How often do you clean your barrel?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Canadian Bushman, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. 20 or less rounds

    35.7%
  2. 40 rounds

    23.8%
  3. 60 rounds

    9.1%
  4. 80 rounds

    1.6%
  5. 100 or more rounds

    29.8%
  1. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering how often you guys like to clean your barrel? I know everyone has their own means and methods, and if you feel like describing it, i will definitely read it.
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I clean mine whenever they start throwing shots. That's when I know they get copper-fouled.
     

  3. Clayne B

    Clayne B Well-Known Member

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    My rem 700 .308 was at just over 1700 rounds with out cleaning it when I sold it, Shot exceptionally

    My new 6.5 Creedmoor is at around 600 rounds, Cleaned it the day I got it. and shooting very good also
     
  4. Hunter2678

    Hunter2678 Well-Known Member

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    Somewhere between 150-200 rounds in my kreigers...sometimes longer..I may start letting them get near 300 before I swab because they always need about 40 shots to foul them back in.

    For a factory barrel I always had to clean by the time it neared 60-80 shots
     
  5. Barrelnut

    Barrelnut Well-Known Member

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    Think it is important to be consistent with interval and amount of cleaning. I shoot a factory barrel and it fouls quickly and seems to shoot faster and faster as it fouls. So to keep the shots in a zone speed wise and accuracy wise I do this:

    shoot 25
    2 passes with bore snake
    shoot 25
    2 passes with bore snake
    shoot 25
    2 passes with bore snake
    shoot 25
    clean standard way and remove copper and carbon
    shoot 25
    etc.

    Seems when I do this, after the copper clean it takes about 10-12 shots to get back in the zone. I know the next 15 or so shots will be right on at longer ranges. Then after the bore snake, it only takes about 2 shots to be back in the zone. This way I can pretty well predict how it will shoot at any given time in that 100 shots.

    Have a couple of custom barrels that I just patch clean about every 50 rounds or so and run a nylon brush through every now and then if it seems to need it. Much easier..
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I've cleaned my 5R .308 I think twice... as well. And that was the day I got it, and then about a year ago. It shoots better dirty. It also shoots better with a warm/hot barrel. Craziest thing I've ever seen.
     
  7. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    Im seeing signs of this same problem with my rifle
     
  8. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I clean every time I shoot, unless I am checking zero for a hunt. Then I leave it dirty.

    I really struggle with storing a dirty gun.
     
  9. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    I was super particular with cleaning regiments for a long time. Then I realized my guns shoot WAY better after 5-15 rounds and is good until between 40-75. So now I shoot them dirty until I know I'm going to store them for awhile, then I clean them for the long sit. But the more shooting I do and the more I learn, the longer I'm letting them stay fouled.
     
  10. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    No specific round count for me. I try to clean them all faithfully at least once a year. On my hunting rigs that can be 20 rouds or less on my varmint rigs and AR's it can be once every several hundred rounds or more.
     
  11. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    So i guess its more of finding what a particular barrel likes more than a set idea of when to clean. Is that a fair statement?
     
  12. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    To an extent. For me the biggest difference is CM vs Stainless. I just don't worry about my stainless rigs as much as those which are not. Since I started using Machine Gunner's Lube I don't even worry about them a whole lot because it's doing an excellent job of rust prevention.

    It also depends greatly on the intent of the rig. My long range rigs will get more attention than the others but even with them as soon as I finish cleaning them I'll fire a couple of foulers and leave a bit of oil in the bore for storage to reduce corrosion problems.
     
  13. deadidarren

    deadidarren Well-Known Member

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    there's a Poll Option missing .... when the groups open up or when the barrel dictates it
     
  14. Canadian Bushman

    Canadian Bushman Well-Known Member

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    Sorry bout that, i didnt think of it at the time.