Quantcast

Cleaning Bore

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MtnCreek, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    4,038
    Location:
    Georgia, Dixie
    How often and to what extent should I be cleaning the bore of a gun that's getting shot several times a week? Chrome lined, if that makes a difference. Is there a generally accepted rule of thumb that powder residue needs to be cleaned out every XXX rds and a plastic solvent every XXX rds? Something else?

    Any cleaning practices that should be avoided?

    Thanks.
     
  2. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2018
    Messages:
    4,593
    Location:
    Up State New York
    I would run a wet patch down after shooting, I've seen where the plastic from wars will cost the bore. The real shotgun guys will have a better answer them me.
     
  3. Steve C

    Steve C Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2006
    Messages:
    4,775
    When I was shooting trap regularly sometimes 2X a week I would run a mop with some bore cleaner through the bore following the shoot. I would always wipe down the outside and bolt face with an oily rag or silicon gun cloth. I'd do a more thorough cleaning and lubrication maybe every 3rd or 4th week.
     
    troy fairweather likes this.
  4. kudu
    • Contributing Member

    kudu Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2003
    Messages:
    3,979
    Location:
    north central indiana
    I wipe my shotguns down on the outside after every shoot, and clean bores after about 1000 rounds. Same with my gas autos 1100's. Usually have a little bit of plastic in the choke tubes, and rarely have any plastic buildup on fixed choke shotguns. I will give them a detail cleaning and strip down about every 3-4 thousand rounds.
     
    Riomouse911 and Milkmaster like this.
  5. eastbank

    eastbank Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2009
    Messages:
    4,113
    I do a minor clean up every 600 rounds, but I do spray a good bore cleaner down the barrel and use a bore snake after every use, with a good wipe down out side.
     
    Riomouse911 and troy fairweather like this.
  6. whughett

    whughett Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Messages:
    1,788
    Location:
    Rhode Island/Florida
    Right after the shoot if shooting blackpowder, one of the downsides of shooting the stuff.
     
  7. PapaG

    PapaG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,308
    Location:
    Il
    Call me a slob but my TB, from 1975, gets a detail cleaning every October, after shooting in two leagues per week all year from April on. I Soak the bore with Shooters Choice/Kroil mix, remove bolt, trigger group and scrub down. Polish bore with ScotchBrite on a brush driven by an electric drill to remove all fouling. Wipe down with oil and give it time off in the safe. 96+% average this year. 1100, gets a fair going over every couple of weeks of skeet. BT99, oil bore after each outing as with the Superposed. Browning seem more predisposed to chamber rusting to me.
     
  8. cdb1

    cdb1 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    3,326
    Location:
    Justin, TX
    I clean my shotguns once a year. They get wiped down after every use. I used to do a thorough cleaning after every use but quit after reading so many times that it’s not necessary. I also strictly hunt and my use is spread across 12 semi’s. If I shot skeet, trap, or sporting clays I imagine I would clean more frequently.
     
  9. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Messages:
    9,213
    I shoot 100-400 rounds a week. When I get home, I pull a Rem oil sprayed boresnake through the barrels a time or two. Maybe twice a year I give the barrels a few strokes with a Tornado brush.
     
    Riomouse911 and troy fairweather like this.
  10. eastbank

    eastbank Member

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2009
    Messages:
    4,113
    I have seen chamber rusting in a few older browning BT-99,s, I,m not sure if they were chrome lined. in my six browning shotguns(they are newer) I have not had any rusting under normal shooting-hunting conditions.
     
  11. rdnktrkr

    rdnktrkr Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2014
    Messages:
    408
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    The shotguns I use at turkey shoots gets cleaned after each season then I pattern them to foul the bore before the next one then wiped down with a rag after each shoot, my hunting shotguns I do the same. I foul every gun before hunting or target practice
     
  12. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Messages:
    2,270
    I have never been a "shotgun guy".....I generally clean them like I clean any other firearm.

    That said from time to time....usually all the time, I am a pretty lazy old fool....so it can go an outing or 13 before being cleaned......and it really is an all or nothing deal with me.

    Is rust more of an issue on shotguns then anything else?
     
