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Clean your own guns?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by illinoisburt, Nov 22, 2022.

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What is you gun cleaning routine?

  1. Run until they stop, knock off the gunk and carry on.

    12 vote(s)
    7.8%
  2. It's a chore that usually gets done.

    109 vote(s)
    71.2%
  3. It's a passion, white gloves drill instructors don't know clean.

    29 vote(s)
    19.0%
  4. I prefer to have someone else do it for me.

    0 vote(s)
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  5. Over-hyped nonsense, they don't need cleaning.

    3 vote(s)
    2.0%
  1. BJung

    BJung Member

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    I wash my clothes when it's about time; they smell or look too dirty. I do about the same with my guns.
     
  2. kidneyboy

    kidneyboy Member

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    One of the indoor ranges I go to has a young lady clean their rental guns weekly. She will clean customer handguns for $25 and rifles for $35. I have her clean my Henry once a year. I clean all my other guns.
     
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  3. Theinkman

    Theinkman Member

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    I own guns, I shoot guns, I clean guns. That's the way I roll. Don't particularly like cleaning guns but I like knowing my guns are well maintained and taken care of.
     
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  4. entropy

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    The last shop I worked at charged $50 for a disassembly, detail cleaning, function check & test fire. (If we had ammo for it) Ultrasonic cleaning doubled that. I actually enjoyed doing the regular cleanings more. We do have one local guy that advertises in the free papers for gun cleaning, no idea what he charges. Some that might be willing to do so probably balk at ITAR and or believe they have to have an FFL. I turn away request to clean guns all the time.
     
  5. sparkyv

    sparkyv Member

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    Me too:


    This fun gun is a PITA to clean. o_O
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  6. derek45

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    Found memories of cleaning guns with my Dad when I was a kid. My Mom rolled her eyes at the smell of HOPPES #9

    I like cleaning guns.

    I like getting them dirty too
     
  7. silicosys4

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    I like cleaning dirty guns. Black patches are my thing.

    I hate cleaning semi dirty guns. Waste of my time, doesn't produce enough black patches.

    My guns get cleaned when it looks like i can harvest a good amount of black patches.

    I kid. but really, I don't bother cleaning a gun until its either good and dirty, or as others have said, its going away for a while. I've had clean guns rust after weeks, and I've had dirty guns store for years without rust. It aint the (noncorrosive)primer, gunpowder, and lead residue that rusts guns.
     
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  8. AK Hunter

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    Yep .22lr is almost the dirtiest round to shoot. The brand doesn't matter they are all dirty.
     
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  9. 3Crows

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    There is simply no way in Hell that I would allow anyone other than me clean or work on my guns. I have seen too much weird (word for excrement).
     
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  10. CraigC

    CraigC Sixgun Nut

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    You're supposed to clean them??? Damn.

    I worked in a gun shop nearly 30yrs ago and a good bit of their gunsmithing services involved cleaning customer guns. Then they got their house slave to do it, me. I was young and dumb and loved it and at that point in my life, I had not yet figured out what a waste of time it was. :p
     
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  11. frogfurr

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    One thing I have learned over the years is that it's better to use and care for my own expensive equipment rather than to have someone else borrow, use, or handle it. I found that took me more time and money to return to return these items back to their original state than if I had just kept them to myself in the first place.
     
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  12. JEBruns

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    Same. And the first and last choices are the same. Need more/better choices in this poll, IMO.
     
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  13. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Member

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    Another none of the above vote for me.

    I believe there is a lot of over hyped nonsense with gun cleaning but that doesn’t mean a bit of it is true. I haven’t cleaned my primary hunting rifle for 3 seasons and it would be more than that if I hadn’t just acquired it 3 years ago.
     
  14. Ru4real

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    Henry’s have a tendency to get dirty. I’d step that up to once per week.
     
