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Old 09-08-2010, 11:43 PM
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So when do you guys clean your guns? Most people I know clean them after every use, but me Ill hit the range 3 times before I clean mine....

So we know how often you clean....how often do you oil?

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Old 09-08-2010, 11:46 PM
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:48 PM
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I am conditioned to clean after every trip to the range (USMC) but my dad who shoots competition for the PD says he never really cleans his guns and seems to do pretty well. It seems crazy but he has been doing it since the 70's with minimal cleaning, not his first rodeo at the range.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:55 PM
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I clean the rifles/handguns after every use and the shotgun once when I took it home a couple of months ago.
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I have somewhat of a bad habit, I usually clean the guns I use after every range trip but I also clean and re-lube ALL my guns at least once a month...even the ones that don't need it.

It's funny really, I take better care of my guns then anything else I own haha
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Old 09-09-2010, 12:14 AM
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I'm a newbie but I usually clean after 1 or 2 trips to the range. For longevity I'm mostly worried about oiling the barrel often to ward off rust... but:



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...my dad who shoots competition for the PD says he never really cleans his guns and seems to do pretty well. It seems crazy but he has been doing it since the 70's with minimal cleaning, not his first rodeo at the range.


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after maybe 2-3-4-5 range trips.
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I clean my firearms right after I return home from the range
or by the next evening.

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Old 09-09-2010, 1:55 AM
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When I first got started, I clean every time after a session. Now, after many years, I clean range guns only when they get dirty enough, or when a year or so has past since the last cleaning/oiling.

It's fairly easy to check how much fouling is in the barrel and how much junk has collected in the gun.

This only applies to my range guns. an HD gun is spotless and slightly over oiled (runny oil is then wiped off).
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after the range, and all of them get reoiled once a month.
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Old 09-09-2010, 2:41 AM
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I wipe all guns down after every use. Usually do a light cleaning of hanguns after every use. Rifles get the barrels cleaned after 3-5 or so uses. All the smiths tell me that they frequently see more barrels ruined from cleaning then shooting the barrel out or lack of cleaning. Something I have taken to heart. Know a few guys who have rifles with thousands of rounds and they only get a quick pass with an oiled patch if they are gonna be stored for a long time.
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Right after every shooting session.
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Old 09-09-2010, 5:08 AM
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Right after I return from the range...
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Old 09-09-2010, 5:26 AM
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Basic Field Strip Cleaning = Done right after each shooting session
Relubrication = Once a month
Full Detail Cleaning = Once a year

I clean my handguns religiously and though it may be too much, I believe a well maintained handgun will retain much of its reliability, longevity and value.
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The AR after every outing. The PSL and WASR not as religiously...Every two sessions. Depending on round count which is usually 100+ rounds per rifle. I know my PSL can go well over 500+ rounds without cleaning.
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After years of plinking with surplus Mausers, and the attendant cleaning chores that follow, pistols are a breath of fresh air. No more than 3-4 minutes, DONE. I get it now why people like to shoot handguns. CHEAP, and almost no cleaning effort at all.

I clean when I get home from the range.
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Old 09-09-2010, 5:59 AM
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but my dad who shoots competition for the PD says he never really cleans his guns and seems to do pretty well. It seems crazy but he has been doing it since the 70's with minimal cleaning....

Ya, same here, detail strip a few weeks before a Nationals, otherwise just the bore snake
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Old 09-09-2010, 6:04 AM
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Don't let the sun set on a dirty firearm!
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Old 09-09-2010, 6:06 AM
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Clean mine after every range trip.
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Old 09-09-2010, 6:10 AM
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Old 09-09-2010, 6:32 AM
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I clean my guns after every time I shoot them. By keeping on top of the cleaning like that, it usually only takes a few minutes to clean the fouling out because not much has built up. Once in a while I'll clean them every other session, for instance if I'm going to shoot them again the very next day.