  13. John Joseph

    John Joseph Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2016
    Messages:
    855
    After every shoot/hunt.
    Besides being the right thing to do, plastic wads leave deposits.
    Enough plastic deposits can create increased pressure.
     
  14. Jim Rau

    Jim Rau Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2019
    Messages:
    48
    I recently started using the 'bore snake'. It is real easy to use and if for some reason you don't get back to your 'shooting' as scheduled it will leaves a light coat of oil in the bore and 'cleans' it at the same time. I put a mixture of Break Free and Syn motor oil on mine and just pull it thorough when I get through shooting, round count is not relevant. I do this with all my guns, not just shot guns.
     
    Boattale likes this.
  15. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    2,433
    Location:
    Ca.
    I’ve seen/read where a few fouling shots will help a rifle by “coating” a clean bore with residue thereby giving future shots a consistent bore, does a smooth bore benefit from the same treatment? (Do you find they pattern more consistently?)

    I don’t see much fouling left in the bore my shotguns other than an occasional wiping of plastic wad stuff stuck here and there after a day at the trap field.

    Stay safe.
     
  16. John Joseph

    John Joseph Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2016
    Messages:
    855
    The thing is, a shotgun barrel is a lot easier to clean, and clean safely, than a rifled barrel. There is no advantage to fouling a shotgun barrel that I can see.
     
  17. fpgt72

    fpgt72 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2011
    Messages:
    2,270
    At first I was thinking....safely.....how.....then oh yea, it is real easy to pull the thing off 99% of the shotguns out there.
     
  18. rbernie
    • Contributing Member

    rbernie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2004
    Messages:
    21,930
    Location:
    Norra Texas
    Chokes and forcing cones really will accumulate wad fouling. Brake cleaner that is sprayed into the barrel, by the way, will release wad fouling without scrubbing. :)
     
    Riomouse911 likes this.
  19. rdnktrkr

    rdnktrkr Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2014
    Messages:
    408
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
    Sometimes I think the fouling the bore could be mental :), I use .635 chokes, one is ported the other standard, after polishing the forcing cones I'm trying for #8 1200fps shot to patern on legal paper at 58'8". I usually shoot maybe 100 to 120rnds over 3 months. The deer shotguns maybe 10rnds, bird guns 1 box each outing. I've never shot clays so none of them see a lot of rounds.
     
  20. tmd16556

    tmd16556 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2019
    Messages:
    25
    I mostly shoot dove hunting, so it may be 1 shell or 50. I find they get more powder fouling from single shots than shooting enough to keep the barrel warm.

    I’m a clean every time person. Some barrels get more plastic than others, but a wet patch of hopes #9 and a few dry patches works unless you see buildup of lead or plastic on the choke or forcing cone. If those are their use a bronze brush. Remington barrels can vary on plastic fouling. My father’s 1100 is a good case. The late 1970s fixed choke barrel never fouls but the late 1990s remchoke barrel gets really dirty in the forcing cone.
     
    Riomouse911 likes this.
  21. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    4,038
    Location:
    Georgia, Dixie
    Does brake cleaner have any affect on bluing?

    Thanks.
     
  22. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2010
    Messages:
    4,038
    Location:
    Georgia, Dixie
    I assume if using a solvent, the choke tubes will need to be removed. Clean with the tubes in, then remove the tubes to clean them and barrel threads?

    Thanks.
     
  23. rbernie
    • Contributing Member

    rbernie Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2004
    Messages:
    21,930
    Location:
    Norra Texas
    That's a good practice; most folk forget to clean the choke tube threads (on guns with removable choke tubes) and they can get pretty fouled and corroded if not occasionally cleaned and lubed.
     
  24. Milkmaster

    Milkmaster Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,172
    Location:
    Murfreesboro, TN
    One of the best cleaning tools I own is a choke thread chaser for my Beretta shotguns. It will chase out all of the crud in the threads easily without much effort or scrubbing. Just make sure if you get a tool that is for the right choke models your gun uses so the threads match.
     
    Riomouse911 likes this.
  25. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    2,433
    Location:
    Ca.
    Ya, cross-threading those fine threads would be a real pain and probably ruin either the barrel or tube threads...meaning either a replacement tube or it goes in for a repair :eek:.

    Stay safe.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice