Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by illinoisburt, Nov 22, 2022.
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.
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.
This fun gun is a PITA to clean.
I like cleaning guns.
I like getting them dirty too
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.
Yep .22lr is almost the dirtiest round to shoot. The brand doesn't matter they are all dirty.
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.
Same. And the first and last choices are the same. Need more/better choices in this poll, IMO.
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.
Henry’s have a tendency to get dirty. I’d step that up to once per week.
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.
Where's the link for the guy who'll come out and do the shooting for you?
I want to make one exception. If I'm shooting corrosive ammo, I clean my gun as soon as I return home.
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.
The "cleaning" is more of a conservation and rust prevention and my guns are worth that to me.
A dirty Korth just does not look as nice.
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