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budman, I usually clean any gun that is going into storage for more than a month. If I'm activly shooting, like during fall hunting season, I may or may not clean until season is over which may be a span of 2 months. During the season I usually shoot a dozen rounds a week at targets and game. If the gun gets wet or really dusty, I wipe it down run some dry patches through the bore then one kroil patch. I then shoot 2 to refoul before I will shoot at fur.
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Unread 05-02-2008, 07:01 PM
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When you guys say you "clean" after every session, do you clean completely, or just run a couple patches with your solvent of choice down it until patches come out clean? I don't like wasting shots on getting my bore fouled, just wondered if maybe "half-cleaning" would keep my barrel relatively clean, but cut down on the fouling time.
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Unread 05-02-2008, 11:10 PM
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I always clean all of my tubes down to the bare metal (then oiled) even on my hunting rifles. That being said all of my rifles do not really change poi when they are clean so I do not really give it much thought. The rifles in my safe only contain a handful of factory ones and two of those need to be fouled prior to going in the field but are not shot very much.
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Unread 05-03-2008, 11:15 AM
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During hunting season I will clean real good before the start and
check zero.s by shooting a fowling shot then a follow up 3 shot group

If everything is ok then I clean and fire another fowling shot and then
pull a bore snake through just to remove the powder fowling and I,m
ready to go hunting.

Then for the rest of the season after each shot I use the bore snake
to keep the bore free of powder fowling. "Note" these are stainless
barrels , on chrome moly barrels I keep them oiled and dry patch just
before I go hunting.

As Boss hoss said some barrels don't need a fowling shot but you have
to no which ones. So go to the range and test the rifle to see what
process/Procedure you should use.

As for how many shots before a bare metal cleaning ,each barrel is different.
Some like a certain amount of copper fowling (Seasoning) and shoot better
with a light cleaning but most of the custom barrels shoot there best clean.


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Unread 05-03-2008, 07:50 PM
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Bore Brushing--How Much is Too Much?
Here is a link to an article on 6mmbr. The concensus is - there is none.
Very good article from some really good shooters interviewed. Seems that the majority of the shooters agree that we clean too aggressively and too often.
I have noticed that my 300 mag fouls REALLY bad. If I shoot 3 rounds it takes 2 days to get the coper out. It is a Shilen cm barrels and shoots really good (.380) for 12 to 15 rounds then falls apart. My Hart 6mmbr can shoot a 100 rounds and cleans out with 3 shooters choice patches.
The 100 to 200 yard match guys clean more and the barrels last for fewer shots.
It seems to be barrel specific as to what works best. I clean until the patch is clean. I don't know if that is the way to go but it works for me.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 12:17 AM
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BH, Tell me more about Iosso brushes
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Unread 05-04-2008, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by huntinco View Post
BH, Tell me more about Iosso brushes
I have the Iosso paste but never heard of the brushes until Boss Hoss mentioned them. Did a search and all the websites I frequent carry them so I ordered a couple. Always willing to try something new Thanks Hoss

this will lead you to Iossos brush page..
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