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how often do you deep clean your?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by loonie, Aug 10, 2006.


how often do you take action for gun cleaning

Poll closed Sep 9, 2006.
  1. every time fired no matter how many rounds

    89 vote(s)
  2. every month no matter how many rounds fired through

    2 vote(s)
  3. every 100-200 rounds through

    18 vote(s)
  4. every 200-500 rounds through

    26 vote(s)
  5. every 500-1000 rounds through

    23 vote(s)
  6. every 1000 or more...

    11 vote(s)
  7. never...

    8 vote(s)
  1. loonie

    loonie member

    just make a test,somebody just hate disassembling and cleaning firearms.
  2. Twycross

    Twycross Well-Known Member

    I clean every time after a shooting session, even if the session of only one shot long. It may not be until the next day, but it happens.
  3. Depends on the gun. Rifles after everytime shooting (not including the AK:D).
    As for my pistols every hundred rounds or so with the exception of my Glock, it runs just fine when dirty as hell just wipe the powder residue off the end of the muzzle and put it away, it will typically go 500 plus rounds before cleaning. As for shotguns..........well does anyone ever clean a shotgun? I just wipe em off, and rub on a little oil from time to time to keep the rust goblins at bay.
  4. Taipei Personality

    Taipei Personality Well-Known Member

    Every 2,000 - 3,000 rounds whether it needs it or not.
  5. ilbob

    ilbob Well-Known Member

    I try to clean and lube each one at least once a year, even if unfired.

    The guns I shoot a lot get more regular cleaning. Sometimes it is a wipe down and gun scruber. Other times it is a field strip and more through cleaning.

    The more through cleaning is generally field strip, soak in kerosene and flush out the crud. Amazing how much crud there is. barrel gets the hoppes and brass brush treatment after the kerosene soak.

    Most guns as long as you do not use corrosive ammo do not really need to be cleaned anywhere near as much as we tend to clean them. Many people learned in the military to become fanatic gun cleaners. I suspect the main reason for that is not so much that they need all that much cleaning, but more as a means of becoming more familiar with the issued firearm. If you clean it often, you learn to do it pretty quick. That could make a difference in a shooting war.

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    I clean and lube as needed. Depending on the gun and load that might be every couple hundred rounds to every 5000+ rounds. None of the residue in a gun is abrasive, so corrosion protection is all I really worry about.
  7. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I carry Glocks and corrosion resistant revolvers (Titanium, stainless, aluminum alloy) and a 380 AMT Backup on occasion, also stainless, so they get cleaned every time I shoot the dust out of the barrel.:)
    I'm a bit more picky about my Bushmaster.

  8. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    If I shoot it, I clean it.

    I will admit I don't take the guns ALL the way down, but I do strip them as far as is practical- unless something is malfunctioning, there's no need to remove all the itty bitty parts.
  9. fordfan485

    fordfan485 Well-Known Member

    If I shoot it its cleaned to inspection quality
  10. dschwartz69

    dschwartz69 Active Member

    I field strip and clean (or whatever you would call removing slide, barrel, springs, etc.) my Beretta 92FS after every shoot - usually the same day or following day.

    I actually enjoy the 10 minutes or so of taking things apart, cleaning, oiling, inspecting for wear/damage - almost theraputic.

  11. Taurus 66

    Taurus 66 Well-Known Member

    Every 3,000 rounds or 3 months ... which ever comes first. ;)

    KINGMAX Well-Known Member

    Deep clean at 500 rounds

    I usually deep clean if it has spent the week in the woods, or when I get to 500 rounds on the range, which ever comes first.

    I always field strip and clean after each trip to the range. Deep cleaning comes when the weapon has spend the week in the woods, or when I think it is up to the 500 round mark. I will break it down a bit further and get the grit out of it then.

