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how often do you deep clean your?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by loonie, Aug 10, 2006.


how often do you take action for gun cleaning

Poll closed Sep 9, 2006.
  1. every time fired no matter how many rounds

    89 vote(s)
  2. every month no matter how many rounds fired through

    2 vote(s)
  3. every 100-200 rounds through

    18 vote(s)
  4. every 200-500 rounds through

    26 vote(s)
  5. every 500-1000 rounds through

    23 vote(s)
  6. every 1000 or more...

    11 vote(s)
  7. never...

    8 vote(s)
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  1. loonie

    loonie member

    Jul 26, 2006
    just make a test,somebody just hate disassembling and cleaning firearms.
  2. Twycross

    Twycross Member

    Jun 3, 2005
    FT Bragg, NC
    I clean every time after a shooting session, even if the session of only one shot long. It may not be until the next day, but it happens.
  3. Nathan Williams

    Nathan Williams member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Depends on the gun. Rifles after everytime shooting (not including the AK:D).
    As for my pistols every hundred rounds or so with the exception of my Glock, it runs just fine when dirty as hell just wipe the powder residue off the end of the muzzle and put it away, it will typically go 500 plus rounds before cleaning. As for shotguns..........well does anyone ever clean a shotgun? I just wipe em off, and rub on a little oil from time to time to keep the rust goblins at bay.
  4. Taipei Personality

    Taipei Personality Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    North Carolina
    Every 2,000 - 3,000 rounds whether it needs it or not.
  5. ilbob

    ilbob Member

    Jun 14, 2006
    I try to clean and lube each one at least once a year, even if unfired.

    The guns I shoot a lot get more regular cleaning. Sometimes it is a wipe down and gun scruber. Other times it is a field strip and more through cleaning.

    The more through cleaning is generally field strip, soak in kerosene and flush out the crud. Amazing how much crud there is. barrel gets the hoppes and brass brush treatment after the kerosene soak.

    Most guns as long as you do not use corrosive ammo do not really need to be cleaned anywhere near as much as we tend to clean them. Many people learned in the military to become fanatic gun cleaners. I suspect the main reason for that is not so much that they need all that much cleaning, but more as a means of becoming more familiar with the issued firearm. If you clean it often, you learn to do it pretty quick. That could make a difference in a shooting war.

    HSMITH Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    I clean and lube as needed. Depending on the gun and load that might be every couple hundred rounds to every 5000+ rounds. None of the residue in a gun is abrasive, so corrosion protection is all I really worry about.
  7. Biker

    Biker Member

    Mar 10, 2005
    I carry Glocks and corrosion resistant revolvers (Titanium, stainless, aluminum alloy) and a 380 AMT Backup on occasion, also stainless, so they get cleaned every time I shoot the dust out of the barrel.:)
    I'm a bit more picky about my Bushmaster.

  8. Technosavant

    Technosavant Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    If I shoot it, I clean it.

    I will admit I don't take the guns ALL the way down, but I do strip them as far as is practical- unless something is malfunctioning, there's no need to remove all the itty bitty parts.
  9. fordfan485

    fordfan485 Member

    May 16, 2006
    If I shoot it its cleaned to inspection quality
  10. dschwartz69

    dschwartz69 Member

    Jul 24, 2006
    I field strip and clean (or whatever you would call removing slide, barrel, springs, etc.) my Beretta 92FS after every shoot - usually the same day or following day.

    I actually enjoy the 10 minutes or so of taking things apart, cleaning, oiling, inspecting for wear/damage - almost theraputic.

  11. Taurus 66

    Taurus 66 Member

    Dec 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Every 3,000 rounds or 3 months ... which ever comes first. ;)

    KINGMAX Member

    May 11, 2006
    Central North Carolina
    Deep clean at 500 rounds

    I usually deep clean if it has spent the week in the woods, or when I get to 500 rounds on the range, which ever comes first.

    I always field strip and clean after each trip to the range. Deep cleaning comes when the weapon has spend the week in the woods, or when I think it is up to the 500 round mark. I will break it down a bit further and get the grit out of it then.

