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There is medication available for OCD guys. Wink
 
Posts: 7911 | Registered: January 04, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Probably a stupid question...

What do you guys consider lubing a gun? Just a wipedown with oil? Wipedown, plus lube on rails? Wipedown, plus lube rails & moving parts?

I usually run a bore cleaner, boresnake it then spray everything with gun oil and wipe with patches until clean. Then I grease the rails, reassemble and store it.
 
Posts: 201 | Location: San Antonio, Tx | Registered: October 11, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Field strip and quick wipe down every time I shoot. Detail cleaning/ scrubbing whenever I don't have anything better to do, or when they're going to be stored for a significant amount of time.




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Posts: 2491 | Location: Two blocks from the Center of the Universe | Registered: December 30, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Run boresnake thru bore 2-3 times no matter how many rounds.
Take down slide...Barrel and clean off oil lube and dirt/grit on rails.
Thoughroughly clean barrel throat and firing pin face on slide.
Re-lube all, including barrel exterior....with a light lube, and wipe off excess.
Wipe down magazine to remove excess oil.
Takes all of about 10 minutes...what's the big deal?
Would NOT rely on dirty gun for CCW....but live in the tropics so heat and high humidity are always issues too.
 
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Run boresnake thru barrel 2-3 times no matter how many rounds.
Removed slide...Barrel and clean off oil lube and dirt/grit on rails.
Thoughroughly clean barrel throat and firing pin face on slide.
Re-lube all, including barrel exterior....with a light lube, and wipe off excess.
Wipe down magazine to remove excess oil.
Takes all of about 10 minutes...what's the big deal?
Would NOT rely on dirty gun for CCW....but live in the tropics so heat and high humidity are always issues too.
 
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If I did a "live" function test after cleaning, that would require more cleaning. Wink
 
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Originally posted by Nismo:
How often do you go to the range?

That usually has an effect on your cleaning habits.

And vice-versa.

It was one thing when it was after a shooting session with my buddy, sitting around on the range, kibbitzing and cleaning on nice days. It was quite another when it became a chore. So I ended-up shooting less. A lot less. So, they don't get as clean as they did, but they should be getting clean enough, and they're not just sitting in a safe.

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If I did a "live" function test after cleaning, that would require more cleaning. Wink

Depends upon "how clean is clean." As somebody wrote, earlier (paraphrasing): "If I can't depend upon it to go *bang* when it's a bit dirty, then it's not the right SD handgun for me, anyway."




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Here tis.
Arc hits the nail in the head.
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It was quite another when it became a chore. So I ended-up shooting less. A lot less.
I have two guys I work with and have invited them to the range before - but they 'rarely have the time', because they have to allow for 2-3 hours to detail strip their AR15s immediately after shooting, USMC style (both prior Marines).

I don't think they shoot more than 1-2 times a year, MAX.
 
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I will shoot my carry gun at the range and <GASP> load it and carry it home, UNCLEANED! Eek

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I've done that several times. But then I clean them when I get home. Wink



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I "clean" them after almost every range session. However, "clean" to me means a field strip, wipe down and re-lube and a pass or 2 with a bore snake.




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Every firearm that I own , (as of this moment),is as clean, or cleaner than brand new.
On top of that I lube them ready to run...as If my life depended on it. (Oh it does)


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Originally posted by CLEANDEAN:
Every firearm that I own , (as of this moment),is as clean, or cleaner than brand new.


Of course, it's not lost on us that your screen-name is CLEANDEAN.


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I clean after every range session, but I don't spend a lot of time do it. I wipe it down/inspect parts/ striker function, run a bore snake though or couple passes with a brass brush, re-lube, function check. Same for every gun, rifle, shotgun pistol etc.


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Nah, I just keep them lubed up with grease or oil. Eventually they get so nasty that I start feeling guilty so I show them some lovin’
 
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Thanks for taking the poll and the follow-ups, everybody!

I noticed a lot of you use bore snakes. I've used them on my shotguns, but never really thought to do so on my rifles or handguns. I've just ordered Vipers for everything except my Reach Out And Touch Someone rifle.

I think that, going forward, the Hoppe's and repeated bore brushing will be reserved for the .22 cal things, when I shoot lead. And the Big Ugly Gun.

Or when I get a wild hair and decide to really clean the bejesus out of something Smile




"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system,,,, but too early to shoot the bastards." -- Claire Wolfe

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If I've put 100 or more rounds at a time through a gun, I'll at least quickly strip it, run a brush through the barrel (especially the chamber), inspect and apply or re-apply lube as necessary. Except for the one(s) I'm carrying, I might not do this right away. I do not believe in routine detail (down to every last part) stripping. This isn't necessary unless you dropped it in a mud puddle or something. I also dislike forcible cleaning with abrasives (e.g., burn rings on the front of a revolver cylinder) or scraping, e.g., carbon buildup in an AR. Lubrication is more important than perfect cleanliness.
 
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