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cleaning 870

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by RookieWingHunter, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. RookieWingHunter

    RookieWingHunter New Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    hey guys, i was just wondering how often i need to clean my new 870 express, i know that i need t clean after i go shoot skeet or go hunting, but if i just let someone fire maybe 5or6 shells, do i need to clean the whole 9 yards and all that?
  2. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    There's really no reason not to clean a gun EVERY time it's fired.

    It doesn't necessarily NEED to be cleaned each and every time, but a clean gun seldom rusts or corrodes.
    Dirty guns DO.

    While it may not be necessary to do a full field strip, I would remove the barrel and clean the bore, then apply a thin coat of rust preventing lube.

    A dirty bore is bare steel with a coating of moisture-attracting fouling. It can and will rust under the right circumstances.
    A gun that's clean has no fouling to attract moisture from the air, and the thin lube coating prevents rust.

    You do see guns damaged by improper cleaning (using weird chemicals or cleaning tools) and you see dirty guns that corrode and deteriorate, but you rarely see a properly cared for gun that's rusted.

    I have to buy my own guns. They get cleaned EVERY time whether it's 1000 rounds or just ONE round
    Some of my guns have many thousands of rounds through them, and they still look like new.
  3. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Senior Elder

    Sep 8, 2005
    Get some gun wipes -- Wal Mart has Rem Oil wipes; there are also Birchwood-Casey and Bullfrog brand wipes.

    Just go over anything someone might have touched with the thing before putting it away -- sweat causes rust. Then run the thing through the barrel with a cleaning rod a couple times, and swab out the inside of the action. If you use Rem Oil wipes, that will keep it lubed, too.

    Every once in a while, do a complete cleaning.

    The gun wipe method works fine after skeet, or even hunting if it's not too dirty. What's cool is that you can do it right away, which matters more than doing it perfectly a day later, if it has sweat all over it.
  4. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter Senior Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    Chairborne HQ, MA :(
    I would say at least clean the barrell.

    I had my 879 for about 9 months untill i took the trigger group and bolt out and it worked fine, but much smoother after.

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