    I keep my stuff clean, just goes back to training I guess.
  13. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 19, 2002
    500-1000. I know about how long my individual weapons can go before they need to be cleaned. I think many gun owners over clean unneccesarily.
  14. ocabj

    ocabj Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Riverside, CA
    I clean the gun they day of, after a range session. I usually clean right at the range before I pack all my gear up to go home.
  15. The Real Wyatt

    The Real Wyatt Member

    Jun 24, 2006
    South Central KY
    If it gets shot, it gets cleaned

    sometimes I limit how many guns I take out to shoot 'cause I know I'll have t clean 'em all when we get home. My kids and grandkids always seem to have something they gotta do right away as soon as we get back home so I can't expect any help from them and my wife's skin is quite sensitive to gun cleaning chemicals (Hoppe's #9 makes her break out in a rash). So it becmes my job to clean all the guns when we get back.

    I furnish the guns, I furnish the ammo and I clean the guns when we're through. But I derive sheer joy and pleasure from seeing all those young'uns laughing, joking and having fun shootin'.

    The youngest grandson, he's just six, his momma won't allow him to shoot. But sometimes just he and I go for a walk in the woods ostensibly so he can learn to identify more of the trees and bushes (he can name just about every one of 'em in the spring and summer but don't do so good come winter). He is allowed to take along his BB gun that I bought for him and I take along my old trusty bolt action 22. We don't tell anybody that he gets to shoot a round or two outta the .22 at a leaf or stick, we keep that just between the two of us.
  16. Cousin Mike

    Cousin Mike Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Columbus, Ohio
    Maybe it's because I'm a n00b...

    ... :) :D :rolleyes: :evil:

    But I clean my guns constantly. If they've been sitting around and collecting dust all week I field strip, run some Hoppes through it and re-oil/grease. I also field strip and do a more thorough cleaning after every shoot, the instant I get home. As already stated, I find it to be somewhat theraputic and relaxing.

    The Real Wyatt sounds like the coolest grandpa ever, by the way.
  17. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Sep 8, 2005
    It's important to note that cleaning a gun constantly can cause wear on the parts, too.

    I've gone to multi-level cleaning. Sometimes I deep-clean, sometimes I just throw some Bullfrog Rusthunter or CLP on the parts I've touched, usually I'll clean the barrel with something. Boresnakes are great for quick-cleaning. I'm liking CLP lately, because it's great for intermediate-level cleaning. GunBlast, or whatever, requires a full disassembly unless you like rust and wear. CLP takes it to the 80% level, but I don't mind doing it more often.

    Every gun is different. I try to clean them appropriately.

    My 10/22 gets cleaned when it doesn't work too well any more; my Weatherby gets cleaned - 95% or better - when it's been fired. A bolt action centerfire is easier to clean fully, accuracy suffers if it's dirty, and the gun's a lot more expensive to replace if I get sloppy.
  18. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Keepin it C L E A N

    Any time they are exposed to moisture, any time they are shot, anytime they sit for more than two or three months, any gun. A dirty gun is unprofessional and an eventual waste of hard earned money. Something about a grungy gun makes sick, what a waste. Plus I'd like to know of any imperfections in my weapons before they let me know by removing a finger or eyeball or such.
  19. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
    I clean the barrel pretty well, and the parts of the action that I can get to easily get wiped down and lubed with some care. All of the hard-to-get-to bits inside the gun get no attention whatsoever unless something stops working or I just get annoyed that there's an oily dust bunny rolling around amidst all the tiny springs and levers. I have to be awfully annoyed to take out the degreaser and go to town on the gun, because it's a lot of work.

    Edited to add: Oh, the original question. I clean time I shoot, mostly, but deep clean rarely. I've put a rifle away and not gotten around to cleaning it for a week or two, but this is Phoenix and the usual 2% humidity makes it easy to get away with that. My sidearm, every time I shoot it, mostly. I've been known to carry it dirty for a day or a week before I get around to cleaning it, too.

