I like the accuracy of the buckmark - makes me feel like a real marksman (grin) but cleaning the bugger is a pain. Twice now I've almost lost the lock washers - and who had the bright idea of requiring the removal of two tiny, and DIFFERENT sized, machine screws to clean a handgun?
I run a name-brand ammo through it, but it clearly needs cleaning after each session; otherwise the slide starts to bind. Besides, I'm sort of a neat freek when it comes to firearms - I'll lay awake at night if I know a gun is dirty. (This last is almost literally true)
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May 26, 2006, 07:31 PM
I just bought a Buckmark and it does look like a pain to clean. I have not dirtied it up properly yet, but I'll be stripping it down soon enough.
May 26, 2006, 07:45 PM
I've had mine for 1.5 yrs and had not noticed it being a pain to clean. I shot it in the winter league 20+ matches. Cleaned it after 3-4 matches with a Bore snake and Hoppes. I have not had a problem with the lock washers, but I did drop the recoil bumper through my deck boards. That was a pain to find. Actually my wife who was 7 months pregnant at the time found it. :D She's a keeper!
May 26, 2006, 07:51 PM
Another Buckmark owner checking in here:uhoh:. Probably owned mine
for a bit over a year, and its been too the range just one time to test
functioning.:eek: 100% reliable thru approximately 300 rounds of ammo.
It will be going back too the range on 03 June 06~!:D
May 26, 2006, 08:06 PM
Just realized the subject line I chose brings to mind the ultimate in .22 firearms - apparently not only can the Buck Mark kill a bear, but it can CLEAN it for you too!
Now that's what I call an automatic weapon!
May 26, 2006, 08:34 PM
I don't see what the big deal is with cleaning a Buck Mark. Two screws to remove, keep track of the lock washers and recoil buffer, firing pin housing pops out easily, not difficult at all. If you're concerned about the bore, just run a snake through it. I'm normally use Breakfree for lube but I have discovered using tetra grease on the top and bottom of the slide works like a charm and keeps it slide cycling smoothly. Regarding ammo, I would suggest you stay away from Winchester Xpert22 36gr. Its unnecessarily dirty, and gives me feeding/extracting issues in my BM. I think I'll stick with the Federal copper plated bulk pack from Walmart. Something like $9 for 550 rounds.
May 26, 2006, 08:59 PM
No need to remove the screws and top end more than every 4000-5000 rounds. Just lock the slide back, place a few drops of solvent around the innards, scrub with an old toothbrush, wipe with a rag and q-tip, then lube with a q-tip wet with your favorite lube. No need to take anything apart, you can leave the screws Lock-tited, and you can leave the barrel alone.
May 26, 2006, 09:45 PM
I do what johnny does but not as far. Take off the sight rib only after a few thousand rounds, otherwise, just a toothbrush and a rag. (I don't scrub the bore often as it'll do more harm than good if it's done every time after shooting. Only after accuracy starts to go bad,) Taking off those sight hoods and scopes (on models that have or allow them) to get to the screws get to be more trouble than its worth.
May 26, 2006, 11:29 PM
The last time I cleaned my Buck Mark Camper was about 10,000 rounds ago. Because it stays reliable and accurate, I am afraid to clean it.
May 27, 2006, 07:18 AM
Jeez, listen to lunde here. Keep your Buckmark wet with oil, oil it before each shooting session. Clean it every 15K rounds whether it needs it or not.
If you keep it wet with oil the fouling won't harden and it will flow out of critical parts of the action. The gun will function fine, and it won't wear anything out since there is NOTHING about fouling that is abrasive. In fact most of the gunk is graphite, which is a lubricant.
The ONLY downside to this is the gun gets dirty on the outside too and can get your hands pretty black. Oil it up, wipe down with a rag, shoot and wipe down with a rag when done.
Just shooting the thing and adding oil is a LOT better treatment than taking the poor thing apart every couple hundred rounds and scrubbing it.
May 27, 2006, 10:16 AM
Clean sparingly. My approach is not to use any wet lubes. .22lr powder fouling is mostly graphite. If it's dry graphite is a lubricant and it will not build up in critical areas.
At a certain point there is not more room for fouling as long as the pistol is dry it won't stick to anything.
My buckmark that hasn't been cleaned in over 40,000 rounds and still functions like it's clean: