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A little oil in the bore after cleaning.

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  1. emilianoksa

    emilianoksa Member

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    It's standard practice, I believe to put a thin film of oil in a bore before putting your gun back in its cabinet.

    Two questions, if you'd be so kind.

    1. Is it best to put what you consider to be a thin film on the bore and then leave it? Or is it more advisable to put a little more oil in the bore and then run a dry patch through to remove most of it, leaving a thin film?

    2. In the event of a thin film of oil not being quite as thin as one had supposed, is it better, for people who store their guns butt down and barrel up, to leave a snap cap in the chamber or pack the chamber with paper towel to prevent oil seeping into the action?
     
  2. dirtyone55

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    I always put a bit of oil on a pad, run it through the barrel, put it in the cabinet, and have never had a problem.
     
  3. flashhole

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    I will seldom put oil down the barrel of my rifles but do it regularly on my shotguns. I use mine often so the need is not as great but a thin coat of gun oil can't hurt.
     
  4. AK103K

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    No oil in my barrels. As a matter of fact, no oil on any of my guns.

    I use Eezox. No need to dry patch before use.
     
  5. briansmithwins

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    I store firearms with oil in the bore. I also always run a dry patch thru the bore before shooting. I grew up in NM and dust/sand was a bigger problem than rust. I also store weapons muzzle down. BSW
     
  6. Walkalong

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    An oily patch through the bore after cleaning before storing.
     
  7. mgregg85

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    If i'm not gonna use it within the next few days I oil the bore pretty heavily. Before I take the gun out to shoot it I just run the boresnake through it, this removes the excess oil nicely and keeps the boresnake oiled.

    If I am gonna be shooting it within the next few days or carrying it I run an oil soaked patch through the bore and then a dry one and leave it at that.
     
  8. xd45gaper

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    i run an oil soaked patch, then a dry patch.
     
  9. bang_bang

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    I usually use a thin coat of oil in my barrels on my larger guns, like my shotguns and muzzle loaders that tend to collect moisture when used outside easier than my rifles. Also when I might store a rifle for a long period of time before I shoot it again.
     
  10. CRITGIT

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    For humid areas a "thin" coat is good. But remember less is more when it comes to oil and guns.
    I used to use Eezox which goes on wet but turns to a wax coating. Great for long term storage. Now I use CorrosionX which addresses both perservation and lube. Outstanding stuff!

    They were providing a sample!
    http://www.corrosionx.com/

    CRITGIT
     
  11. interlock

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    If you are storing your rifle for anything more than a week or in humid conditions then oil the barrel. remember, however, before using it to run a dry or better still a swab with methilated spirits through it.

    interlock
     
  12. R.W.Dale

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    I try to make a point of never hunting with a rifle that has a clean bore, doubly so for an oily one.

    I've seen some rifles be almost 200 fps slower over a chrony for that first colt oily bore shot.

    But once season is over I tend to apply a light film of oil such as rem oil or the original breakfree. But again only on after those rare ocassions I won't be shooting in awhile. All in all since I started handloading using newer propellants I my cleaning intervals have became quite extended. anyhow.
     
  13. uk roe hunter

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    "I try to make a point of never hunting with a rifle that has a clean bore, doubly so for an oily one."

    Krochus,
    thats why i use a drop of meths on the barrel before use.

    uk roe / interlock
     
  14. chuck4570

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    I'm old school, no oil, just a patch with Hoppe's #9.

    Chuck
     
  15. JonB

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    After cleaning, I run a patch with light oil down the bore and call it good. Shotgun gets a squirt of RemOil or CLP.

    I don't bother to dry patch it before shooting.

    Just reminded me I should do I quick inspection of my rifles......
     
  16. mljdeckard

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    Because I live in a very dry climate, I clean, and the last thing I do is run a semi-wet (usually with CLP) patch down the bore, and then another dry one after that, to take most of it out. I always at least visually inspect after long-term storage.
     
  17. Geno

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    If I'm storing it, I clean the barrel thoroughly, then apply Rig Grease.
     
  18. trbon8r

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    I run an patch with some CLP on it down the barrel before putting the gun away. I don't even bother wiping it out before shooting. I take my guns out of the safe, go to the range and fire. I've never had any functioning problems, or any signs of high pressure that folks claim can happen if you don't patch dry the barrel first.

    On my match guns, before a match I would dry the bore first, run a patch of Hoppes through the barrel followed by a dry patch or two in case there was a chance the oil residue might cause a POI change until it burns off. But on my blasters, I don't bother, just load and shoot.
     
  19. The Bushmaster

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    I run a oily patch through all my firearm barrels. Even if I'm going to shoot them the next day. The only handgun that I will run a dry patch through right after running a oily patch is my carry weapon. It's no big deal to run a dry patch through a barrel just before shooting it. Besides it proves that there were no obstructions in it before firing.
     
  20. KBintheSLC

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    If you shoot the gun at least once per month, I wouldn't oil the barrel at all. If you will store it for longer periods, then oil away, and just run a dry patch through before shooting.
    Most oil-based solvents like Hoppes will have anti-corrosion properties, so its not really necessary to add oil to non-moving parts unless you are storing the weapon.
     
  21. Frog48

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    After I'm done cleaning, I spray some oil on a boresnake, and run it down the barrel.
     
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