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How often do you clean your rifle?

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Unread 12-15-2011, 06:20 PM
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How often do you clean your rifle?

In the past I would clean my rifle once a year (immediatly after hunting season) which normaly consisited of 30 -50 rounds. Then come the next hunting season simply take it hunting and clean agin at the end wich is normaly in March for me. I have done this for years and to my knowledge there were no adverse side effects of leaving the barrel dirty for 6 months or so at a time.

Well I now have a gun that was rebuilt for long range shooting and it is a tack driver and I want to ensure it stay's this way and was wondering if my cleaning prctices are sufficient or maybe I need to kick it up a notch? What say yal? Thank's, Brad
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    Re: How often do you clean your rifle?

    In my experience, you can do more damage to a bore/crown by cleaning it than by shooting it.

    I don't clean my rifles very often, I wipe them down any time they've been out in the weather/rain/dust etc. I clean them at the end of a hunt.

    In my experience, it takes a few rounds to get them fouled correctly to REALLY settle down, I don't want to waste the barrel on fouling shots

    When I do clean one of my barrels, I REALLY clean it.

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    Re: How often do you clean your rifle?

    When I was breaking this new barrel in I used a brush with k12 solvent and patch at the range then after my last shots of the day brought it home and used wipe out(really like this stuff) since then I have gone to the rage a few times shooting 20-30 rounds to sight in my new Nightforce scope and practice and just used wipe out overnight when I got home. Now I'm in hunting mode and have probaly shot 15 bullets with no cleaning thus far and still hitting what I'm aiming at. What do yal think? Brad
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    Re: How often do you clean your rifle?

    Pretty much what AJ said.
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    Unread 12-15-2011, 07:32 PM
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    Re: How often do you clean your rifle?

    I dont clean mine after every time i go shooting. I always wipe the barrel down and pull the bolt out and clean it. Unless Im sighting it in or trying a new round I loaded than I swab the barrel every shot.
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    Re: How often do you clean your rifle?

    I recently had this discussion with one of this forums Highly respected gun builder and shooter. He told me to spend all my time shooting and don't worry about cleaning until I notice my accuracy going to hell. When my accuracy goes south, then clean my barrel. This is for good custom barrels not factory barrels as they are a whole different animal and often require something different.
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    Re: How often do you clean your rifle?

    With the advent of stainless barrels cleaning is not so much of a must like the chrome Molly
    barrels, But I clean more often than some because i like the consistency of a clean cold bore.

    I normally clean good just before hunting season and oil the bore, just before a hunt I will fire
    one shot,pull a bore snake through the bore to remove most of the powder residue and I am
    ready to hunt.

    After a few weeks and good weather I will clean before going hunting again.

    I feel that the carbon left in the bore is more abrasive durring firing than the brushing so I keep
    a clean barrel all of the time with no more than 3 or 4 shots through it at the worst.

    I have yet to shoot out a barrel using this process.

    PS: Just because the barrel is stainless does not mean it will not corrode left dirty.

    Just my way of maintaining the consistant accuracy.

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