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  15. Larry in wyoming

    Larry in wyoming Member

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    Actually @Scout21 if you get into a good prairie dog town it's really easy to shoot a rifle to the point where it loses a lot of accuracy due to copper build up in the grooves. And I've shot enough 22s through my ruger mkII to have extraction issues due to powder residue on the bolt face. But that took years to happen.
     
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  16. Outlaw75

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    Where's the link for the guy who'll come out and do the shooting for you?
     
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  17. Fine Figure of a Man

    Fine Figure of a Man Member

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    Cleaning guns isn't a chore or a ritual, it's just part of shooting and owning guns.
     
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  18. Rshooter

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    If I take a gun shooting I will swab the bore and the gun afterwards unless they are used heavily. I check the lube before shooting. Other than that, all of my guns get an annual cleaning. I cleaned guns to white glove in the USMC and do not see the point in that anymore. We used to overclean in the military. I remember that Jeep battery posts used to wear out due to overzealous cleaning.
     
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  19. Steel Horse Rider

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    I clean my guns after every range trip. By clean I mean that I pull a bore snake through twice and wipe down the outside with a rag and some CLP.
     
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  20. Picher

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    The old saying: "The sun should never set on a dirty gun." is adhered to here. I've been a professional gunsmith and always clean, or at least wipe-down any gun taken out of the house. Before that, I ruined a rifle many years ago, when I put my .22-250 varminter away in the walk-in closet in our apartment because I was too busy and left it leaning against a sanitary system roof vent, back in the 1960s. Back then, we didn't always clean our varmint rifle bores because we believed that it would change dirty-barrel POI if cleaned. Guns coming back from shooting these days are cleaned before being put away. NO EXCEPTIONS here.
     
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  21. GBExpat

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    :what: :scrutiny: Wow.
     
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  22. BJung

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    I want to make one exception. If I'm shooting corrosive ammo, I clean my gun as soon as I return home.
     
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  23. kalielkslayer

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    There are significantly different levels of cleaning.
    I have rifles that shoot better their first 25 rounds after cleaning, then accuracy dwindles. I have other rifles that shoot better “dirty.” I don’t remove trigger assemblies but every few years.

    I don’t disassemble bolts unless I have a problem with the extractor.

    That washing machine photo reminded me of how I used to clean the trigger assembly on my Browning B80s. In sub/zero weather I would run them “dry” goose hunting.

    Shotgun bores??? I haven’t cleaned one in 25+ years, maybe I should? But I pattern each shotgun with whatever “new” load I shoot through it. If I’m not satisfied, I change loads.

    Muzzleloader, religiously. Even though I use BH209 in my inlines.

    revolvers? I clean the cylinders and bore pretty regular. I shoot a lot of .38 spl in my .357s. I don’t want buildup in the cylinders.

    Semi auto handguns I clean a few times a year depending on usage. I’m not a high volume shooter, maybe 2,500 rounds a year with handguns so they usually get cleaned every 4-500 rounds.

    I have one lever action rifle I’m afraid to disassemble because I’m not familiar with its inner workings so it gets carburetor cleaner occasionally.

    Exteriors get cleaned and oiled every time they are in humid weather, or someone put their grimy hands on them. But I have recently been getting my guns Cerakoted to prevent rust on the exterior.

    That’s what works for me. I live in a super dry climate. Our humidity is usually below 20% unless it’s raining/snowing so I don’t worry about rust like I would in the south.
     
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  24. Skoghund

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    The double rifle, shot guns and the combi get cleaned after every hunting trip. The Mauser M03 gets cleaned when I feel like it or it gets wet. The .22 lr never gets cleaned. If I had money I would get the man servant to clean my guns.
     
  25. PzGren

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    I have a lot of traditional blued firearms and at least wipe them down after using them and run a bore brush and mop through them. My cheap carry gun, a SIG Sauer P365 is only getting cleaned, oiled and inspected once a week.

    The "cleaning" is more of a conservation and rust prevention and my guns are worth that to me.

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    A dirty Korth just does not look as nice.

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