It may not hurt them much by not cleaning often, but I think a well maintained gun shows pride of ownership and will be better off in the long run compared to one that is rarely cleaned. It may be a mental thing but I just don't like carrying a dirty gun.
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Old 09-09-2010, 6:34 AM
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After every single range session. And they're left sparkling.
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i usually clean mine the day after the range trip... oh sh%# i forgot i need more solvent...
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Old 09-09-2010, 7:02 AM
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Mine are cleaned when I get home from a session. I love keeping them looking like new!
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Old 09-09-2010, 7:07 AM
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I shoot insanely corrosive ammo out of two of my guns, so I have to clean them right after the range, or else they get rusty and gross. Even the guns I don't shoot corrosive ammo out of, I'll still clean immediately when I get back home.
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Old 09-09-2010, 7:17 AM
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I clean my rifles at the range as soon as I'm done. Just a quick bore scrub and wipe down and re-oil and then it's packed up. Handgun I clean at home. Do a full cleaning and re-oiling every 6 months or so
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U.S. Army Infantry. If I don't clean my weapons immediately after returning from the range I break out in a cold sweat and start looking around for guys with stripes. Besides, sitting in front of the TV with the game on, a cold beer on the coffee table, and cleaning my weapon makes me happy. Don't ask me why, it just does.
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Old 09-09-2010, 7:32 AM
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I've seen a few guns damaged from over-cleaning or from people that didn't know how to clean properly.

Proper lubrication is FAR more important than cleanliness.

I don't clean the bore until I notice an accuracy degradation. I don't clean the guns themselves unless something's really wrong or I'm diagnosing a functional problem. Otherwise, I just lube them properly and occasionally wipe out the old crud.

Since I started using Slip2000 on my .22's, I've noticed that I almost never have to clean them. To me, that's awesome because .22's are the dirtiest firearms out there.
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Depends on the gun. If I really go through and thoroughly clean an AR-15, then I go to the range and put down 40-60 rounds, I'm gonna give it a couple trips. I'll bore snake it but thats about it. My handguns are a different story. I will usually go through and detail strip out as far as I can with my guns and clean and lube every part of them. Rifles are one thing and cleaning and cleaning them seems to just mess up my groupings so I've learned to just leave well enough alone for a little bit if its spot on.
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Depends on what you consider cleaning. I'll do a wipe-down and lube after each range trip. A thorough cleaning maybe after every 3 trips. Each wipe-down I make sure most the debris is gone and the inside of the bore is clean.
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I thoroughly (detail strip down) clean mine every time I came back from the range, there's an old saying " a clean gun is a healthy gun"
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I clean them after I get back from the range. Since I rotate which guns I take to the range, all my guns get cleaned & lubed several times per year.
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Range/training guns every 500 - 1000 rounds. I keep them lubed between cleaning though. HD-guns get cleaned after every range trip.
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For my .22's rarely (I don't count on them to save my life) to never since it's good to know the drill to clear jams and failure to fires etc. But for my firearms that I may count on such as my 12 gauge and 9mm I clean them after each range trip.
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I am conditioned to clean after every trip to the range (USMC) but my dad who shoots competition for the PD says he never really cleans his guns and seems to do pretty well. It seems crazy but he has been doing it since the 70's with minimal cleaning, not his first rodeo at the range.
There's a "make it look good" cleaning and "keep it running" cleaning.

For most good pistols, the later does not take that long.
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I clean them when accuracy drops off or they start to malfunction. Blued guns get wiped down with an oily rag to prevent rust whenever they are touched. My stainless smith (especially my 625) will go hundreds if not thousands of rounds before they get cleaned. I pretty much only shoot revolvers and most of them were only deep cleaned once when they were purchased and have not be cleaned since (probably only shot 200-300 rounds through them since I like to rotate them in and out and I don't shoot that much)
I would rather be reloadi than cleaning.
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I clean after every session, whether it's just 1 round fired or 600. I also clean every firearm once a month. For me it's two fold though. I enjoy doing it, plus it gives me the sense knowing I've check everything inside and out. So um, yeah, I mainly enjoy doing it! On the positive note, most of my firearms look and operate like new, minus the normal wear and tear. They are tools after all.

I treat my hand tools the same way. Wipe down after every use.
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