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Old 02-16-2014, 11:57 PM
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What about Dura-Coat, Ultra Coat, Molly coated, or other coated barrels? How often are ya'll cleaning them?

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Home moly coated , custom process , no wax . 223 Howa . Clean about ever 300 to 400 odd rounds.
I don't know how much further I could go maybe many more but I stop around that because that's where I stopped during original testing .
I have 400 loaded rounds at a time and when they are gone I clean but if I only fire a few hundred and want to put the gun away I clean then also.
It's not just about accuracy maintenance , it's also about convenience and if you have finished with the gun , travel time home , storage time , corrosion control , etc. It generally takes more shots with Moly to foul the bore again to settle group accuracy so you don't want to solvent clean too often .
Just because I don't scrub with bore solvent as often , does not mean you don't lubricate the bore to protect the steel each day after use or at least when you put it away for a few days or weeks .
Cleaning for accuracy maintenance and corrosion protection is two separate issues .

Uncoated bullets , I clean as accuracy drops off or at convenient intervals that I know from experience with the barrel is about right to keep things kosher .
It varies in each barrel . Usually only takes one or two fouling shots to settle .
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:12 PM
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Re: How often do you clean your barrel?

Clean target rifles after each match and hunting rifles at the end of the season.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:33 AM
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Re: How often do you clean your barrel?

After the end of the season.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:19 AM
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Re: How often do you clean your barrel?

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Home moly coated , custom process , no wax . 223 Howa . Clean about ever 300 to 400 odd rounds.
I don't know how much further I could go maybe many more but I stop around that because that's where I stopped during original testing .
I have 400 loaded rounds at a time and when they are gone I clean but if I only fire a few hundred and want to put the gun away I clean then also.
It's not just about accuracy maintenance , it's also about convenience and if you have finished with the gun , travel time home , storage time , corrosion control , etc. It generally takes more shots with Moly to foul the bore again to settle group accuracy so you don't want to solvent clean too often .
Just because I don't scrub with bore solvent as often , does not mean you don't lubricate the bore to protect the steel each day after use or at least when you put it away for a few days or weeks .
Cleaning for accuracy maintenance and corrosion protection is two separate issues .

Uncoated bullets , I clean as accuracy drops off or at convenient intervals that I know from experience with the barrel is about right to keep things kosher .
It varies in each barrel . Usually only takes one or two fouling shots to settle .
Thanks for the good info, but actually I was asking about coated bores and chambers. How often and when do they need cleaning in anyone's experience?

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Old 02-24-2014, 10:12 PM
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Thanks for the good info, but actually I was asking about coated bores and chambers. How often and when do they need cleaning in anyone's experience?

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? , If you shoot moly coated bullets you end up with a moly coated bore .
Coating a chamber with any kind of friction modifying layer is generally not a good idea for normal loads.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:31 PM
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Re: How often do you clean your barrel?

Alright so what does this all mean for breaking in a barrel? Seems Iv seen a number of things that have you cleaning after each shot? Is it better to get it dirty and leave it so?
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Old 02-27-2014, 01:42 AM
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Alright so what does this all mean for breaking in a barrel? Seems Iv seen a number of things that have you cleaning after each shot? Is it better to get it dirty and leave it so?
The discussion was about how often you clean not so much about barrel break in.
How much good you get out of doing a break in process depends on how smooth the barrel is inside to start with.
As most shooters don't know for sure how smooth the barrel is it can't hurt to do a barrel break-in .
It is not good to leave a barrel dirty as in badly fouled . Dirty dry barrels left for long periods will rust and pit quicker not to mention accuracy may suffer .
There is a World of difference between what you do while shooting and using a gun to what you should do after the shooting is finished and the gun is put away.
Bores can be ruined during storage and no use if not cared for properly.
If you are not using any coatings on your bullets then you will be cleaning as and when accuracy starts to go off . Now that is different for different people some might see a group blow out to .4 and think it needs cleaning and others may be happy to get a 1 inch group and don't see a need to clean until it's a 3 inch group they can't ignore anymore .
Most BR shooters clean more often , most hunters clean far less and or when it's convenient .
If you run MoS2 moly coated bullets , coated properly , you can clean even less often than the above . However you still lubricate the bore well before you put it away and if storage is long , say end of season then do a thorough solvent clean to get out as much moly as possible and then light oil and loose patch out then grease the bore well with loose patch's so a good layer of grease stays inside the chamber and bore but the light oil under penertrates into the moly layer excluding oxygen before the grease goes on .
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