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Gun cleaning

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Okcafe86, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. Okcafe86

    Okcafe86 Well-Known Member

    How often do you clean your guns? I clean mine right after shooting regardless of amount. Nothing but CLP and hoppes. (Chore boys for lead) If it sits around for 6 months to a year I'll touch it up with clp to prevent rust. I think I'm pretty anal about cleanliness, especially my duty guns. I always read about fte, ftf light strikes,etc but I've come to the conclusion that MOST of that is due to poor PMS. (Preventative maintenance) thoughts?
  2. RaceM

    RaceM Well-Known Member

    Like you I clean after every outing, one shot or hundreds. Haven't worn out a gun yet from cleaning too often.
  3. BSA1

    BSA1 Well-Known Member

    Generally once a year except black powder guns. I have rarely seen a gun worn out from not being cleaned but have seen a lot of guns damaged from improper cleaning. I wipe the sweat off the exterior after every session and call it good.
  4. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Years ago I cleaned after every trip and found myself not wanting to shoot... Now, I shoot 2-3 times a week, sometimes up to a dozen different guns. I clean them when I think they need it and not before. I just wipe them down with oil and store them. I am happier with this process.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep & yep.
    Oil on autos, RIG on revolvers. I used to oil everything.
  6. Gun care; tips....

    In 2014 there are more & better gun oils & gun care products than ever before. :D
    Some products or brands work better than others. Old timers & veterans seem to have the "secret sauce" or "know what works best for them".
    I have purchased & used a few big name brands over the last 25 years or so.
    I tend to get the best results from CLPs or cleaners that are non toxic, CFC free, safe for use with bare hands & don't have harsh fumes or odors.
    I've bought or used: RIG, LPX, B-C Synthetic Cleaner, LPX, Hoppes #9(both old style & the new synthetic version), FP-10, Ballistol, and the latest(and superior) FrogLube CLP.
    Ballistol & LPX are both fine for general cleaning/lube for the casual shooter or gun owner who keeps a home security firearm that may clean/inspect it every few weeks. I use Ballistol often around my home & for my Jeep too. It's light pine scent & non toxic formula make it bearable.
    I've read a few + reviews & tests of Hornady One-Shot. It prevents rust & it's sold in many sporting goods/gun shops.
    Id suggest new gun owners & armed officers(military/LE/corrections/security) learn the proper ways to clean-check guns. Learn not use tons of gun oil/CLP/grease.
    I've posted on gun forums often that law enforcement/security agency armorers often say the over-use of oils or lubricants is one of the main problems they see.
    A small or light amount of gun oil/CLP is fine. Large amounts may clog or cling to dirt, grit, dust, etc.

    There are many DVDs, online videos & books out there for new gun owners to learn proper gun care.
  7. bangswitch

    bangswitch Well-Known Member

    No regular schedule for me. I try to at least give the bore a swabbing after a day at the range, but sometimes go two or three outings before doing a complete cleaning, whether pistol, rifle or shotgun.

    And then there are times when I'm bored, I drag a couple out and clean them just to be messing with guns; that's usually when I haven't been to the range in a while, don't feel like reloading, but have a need to do something gun related.
  8. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Well-Known Member

    About every several hundred rounds, or after exposure to rain.
  9. frankmako

    frankmako Well-Known Member

    i shoot a lots each week with different guns. so i clean when i feel they need it. but the carry gun get clean right after the range. i don't like carry a dirty gun.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    My old WWII vet daddy, & the U.S. Army later, taught me to clean them when you shoot them.

    Worked for me my whole life!

    But I change the oil & get a lube job on my vehicles every 3,000 miles too.
    And I brush my teeth at least once a day.

    That also works out well in the long run!

    Last edited: Oct 25, 2014
  11. Okcafe86

    Okcafe86 Well-Known Member

    I can't sleep sound with a dirty gun lol
  12. stonecutter2

    stonecutter2 Well-Known Member

    Every range trip, but sometimes they sit for weeks before I get to cleaning them.
  13. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Well-Known Member

    I used to clean religiously after every outing and do a wipedown after every handling.

    These days, I'm far more lax because I've not seen evidence among my own guns that the occasional delays, be it days or weeks, between cleanings (even after shooting) produces any noticable corrosion at all.

    I don't store my guns in conditions which might be conducive of corrosion, and I will clean/oil them before actually storing them. But a range gun or carry gun? I've no problems shooting those and cleaning them whenever I feel like it. So long, of course, as I do not have any functionality issues or might have a concern with possible corrosion.

    GoWolfpack has a rather lax attitude towards cleaning as well, and as his guns don't have corrosion or function problems, I can't say he's doing any harm.

    In fact, he brings up one very important issue with respect to functionality: When you break down your gun, clean it, oil it, and reassemble it...what objective evidence do you have at this point that it will actually WORK they way it's supposed to when you need it? A primary reason why he feels no need to be obsessive about cleaning his carry gun after shooting it. He's already verified it works.
  14. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

    For a huge portion of my life (youth, adolescence, and large chunk of adulthood), I'd clean them every single time a shot was fired. Now ...

    Automatic handguns; every time.
    Revolvers; close to every time.
    Rifles; when they need them and/or corrosive ammo was used. Using quality ammo, I'd go 100-200 rounds or so.
    Shotguns; rarely. Maybe once a year. They get a good wipe down, an oily mop run through them and and hosing with Baristol if needed.
    Silencers; yah, pretty much every time. They don't necessarily need it, but ownership is a semi-PITA compared to the aforementioned.
    Blackpowder guns; All the time when I used to bother with them, but, meh, I haven't done that in almost 20 years. The one and only BP gun I still own is hanging in the living room. ;)
  15. Good habit....

    In the early 1990s, after my military service I got into the habit of applying a small amount of gun oil/CLP to the metal parts & action prior to any long term range shooting(100-500 rounds).
    I learned this aids clean-up & maintaining later. ;)
    Lead, gunpowder, dirt, grit wipes off quicker since it's already got a light film on the surfaces.
  16. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Carbon & powder fouling cleans off way easier before it gets hard from aging in place too!

    I can't prove it.
    So just trust me O.K.?

  17. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Leave the carbon alone. It might get hard enough to turn into a diamond.
  18. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Would that make a Python with crusty rusty chambers a Diamondback?

    Inquiring minds want to know! :confused:

  19. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I will be ticked if my Pythons turn into Diamondbacks.
  20. 1SOW

    1SOW Well-Known Member

    semi-auto pistols. Rag wipedown and very small amounts of syn. oil afteror before shooting. When the "soot" doesn't want to wipe off the feed ramp, I'll clean it. Depends on the powder , but 500/600 rds usually needs some Hoppe's Semi-Auto and a relube.

    Once in a while I use spray brake cleaner to get in the extractor channel, mag-release holes, trigger spring, trigger bar, Firing pin tunnel, and around the trigger and sear areas. Then relube and start over.

    Only a couple don't get used often, and those I take and wipe down and relube when the urge comes over me.

    I have a family owned Belgium Browning Sweet 16 shotgun (ALL original parts) that is well over 50 years old and 100% reliable that likely started life being fed some 3-in-1 oil on a rag. I shoot it in a local shotgun steel comp. and have shot trap and hand thrown clays with it. My son will inherit it.

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