    Yeah, I know, I should be ashamed. But my guns don't seem to care all that much if they're a bit dirty--they don't rust, this being Phoenix, and they seem to shoot fine, clean or dirty.
  20. shllyshny

    shllyshny Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    Every time fired, no matter how many rounds, no matter what gun it is, pistol, rifle, or shotgun. You have to take care of your tools so they'll take care of you.

    ETA: +100 what trueblue said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  21. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Sep 8, 2005
    If you store them properly and use quality lube, they shouldn't need that, because you should find them as you left them. I've shot a gun that was sitting in a pistol rug for 20 years. It'd been cleaned before it was put away in the mid-'80s. It was still clean and oiled when I got it.

    A gun that's just a toy, like a 10/22, doesn't get the same care from me as something I might have to rely on for my life, though. A defensive gun gets a lot more attention.:)
  22. jman74

    jman74 Member

    Apr 29, 2006
    Depends on the weapon. My .300 mag, evey time she get run. My SKS-never. My carry piece, every time i shoot it and she gets oiled each week. My range/comp guns, whenever I get enough of them dirty to make it worth while. I've got an XD-9 approaching 3K rounds and the slide's never been removed. Just add a drop or two of oil before I shoot it. Betweem my 10/22 and 22/45 I can't even hazzard a guess how many bricks have gone down range. Combined number of cleaning is zero. My skeet O/U, even worse...
  23. 308nato

    308nato Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    after every day at the range and if I havent used them twice a year they get inspected and if needed cleaned and lubed.Being an ex auto and aircraft
    mechanic you always take good care of your tools.
  24. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Member

    Jun 5, 2006
    In a part of Utah that resembles Tattooine.
    I am OCD. I was an assistant armorer in the army. I break in my rifle barrels by the book up to 100 rounds. I'm going to be buried with my Kimber, so I better keep it nice. Having said that,

    I was thrilled to death to get an SKS, so that I can take it out, beat it up, and not have to worry about keeping it pretty. I can spray out the action with some GP cleaner, one wet brush followed by one dry patch, AND I'M DONE. Same with my 870. I have a .22 conversion kit for my Kimber, and while I am meticulous with the Kimber, I spray the parts of the .22 kit off, wipe them down, and call it good. I find myself gravitating to synthetics and parkerized finishes, rather than fine walnut and stainless. I don't care for the appearance of a gun at all. I care ONLY about how it functions.

    My dad and I inherited a few guns from my grandfather, including a Model 97 16 gauge with a home sawed-off barrel, an 1917 Enfield, and an M-1 Carbine. I don't know if they had EVER been cleaned. I spent a week finding all the metal on them. But they still worked.

    Bear with me: Eddie Van Halen never changes his strings. He plays them until they break. His philosophy is, failure is inevitable, so why bother before they break? BUT, Eddie has a rack of backup guitars, and a tech who will hand him new ones, and makes sure they are ready before the show. Even if Eddie doesn't care, his tech does, because he is doing the real work, and has to fix anything that breaks. The rest of us, who don't have that luxury, have to make sure they work the first time. Yes, it's life and death with your PD weapon, but it would still suck to lose big game over a gooey firing pin or a fouled bore. (Has anyone else seen a guy lose a game shot because he thought he could pull a surplus Garand out of the box, go straight to the field to hunt, and get mad when the cosmoline in the firing pin channel causes a FTF?)

    The only piece of advice I ever read in the magazines that had me scratching my head, was one editor who shoots, strips, cleans thoroughly, reassembles, and shoots one magazine of his favorite PD loads to make sure everything functions correctly. (?!) I just was thinking, "Why clean it if you are going to strap it back on dirty again?" Every gun has a failure rate. Just because you haven't found it yet doesn't mean it isn't there. If your PD pistol should consistently fire 200 rounds of your PD load without failure, why start the counter ticking before you even put it on? The whole idea is to do everything you can to minimize Murphy factor. When in doubt, keep it clean.
  25. solareclipse

    solareclipse Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    Inbetween FL and TN

    i wipe the outside after hadnling/shooting but i don't actually clean it unless it needs it.
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