February 17, 2006, 07:10 PM
I hear often that to much cleaning can affect a gun negativly just as much or more in some guns then not cleaning it enough.
Just what could overzealous cleaning do to rifle? I'm curious to know.
February 17, 2006, 07:36 PM
If overzealous means the same as careless, I agree. Letting the cleaning rod or pull-through accumulate a bunch of grit or rub against the throat or muzzle of the gun will likely damage areas that are critical to good accuracy. I suppose frequent use of abrasive or ammonia-laced bore cleaners could mess things up as well. If proper technique is used with the proper tools such as bore quides, I doubt that a lot of damage is inflicted regardless of frequency.
If overzealous means too often, meh, I don't think it hurts to keep the bore clean and the copper fouling to a minimum. I think the real message is to care enough to do the job right and don't substitute quantity for quality.
February 17, 2006, 08:53 PM
Some of the things I would consider overzealous that I've seen:
Drenching the gun in solvents not designed for guns in order to get it spotless.
Chucking a cleaning rod in a drill to hit the chamber and bore
Heavy use of abrasive cleaners in a bore
Most of the time, I see this when people want a gun that is white-glove clean; but don't want to spend the several hours a day for several days that it takes to get a gun there with traditional cleaning methods. If you know what it takes to get your gun to a functional clean, and then do that. I don't think you'll have much trouble from overcleaning.