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How often do you clean your gun.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by KaceCoyote, Mar 25, 2004.

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How often do you clean?

  1. Between magazines.

    2 vote(s)
    1.3%
  2. Only when I shoot it.

    115 vote(s)
    71.9%
  3. Once a month or so.

    29 vote(s)
    18.1%
  4. Uhm, people clean them?

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    8.8%
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  1. KaceCoyote

    KaceCoyote Member

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    I'm starting to feel like I'm overcleaning here. I usually clean after the range, the day after the range..and atleast once a week.
     
  2. Renegade

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    I clean my guns after shooting them. I used to clean them once a week or if I was looking for an excuse not to do something on the wife's honeydo list.

    Later,

    Dave
     
  3. Hardtarget

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    I wipe guns every time they're shot...to remove finger prints ect. and to keep down rust. I usually run a patch down the bore,too. I completely clean my carry piece every time I shoot it. Just makes me feel better.
    Mark.
     
  4. tc300mag1

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    I clean after the range and then once a month if need which is uauslly a wipe down more than clean
     
  5. Black Majik

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    After every range session. None of my guns go unshot for a month anyways so after a range session is adequate enough for me :)

    Oh, and after I buy a new gun. Which means I gotta bust out the cleaning kit and clean my new S&W 686 PP :D
     
  6. scromp

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    I clean after the range and then once a month if need which is uauslly a wipe down more than clean

    Same here. Clean real good after firing, otherwise a regular rust protection wipe-down.
     
  7. Michigander

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    Only after I shoot. If I'm hunting deer for days at a time, I wipe it them down at the end of each day, but I don't clean the barrel or chamber.

    I also wipe them down if I happen to handle them for any reason.
     
  8. 444

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    I clean mine:
    A) When they start to malfunction (as a general rule of thumb somewhere around 500 rounds).
    B) If I have no intention of shooting it for awhile prior to returning it to the safe (I train with the same guns all the time. The rest are just for fun now and then).
    C) Prior to attending a formal training class or a match.
     
  9. JeepDriver

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    Every time I shoot.

    If it's just a quick mag or two I just give it a whipe down But if its 50 rounds of more it gets totally cleaned.
     
  10. CleverNickname

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    Most guns get cleaned after coming back from the range, but one of my G19s that I shoot IDPA with every week hasn't been cleaned in ~5k rounds or so. Just a little lube every once in awhile. It's a combination of laziness and curiosity to see how long it can go w/o a cleaning.
     
  11. Nickotym

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    I clean my after range trips, which I hope to make one of tomorrow, and about every 2-3 weeks if not out shooting before then.
     
  12. Zach S

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    There are 5 votes for "Uhm, people clean them?"

    I'm one of them. I keep my thompson clean, but its blued and rarely fired. I will pull the slide off, wipe the rails down, re-lube, and boresnake my pistols every other range session or so (oil every session), but I normally dont actually "clean" them untill I change the recoil spring.
     
  13. Cyberdyne systems

    Cyberdyne systems Member

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    I clean then after each range session, and sometimes clean them again or "detail clean" them by getting every nook and cranny and going over it with a fine tooth comb, sometimes you will find a broken or worn part when you pay close attention by detail cleaning, i like to know my gun like the back of my hand
     
  14. Smoke

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    Only after I shoot. But not after every time I shoot.

    Depends on # of rounds. Other factors.

    Smoke
     
  15. sm

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    No Comment :p
    I'm one of the "5". ;)

    Okay, it depends, my bbls are great, guns accurate, the actions and such are in tip top shape, no rust, and inspect ,maintanence, and normal stuff like spring replacements are done.Chambers are clean and dry, extractors, and ratches are - well...clean, dry and extract everytime. They feed everytime. They go "Bang" everytime.

    No I do not "baby" my guns...they get used, not mistreated. Well they have taken swims, fallen in mud, snow,been sweated upon, and run into stuff...ya know...normal. ;)

    Well just last fall ( '03) I cleaned the bbl on one CCW, and...and...what 3 wks ago had to remove the BBQ and powdered donuts off the grips...:D
     
  16. Gus Dddysgrl

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    I shoot often enough they don't get dirty just sitting around, but I don't go so often that they are constantly being cleaned.

    I don't obsessively clean anything, in fact I hate cleaning. I do know my gun looks really bad after shooting it so I keep it clean. I mean come on my gun has to make me look good or I won't carry it. ;) :D :neener: :evil:
     
  17. Sydwaiz

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    There needs to be another choice up there. "When it malfunctions"

    Actually, it depends on the gun and type of gun for me. My target or collector guns like my CG-63 or my Windrunner get cleaned after every trip though it may take a day or so. Mainly to get the copper fouling out so accuracy doesn't fall. My semi-autos or plinkers get cleaned when they don't cooperate.
     
  18. MikeB

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    There really should have been an option for I have too many to clean once a month or so. If I tried to clean every one of my firearms once a month, I'd be finishing up about the time I had to start cleaning the first one again.

    That being said. My carry get's cleaned every time I shoot it. All others get cleaned if more than 50 rounds are shot at a single session, or if they've been to several sessions at the range. Anything that has had corrosive ammo shot out of it get's cleaned immediately after getting home. And the rest get checked out cleaned every now and then some not for months. I have a few that haven't been fired, touched, cleaned for years; other than a quick check for surface rusting excetera.
     
  19. Ala Dan

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    Clean 'em on a "as needed" basis. This can vary? If
    I use 'em, I don't drive 'em hard, and put 'em dirty!
    OTHO, if they just sit on the shelf and collect dust,
    they get cleaned at least every 4 to 6 weeks.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  20. PATH

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    The .22lr 10/22's every now and again. All my other firearms get TLC on a regular basis!
     
  21. Marshall

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    After I shoot, that very day. After I hunt, even if I don't shoot. Then once every three or four weeks for good measure.
     
  22. gulogulo1970

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    I voted only when I shoot them. Except, some of my guns that I may not have shot in awhile, especially the blued ones, get cleaned about every 3 months or so.

    If for whatever reason if I can't clean guns right after I shoot them I don't feel right until I do. I'm only like that about guns, I don't think I washed my car last year at all.
     
  23. OF

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    I clean it when it gets so bad I can't touch the thing without it leaving black marks all over my hands and/or when I can notice the slide start to cycle more slowly due to the crap build up. <BLAM!> <keeer chuuunk> <BLAM!> <keeer chuuunk>

    Two things I will do: clean off the front sight so I can see the dot again and brush out the mag bodies. Anytime the mags get dropped on the ground a bunch they get brushed out.

    - Gabe
     
  24. Pumpkinheaver

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    It depends, if it's one of my serious guns(home defense etc...) then I clean after every use. If it's just a plinker such as mr ruger 22/45 I only clean it when it starts to get feeding or ejection problems.
     
  25. Fudgie Ghost

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    Every ten minutes.
     
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