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

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    I stole the idea from rimfire central. when you get it tight it sounds like one of those toys you see made out of a plastic tube with a reed at each end and a weighted slug that moves from end to end.

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    what exactly is weed eater string?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slips73 View Post
    what exactly is weed eater string?
    Go into any hardware store and ask for string trimmer line. They will know what it is. Usually runs about $5 or $10 for more than you will ever need.

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    If you want to push a patch thru it once in a while thats ok,I have shot thousands of rounds thru my 10/22 without cleaning the barrel..22 rifles are made to be worked,cleaning to often can do more harm than good,especialy at the very end of the barrel.I got a lot of this info.from John Barsness,well known writer about rifles..

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    I run a patch through using the patch worm after each range trip just to get out the loose junk then do a deep cleaning every 3-4 trips. I've gone several range trips without cleaning and to be honest couldn't tell if there was a massive difference in accuracy. For reference, I usually go through 250-500 rounds per trip depending on how many people are with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slips73 View Post
    what exactly is weed eater string?
    shoot me a PM, I'll make one up for you, I've got a 50 ft roll of the stuff that doesn't fit my current machine, so it's just gathering dust out in the garage.

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    I had to clean my barrel with a sectional brass rod because it was all i had and there was some carbon build up in the chamber. I am super paranoid about my expensive rifles (who isnt) using a sectional brass rod once wouldnt damage it right? I just pushed it through from the chamber and unscrewed than pulled it out.

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    Boresnakers:

    How are you cleaning your snakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodsJack View Post
    Boresnakers:

    How are you cleaning your snakes?
    I just bought bore snakes for all my calibers and I'm wondering do I use a bore cleaner liquid with the bore snake or do I just pull the snake through dry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodsJack View Post
    Boresnakers:

    How are you cleaning your snakes?
    Take a quart jar 3/4 full of hot water and about a teaspoon of HD Laundry detergent, teaspoon of borax, and teaspoon of ammonia - shake it up thoroughly; then soak the Boresnake in the solution for 15 minutes. Rinse the Boresnake in hot water ringing it out by hand and hang it to dry. You can if you want to, lightly oil the brush portion and store it away until next time you need to clean your rifle.
    That's how I clean them.

    [OUOTE=Crazysanman] I just bought bore snakes for all my calibers and I'm wondering do I use a bore cleaner liquid with the bore snake or do I just pull the snake through dry?

    As for how to properly use one: You put some solvent on the brush portion of the snake; then put some gun oil on the tail end of the snake; pull it through from the breech forward. Usually only one or two passes and the bore is spotless.
    I also recommend the use of Sweet's 7.62 Solvent over the very popular Hoppe's #9; which smells pleasant but doesn't have the copper or lead fouling removal ability that an ammonia based cleaning solvent does.
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