Questions about going to the range.
Just wondering, do you guys clean your gun during a range session after shooting like 200 rounds or do you just complete the session then go home and clean it up? Thanks!
If itīs still shooting, I let it go all the way to the end.
But I can remenber one time I was using a german brand of ammo (very dirty) and I had to clean it during the session.
Good for me I always take my cleaning kit with me to the range.
So choose a good range bag.
I don't own anything that requires cleaning after 200 rounds to continue functioning. Typically, when I buy a new semi-auto, I will break it in, in two range sessions of about 150 to 250 rounds each, depending on how it is performing.
I did own a Ruger Security Six revolver once that would fail if I tried to fire .357 magnums after feeding it a couple of boxes of dirty .38 specials. Powder residue and melted lead would build up in the individual chambers that would not allow the .357's to fully seat, and therefore the cylinder did not rotate freely. I have not had that problem with my other revolvers, though, and I swapped the Ruger.
I always go home and clean up, the same day, usually.
I'll run a bore snake through one if it's shooting a little squirrely but I don;t try to get more in depth than that.
I've never cleaned any of my guns mid session.
Ditto.....maybe a little oil on the barrel and slide.
Originally Posted by DevilsJohnson
300 rounds is what I currently shoot in one range session, I always clean at home.
It would seem to me that cleaning your guns in the middle of a range seesion is a waste of time and energy since you are just going to get them dirty again. So unless you had a problem with the functioning of your firearm I see no reason.
I used to clean my guns at the range immediately after the session, just to get it done and spare wifey my stinking up the house. The range stopped allowing it though because too many people (not me included) weren't cleaning up after themselves.
Last edited by Wyatt; 10-05-2008 at 12:39 PM.
Thanks for the replies guys! I think I will just wait till I get home. I'll bring my kit along with me just in case but, I hardly doubt that I will have to clean it.
Was there a specific area for cleaning?
Originally Posted by Wyatt
Many or I should say most ranges around here don't want you to clean your guns at the range. The range is reserved for shooters and if you are not shooting clear the lane for the next guy.
Around here, it gets quite busy.
Response to Dredd and Unpecador
No one cleaned their guns in the range proper. They allowed you to use the tables in the classroom (when the room was not in use of course). We would just lay down bunches of newspaper and it was no problem. The side door to the parking lot was right there and provided plenty of ventilation. But as is typical, guys would not bother to clean up after themselves and they had to put a stop to it.
Too bad because it was real convenient to clean and lube right after a range session, when you are already "in the mode". When I'd get home I would just load up my guns for readiness and place them in the amsec box. Done.
This is just one example of why I hate people. (j/k)
It depends for me. My pistols...clean them when I get home, or the first opportunity. My bolt action rifles or the AR-15, I'll run a bore snake through with a bit of CLP while the barrel is still warm. I think the fouling comes out better when it's still warm. I don't ever break down my firearms at the range to clean them.
I clean at home except on a rare occasion when I am having some sort of problem.
I wipe the powder residue off the end of the slide after a hundred rounds or so... LOL
I wipe it down well enough so as not to get my waistband dirty after I shoot it... Then I field strip and clean after 500-600 rounds.
Not sure I can get an XD dirty enough to make it fail... Torture test was over 17,000 rounds before it was cleaned...
Since I'm new to gun owership i'm praticing disassembly on my guns. I went to the range today it does get quite busy after 100 rds through the LCP I clean it for the first time and feel more confortable breaking down at home. I'm meticulous about cleaning the gun anyways. You take your time at your own pace.
I have never cleaned my gun at the range. While I'm there I'm working on the joys of getting it dirty. The cleaning up comes after I return to my residence.
I clean my guns at home...after a dozen or so range sessions.
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My range is fairly busy...I would NOT be happy to see some guy using CLP at the lane while others are waiting.
Originally Posted by Dredd
Even at the outside table would be an imposition.
Originally Posted by Wyatt
Ditto. Especially since my range charges by the hour. It'd be a waste of money for cleaning it just to get it dirty again.
I buy guns that the functionality won't be affected by a few hundred arounds (or thousand even) down the tube. I typically shoot 300 rounds per visit, and clean the guns every other visit or so, unless I know it's going to be a long time before that one comes back out, I will clean it so it's not sitting dirty for months on end.
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