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Thread: How do you guys clean your .22 barrels? Just a patch or full scrubbing?

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    I don't baby my 10/22 with a "full" cleaning. I seldom touch the bore at all. After a trip to the range, I will wipe out the action/bolt as well as I can, with a rag and some Q-tips, but it's a pain, so i don't do it well or often. I generally try to use only brass/copper coated rounds, not plain lead. If I've been out hunting with it, I'll also clean the outside a little when i get home (there's usually grass, weeds, sticks, bark, or leaves stuck in it somewhere!) I also wipe down the scope and clean the lens if needed, but again, nothing fancy. I'm about the same with my .357 revolver: I will punch that barrel whenever i'm back from the range, and just wipe down the outside for debris/dust/mud if i've just had it out for a walk/ride/float.

    I do a full clean on my rifle, shotgun, and .45-70 when i fire them, and a good wipedown after being out hunting with them.
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    For .22s, at most I'll run a Boresnake through the barrel after a range trip. I generally will not clean a .22 barrel unless it's showing signs of deteriorating accuracy. The one thing I do is make sure that the chamber is clean, to ensure proper functioning. This can be done with a Q-tip and gun oil or solvent.

    Smallbore target shooters rarely if ever clean the barrels on their (very expensive) target riles. It's not required with modern ammo, causes extra wear and tear, and .22s group differently when the barrel is clean vs. when it's fouled.

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    Usually just a boresnake if I have run a lot.of rounds through ot in a.day. I will also wipe down the parts of the action I can get to eaisly witha lightly oiled patch or q tip. Almost all of my guns get broke down about one a.year and get a full cleaning, but I tend to shoot a lot. Something that I like to carry in the field for days when it rains fo I can keep things cleaned up is a lengrh of weed eater line that has been cut at an angle on one end and had the.other.end melted into a little button on the other. Just cut a patch and skewer it on the line and run it bdown the barrel from the breach like a boresnake. The benifit of the plasticline is lightwieght, doesn't hold grit and it's cheap.
    Sorry for the horrible spelling and extra punctuation but my gorilla paws and a phone keyboard just don't mix.

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    I like boresnakes too.

    If I suspect any leading, I just shoot some copper plated hi-vels.

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    One thing I heard about boresnakes is that they trap the grit and stuff in the mesh weave so any little pieces of grit could be dragging through your rifles bore. I switched to the otis system because of that.

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    for my 22 rifles I use a pull thru made from .080 dia weed eater string . I melt the end with a match or lighter and allow it to form a molten ball on the end a little trial and error will get to the correct size, on the other end I take a sharp knife and trim the end to a sharp point. insert the point through a patch and run it through so it rests on the now hardened plastic glob on the opposite end. dip it in hoppes and insrt the pointed end through the chamber and pull it out the muzzle end. If its good and tight it will make a pretty good seal and wipe the bore pretty good with a funny sound. repeat a few times and make sure the chamber and receiver area are cleaned up with swabs, and you're done. I'd agree with the others that more barrels are damaged by cleaning regimins than being shot with fouled bores.

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    I used to scrub my guns down after every use. Now I don't. They get cleaned when they start acting up and not working right

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    Bore snake and use it every time after shooting before I put the gun away.Bore snake is handy.

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    i use a tornado brush and patches with hoppes cleaner. i clean after ever few boxs if its strait lead it tends to fowl the barrel faster than the copper coated.

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    [QUOTE=Hank McMauser;1478065]for my 22 rifles I use a pull thru made from .080 dia weed eater string .

    hey i like that idea i think ill make a couple for feild care kit.

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