    I keep my stuff clean, just goes back to training I guess.
  13. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    500-1000. I know about how long my individual weapons can go before they need to be cleaned. I think many gun owners over clean unneccesarily.
  14. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    I clean the gun they day of, after a range session. I usually clean right at the range before I pack all my gear up to go home.
  15. The Real Wyatt

    The Real Wyatt Well-Known Member

    If it gets shot, it gets cleaned

    sometimes I limit how many guns I take out to shoot 'cause I know I'll have t clean 'em all when we get home. My kids and grandkids always seem to have something they gotta do right away as soon as we get back home so I can't expect any help from them and my wife's skin is quite sensitive to gun cleaning chemicals (Hoppe's #9 makes her break out in a rash). So it becmes my job to clean all the guns when we get back.

    I furnish the guns, I furnish the ammo and I clean the guns when we're through. But I derive sheer joy and pleasure from seeing all those young'uns laughing, joking and having fun shootin'.

    The youngest grandson, he's just six, his momma won't allow him to shoot. But sometimes just he and I go for a walk in the woods ostensibly so he can learn to identify more of the trees and bushes (he can name just about every one of 'em in the spring and summer but don't do so good come winter). He is allowed to take along his BB gun that I bought for him and I take along my old trusty bolt action 22. We don't tell anybody that he gets to shoot a round or two outta the .22 at a leaf or stick, we keep that just between the two of us.
  16. Cousin Mike

    Cousin Mike Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's because I'm a n00b...

    ... :) :D :rolleyes: :evil:

    But I clean my guns constantly. If they've been sitting around and collecting dust all week I field strip, run some Hoppes through it and re-oil/grease. I also field strip and do a more thorough cleaning after every shoot, the instant I get home. As already stated, I find it to be somewhat theraputic and relaxing.

    The Real Wyatt sounds like the coolest grandpa ever, by the way.
  17. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    It's important to note that cleaning a gun constantly can cause wear on the parts, too.

    I've gone to multi-level cleaning. Sometimes I deep-clean, sometimes I just throw some Bullfrog Rusthunter or CLP on the parts I've touched, usually I'll clean the barrel with something. Boresnakes are great for quick-cleaning. I'm liking CLP lately, because it's great for intermediate-level cleaning. GunBlast, or whatever, requires a full disassembly unless you like rust and wear. CLP takes it to the 80% level, but I don't mind doing it more often.

    Every gun is different. I try to clean them appropriately.

    My 10/22 gets cleaned when it doesn't work too well any more; my Weatherby gets cleaned - 95% or better - when it's been fired. A bolt action centerfire is easier to clean fully, accuracy suffers if it's dirty, and the gun's a lot more expensive to replace if I get sloppy.
  18. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    Keepin it C L E A N

    Any time they are exposed to moisture, any time they are shot, anytime they sit for more than two or three months, any gun. A dirty gun is unprofessional and an eventual waste of hard earned money. Something about a grungy gun makes sick, what a waste. Plus I'd like to know of any imperfections in my weapons before they let me know by removing a finger or eyeball or such.
  19. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Well-Known Member

    I clean the barrel pretty well, and the parts of the action that I can get to easily get wiped down and lubed with some care. All of the hard-to-get-to bits inside the gun get no attention whatsoever unless something stops working or I just get annoyed that there's an oily dust bunny rolling around amidst all the tiny springs and levers. I have to be awfully annoyed to take out the degreaser and go to town on the gun, because it's a lot of work.

    Edited to add: Oh, the original question. I clean time I shoot, mostly, but deep clean rarely. I've put a rifle away and not gotten around to cleaning it for a week or two, but this is Phoenix and the usual 2% humidity makes it easy to get away with that. My sidearm, every time I shoot it, mostly. I've been known to carry it dirty for a day or a week before I get around to cleaning it, too.

    Yeah, I know, I should be ashamed. But my guns don't seem to care all that much if they're a bit dirty--they don't rust, this being Phoenix, and they seem to shoot fine, clean or dirty.
  20. shllyshny

    shllyshny Active Member

    Every time fired, no matter how many rounds, no matter what gun it is, pistol, rifle, or shotgun. You have to take care of your tools so they'll take care of you.

    ETA: +100 what trueblue said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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