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Do you clean magazines?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by chevyforlife21, Mar 17, 2012.

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  1. chevyforlife21

    chevyforlife21 Member

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    Do you lube the metal body's follower and spring how often?
     
  2. BCCL

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    I wipe them down after each range session, take them apart maybe once a year.
     
  3. The Sarge

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    Yup.
    How often? I dunno. When the mood hits me.
     
  4. B!ngo

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    Well of course. They've got moving parts so they get cleaned. Also, like changing your oil in your own car, it's an opportunity for a detailed inspection which, in the case of mags, may be more important than the cleaning.
     
  5. beatledog7

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    Only when one gives me trouble.
     
  6. earlthegoat2

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    Every so often. Interpret how you will.
     
  7. HOOfan_1

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    I only take them apart every 3rd or 4th range session...they can be a pain to put back together.

    I always go over the inside of the frame and the outside of my magazines with qtips and rubbing alcohol though.
     
  8. Coyote3855

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    When I was shooting IPSC 4-5 times a month, a magazine or two went in the dirt on every stage. I cleaned the mag body interior with a nylon brush and the springs with a dry rag between stages. And never used any lube. It only attracted crud.
     
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Most certainly.

    Re-lube with Remington Dry-Lube spray.

    Slicker then owl dodo, won't contaminate primers, and dirt doesn't stick like it does to oil.

    rc
     
  10. Swing

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    On the 1911, yes. Light (very light) coating of oil after a range trip.
     
  11. BCRider

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    Yes, when they get gritty feeling. I've used an oily rag for a very light coating on the internal parts only.

    I'll get some dry lube when I remember to buy some while out some day.
     
  12. igousigloo

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    Probably should do it more often but a malfunction usually reminds me.
     
  13. Gun Nerd

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    Usually around every third range trip. A little spray of Rem oil and a wipe down keeps them happily feeding. I am as concerned about wear as mallfunction.
     
  14. dagger dog

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    Yeah but,I want to know how ya'll get the potato chip grease finger prints off the cover pictures of the latest issue of Handloader ?:D

    A small round "bottle brush" works well,then I "lube" with the same powder mica I use fo case necks,wipe clean.
     
  15. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Once a year unless they obviously need it.
     
  16. SharpsDressedMan

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    Same as above. ^
     
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    I take them apart and clean only if they start giving feed problems. If that doesn't fix it I'll try a new spring, and if that fails, I'll swap in a known good follower. IF that fails I pull the spring, follower, and floor-plate and junk the body.

    The outsides and follower top I generally wipe down before I load them.
     
  18. wrs840

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    That's what I use, and I think it may be the key to not really having to clean them very often...
     
  19. Deltaboy

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    Once a year unless they get dropped in the dirt.
     
  20. Ludasmith

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    I don't lube them as I worry the lube will hold dirt when they get dropped in the rocks/sand/grass as I am practicing at the range.

    I clean my pistols every couple thousand rounds (which turns out to be about once every 2 years) and the mags get cleaned on an as needed basis if they are feeling gritty. I might try this Remi Dry Lube mentioned above if I see it at the store.
     
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    I clean as needed or when I can't remember the last time I cleaned them

    Take down, inspect&deburr, blow/wipe out, dry-lube ("liquid wrench" brand spray for me), re-assemble, test, store or load as needed

    It isn't rocket surgery, it just takes some time and attention. If a mag is a pain to take down I sometimes just blow it out through the holes/slots and clean while holding the follower down with a bamboo implement.
     
  22. M2 Carbine

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    Only when they get dropped in the dirt.


    When I fire such as corrosive 7.62x25 I give the magazine a good cleaning.
     
  23. Ala Dan

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    Probably, not often enough~? :uhoh: :)
     
  24. Swing

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    Ah, the 7.62x25mm, forgot about that one. Yes, I clean and oil them good after that funky old Commie stuff is run through the Yugo.
     
  25. Dr.Rob

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    1. shake the rocks and dirt out.

    2. wipe off with an oily rag

    If it still looks raunchy, disassemble and clean.
     
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