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Rimfire cleaning

Discussion in 'Rimfire Weapons' started by HoLeChit, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. HoLeChit

    HoLeChit Semper Fidelis

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    We all (I assume) clean our center fire rifles after every outing, but what about our rimfire? I’ve heard different stories. Benchrest guys clean after every target/25 shots, Olympic competitors clean every 200 or 500. I’ve heard not to clean until you have a noticeable loss of accuracy. I’ve heard some guys say to never clean it.
    What do you guys do?

    what do you do when shooting match/non match lead bullets?

    copper plated?

    .17 jacketed bullets?

    does this change with semi auto/bolt action/lever actions/pistols?

    what is your process and how has it worked for you?
     
  2. Aries

    Aries Sharpshooter

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    I clean everything after I shoot it. Doesn't matter if it's centerfire or rimfire. Doesn't matter if I went to the range and fired a hundred or two, or if I shot it once or twice to kill an armadillo. I just don't like putting them away dirty. I'm not sure that's necessary, but that's what I do.
     
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    okierider Moderator Staff Member

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    Long rifle whether 22 or 6.5 Grendel I swab clean after every use, when I start noticing loss of accuracy is when I break out the bore brush and barrel scrubber/ copper remover and clean until spotless.

    EDIT: That is what I came up with after watching countless videos and asking a few long range folks.
     
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  4. druryj

    druryj Administrator Staff Member

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    My Drill Instructor would be all over me, deep in me arse if I didn't clean me rifle after shooting it.
     
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    My father use to claim the next bullet fired would clean the rifle just fine. I keep his old pitted 22 as a reminder to clean after firing.
     
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    knock yourself out here are some rimfire cleaning articles.
    http://bulletin.accurateshooter.com/2018/04/rimfire-barrel-cleaning-eleys-recommended-methods/

    https://www.erabsf.org/FAQs/RifleCleaning.pdf


    Personally I used to clean everything every-time after it was shot. Now my son and I shoot so much that I clean them when they show performance issues or I feel like it. The boy cleans a lot of guns when he is bored. I can say I bet lots of precision barrels have been damaged by more over cleaning and bad chemical use than being shot dirty.
     
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