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Cleaning new pistol 5 times between shots before firing?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jawman, Jan 30, 2013.

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  1. gspn

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    Sounds like the author is a excessive compulsive. Way back,long before folks really knew about such things, you just bought your weapon, loaded it and it and fired away.
    Lots of those weapons are still around today and still shoot well. J s/n.
     
  3. Walt Sherrill

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    Sometime back I found an article by a renowned barrel maker, who talked about the suggested break-in technique for his very high-end guns, and observed problems -- using microscopes when other methods were used. As usual, I couldn't find the article. I did find another (which I had "SAVED") which addresses the process of making and refining barrels -- but this article is focused mostly on long guns. Some of it applies to handguns, as well.

    It would seem that break-in is less critical in shorter barrels, as there is less room for accuracy-robbing imperfections. The article is a good read, and has links to other articles of interest:

    http://www.lasc.us/RangingShotBarrelMakingFeature.htm
     
  4. jawman

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    Haha yes. Bravo. You win the Internets.
     
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    On the "don't clean the bore" side of the equation, it's common for small bore rifle and pistol competitors, and some rim fire bench rest competitors to only clean the bore if they are changing ammunition brands. The theory is that grease on the .22LR bullets affects accuracy, and it takes time to build that grease layer in the bore, and even longer to switch it out via shooting when you change brands.

    In my experience this seems to be true, but I can't possibly afford to quantify it.
     
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    I have actually come home from a range session shooting lead bullets & found the streaks & strips of lead...

    ...found that running a magazine or cylinder of plated/jacketed at the end of the session yielded a bore that was clean enough after a few strokes of a brush w/Hoppes and some patches.


    I lawld at that one too! :D
     
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    I don't actually shoot my guns for fear of the dreaded fouling. I just clean them. Every day. Twice.
     
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    I had a guy at a gun shop tell me about this cleaning ritual. He was actually recommending it to me for an AK I was purchasing.

    I just looked at him like he had grown a third eye.

    I believe in having a clean gun, but even I have limits.
     
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    Only Kelbly long range rifles or other guns in the same class needs that break-in steps.
     
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    Why do people think expensive barrels need break in? They shouldn't have any tooling marks at all that's WHY they are expensive.
     
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    This guy recommends only cleaning it 5 times?

    (sarcasm)
     
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    Clean and lube when you take it out of the box. Shoot the heck out of it. Clean and lube after. The rest is hog wash.

    Or you could do what I do. I never shoot my guns for fear of getting them dirty. I just take the grips off, and leave them in large mason jars of Hoppe's #9 all the time. It also provides me a clever way to conceal my other collections...... pickled pig's feet, preserved horse brains, and jars of urine............ Funny, no one ever wants to go shooting with me or touch my guns for fear that I confused Hoppe's with the formaldehyde or the pig feet juices.

    I know, it's a weird joke..... but funny.
     
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    Well you're half right.
     
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    OK then. I don't really want to close this, but continuing this thread with another few pages of people unanimously disagreeing is also kind of pointless. So, rather than close it, lets just let this one die a quiet death unless you can defend the practice (which, you know, good luck).

    Honestly, I am not trying to be the big boss of the thread, but criminy, I don't know that I have ever seen such unanimous sentiment on one topic, and I am not going to leave this open if there isn't going to be anything more than more unanimity.
     
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    Lol, I enjoyed reading that. And yes, I completely agree - let's just let this die as it should. Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's responses and am thankful for their input. Many of them gave me a good laugh. And if there's anyone out there that thinks they can defend this practice, I doubt they have the courage to speak up about it on here now that there's 3 pages of people not only disagreeing, but downright laughing at this unnecessary overkill practice of cleaning to break in a new pistol. And I'll be honest, I figured it was over the top but really wanted to see everyone's responses to it. There are some great users on THR and it's always fun to hear from them, even if it's not only about knowledge but has some entertainment value to add as well.
     
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