How often do you really clean your guns?

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      How often do you really clean your guns?

      I know the best practice is to clean a gun after any shooting session. Sometimes I may put a couple of hundred rounds through a semi-automatic. Other times I may just shoot 50 or less. I have settled into a routine of cleaning maybe every other time, depenting on how many shots. I try to shoot at least once per week, so the guns never get real dirty. Am I bad?

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      I always shoot more than one gun and I shoot a min. of 150 rounds in 9mm and up...When I shoot 22lr I generally shoot 250 and up....I never fail to clean every gun after I shoot it...it`s just a habit I started when I started to practice...Once a year I break my guns down completely to check parts and see if there is and unusual wear....My guns always look excellent and that's the way I like it. Jim

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      Clean after EVERY shooting session, no matter how many rounds.......

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      Range/target guns about every other trip out. Self defence guns every trip out they get cleaned, lubed and inspected.

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      Clean after shooting.....JJ

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      Quote Originally Posted by hyfly1 View Post
      I know the best practice is to clean a gun after any shooting session. Sometimes I may put a couple of hundred rounds through a semi-automatic. Other times I may just shoot 50 or less. I have settled into a routine of cleaning maybe every other time, depenting on how many shots. I try to shoot at least once per week, so the guns never get real dirty. Am I bad?
      your pretty much right on target from what you say. i shoot multiple guns when i go to the range and clean them every time for two reasons: one it doesn't hurt the gun and you know there all good to go at anytime, and two, i don't want to mess up the lining in my safe. however at my local gun club there is one person who is much more experienced than me and he cleans his every 300 rounds. my carry gun is totally different it gets clean every few weeks whether i shoot it or not. its incredible how much dust and lints gets in there just from carrying.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
      Range/target guns about every other trip out. Self defence guns every trip out they get cleaned, lubed and inspected.
      Closest to my philosophy but tighter.I don't carry a clean bore or shoot before at least a couple fouling shots.If I can't have 100 rounds through it and trust it to work,it's strictly a target piece.That's low for a good lead round,a jacketed should run 10X that.My use guns show normal use marks,but are still in very good to excellent condition,my for fun guns look NIB except for operating wear spots.

      Keep the guts clean,the barrel isn't in a benchrest rifle so you may not be capable of it's potential to begin with.Clean is great,butr overzelous scrubbing has ruined more than 1 bore.

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      I clean mine everytime I shoot them, no matter how many rounds I fire.

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      I clean every time as well, but reality sometimes intrudes on my good intentions A second trip before cleaning should not be a big deal (see Rex's comment about guns that aren't reliable after 100 rounds) but for me no more than that. Like 1jimmy I want to know that every gun is good to go when I'm packing for the range. When I'm checking each gun before packing up I don't want to have to stop and clean.

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      Every time I fire them, I clean whatever has been fired. I kind of enjoy cleaning after a shoot.
      Once every other year is a complete break down and inspection.

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      I clean them after each session. Yogo

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      How often do you really clean your guns?
      As opposed to pretending to clean them? Or do you mean getting them "really" clean?

      Seriously though, I clean them ASAP after shooting. Less to forget that way.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Rockhound View Post
      I clean mine everytime I shoot them, no matter how many rounds I fire.
      Me too.

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      I clean my firearms after using them.

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      I clean them the same day I shoot. Every time.

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      Wow. Hypothetically speaking, what would happen to one of those guns didn't get cleaned so often?

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      I guess a better question is, "Why wouldn't you clean your handgun?"

      1. To me, a handgun represents is significant investment, and I want to take care of that investment so it will last my lifetime and I can had it down to my children, and they in turn can had it down to their children - kind of a family heirloom.

      2. If I am going to depend on the handgun for self protection or to protect my family, then I want to ensure it is in perfect working order. One way to do this is to make sure it is well maintained.

      If you don't clean and maintain your handgun, it may develop surface rust (especially true on older, non-polymer handguns), because the oils in your hands are slightly acidic.

      You may experience a degradation in accuracy due to the buildup of dirt and fouling in the bore.

      You may experince a failure in operation if the handgun is allowed to "dry out" or get dirt buildup in the rails of the slide.

      These are just a few examples of what could happen if you don't clean and maintain your handgun(s).

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      I used to be religious about cleaning a gun every time I shot it, even if only one round was fired. Short guns and Long guns alike. Now I'm only that picky with the home defense revolvers. However, the outside of any gun always gets a wipe down, because I detest rust on a firearm.

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      You need to clean them? Really?

      OK, when they quit working I clean them. No, really.
      I inspect the bores and action and if I see a mess in there I'll clean them, or if accuracy drops off.

      My 22 rilfe...cleaned 15 or 20 years ago, I'll get it out to shoot rabbits in the back yard. Never had an issue, no rust or corrosion.
      My 22 Ruger I did clean recently..second time I've cleaned it since 1986ish wen I bought it.
      XDm...cleaned it when I moved from lead to plated bullets - the bore was a mess. Put 400 rounds through it and installed a PRP trigger kit. Didn't even get my hand dirty. (I reload using W231 powder). At about 1100 rounds now and no cleaning.
      Got a SW MP 15-22 and i'm waiting to see how it does. About 400-500 rounds now with out an issue. And like my other 22s, it's working perfectly - and 22s are way dirtier than centerfire rounds.

      I guess I'm in the minority...More realistically I just don't have the time and don't feel a need to clean them as often as others.

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      Referring to prof_fate; I certainly would never go "15-20 years" or since "1986ish" between cleanings. But at what point does cleanliness slip into neurosis? The durability of modern firearm metal processes, treatments and finishes maybe under appricated. Of course we all want to take good care of our investments, but look at what the firearm tool is doing, it's harnessing explosives to throw hot chunks of metal at amazing speed to kill people and break things. I like a clean gun as much as the next guy but if she goes one or two or maybe even three range trips between cleanings no damage will have been done.

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