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Old October 22nd, 2019, 12:26 PM   #16
 
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If I did not clean my M1 after a day on the range,I would have had to spend a week pulling targets!



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Old October 24th, 2019, 04:28 PM   #17
 
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I always clean a new gun, new or used, before I shoot it. I generally clean after shooting as well, unless I have hard plans to shoot again the next day. Even then I usually run at the very least a patch with oil, just in case the plans fall thru. The only time you must clean, of course, is when you start to get malfunctions.

I would also recommend that you do NOT use any teflon containing products in the bore. Such practice is discouraged by nearly all custom barrel makers. Plain oil, yes, but products like Break Free, no. Break Free is a great product and I use it a lot but not down the bore. I have proven to myself that the teflon does indeed have a detrimental effect on accuracy.

.22 long rifle ammo accuracy is dependent (in part) on the lube of each specific brand. When testing different brands you should put at least 10 rounds of the test ammo through the barrel before doing any accuracy testing. Testing several different brands is the only way to get the best accuracy out of any rimfire. Asking someone what the most accurate ammo is, is a waste of time, since it may or may not be accurate in your rifle.

The 10/22 has to be one the most fun guns ever made. Enjoy it as is and you simply can't go wrong!
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Old October 24th, 2019, 05:25 PM   #18
 
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dirty 10/22

The reason your brand new 10/22 is dirty, is because ALL firearms are test fired at the factory. I hear people all the time saying they have a gun that has "NEVER been fired", while it may be true that THEY have never fired it, they all have been fired at the factory. No they don't clean them, they leave that up to you, which is the first thing I do every time I purchase ANY firearm, new or used! Some firearms manufacturers will send a proof case and target to show it has been tested. I hope this helps, and congratulations on the new .22, have fun and be safe!
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My first 10/22 I received as a kid back in the 1970s. Although I would clean the barrel and use a toothbrush to clean in the receiver, I never actually disassembled the receiver to do a thorough cleaning. After 40 years of shooting it and never taking it all the way down, it took an intense soaking and a couple of days of letting penetrating oil do it's think before I could get the pins out and tear it all the way down.

Funny how my five-year-old model disassembled much easier.
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Old October 24th, 2019, 09:13 PM   #20
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When I was drafted in the late 70's we had to clean our MAS-49 after every use. There was a Sargent wearing white gloves who would check our work and of course would yell at us every time because it's pretty much impossible to get a gun that clean. And now I can't help it, I must clean my guns thoroughly everytime. And I detail strip a few times a year. If I occassionally skip one between-range-trip-cleaning with my MKIII, it bugs the hell out of me.

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I really never have to clean it again? Not even after a few thousands rounds? I'm new to shooting! All I've seen and read says I should clean the gun every so often! I'm confused! Sorry for my ignorance on gun maintenance, but this is why I ask questions, so I can learn!

Thank you for all your replies! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to answer my question! Greatly appreciated!

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Mike!
My Daddy taught me to clean firearms after each use . I bought my 10/22 in 1972 , cleaned after each use and it's still in excellent shape .
I taught my two children to shoot with it and like my Dad instructed...clean after every use .
Don't fall for the "never clean it horse pucky " that's poor advice .

A bore snake is a good way to clean a 10/22 barrel quickly when a rod and brush are not at hand .

The stuff in your new barrel was preservative applied to the new cut barrel to prevent rusting . After shooting and cleaning leave a film of CLP in the bore...to prevent rust .
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Before I knew better, I did shoot a couple of brand new guns without cleaning them first. Even though they run great now. It still bugs me in retrospect!

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OK so let me clarify.
Centrefires I have always cleaned as I use jacketed projectiles.

Here I'm talking about the 22LR cartridge ONLY.
Unlike most Centrefire cartridges and even 17 HMR etc, the bulk of 22LR cartridges have lubed lead projectiles. And those with copper projectiles are almost always just copper washed as opposed to hard jacketed.

I can only speak from my own experience. I certainly clean the bolt of my 77/22 and other 22s but not the bore. All I do is patch it out with a dry patch and then run an oil patch through if unlikely to use it for a while.

I've found that if I clean a 22LR bore the accuracy tends to fall away dramatically until its settled in again after 10 or 20 rounds.
Again just my experience.

For a new rifle I do give them a good clean to get any factory rubbish out.

I had a 10/22 in the past back before our government stole them from us. As I recall they ran a bit dirty and I did clean the action etc pretty regularly. But again short of patching with oil I left the bore alone.

Will you do any damage to a rifle cleaning it frequently? Absolutely not. So if it makes you comfortable by all means do so.

My mileage varies.

Enjoy your 10/22 you lucky bugger!
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Pull back the bolt and lock it open. Look into the ejection port and clean what you can see. Blow backs are dirty little things. Clean the chamber, breech face, the front face of the bolt. Get the crud off of the extractor.
This is to keep it running.
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Sorry I haven't been here for a while! Ever since our federal election, I have been discouraged! They have elected the same government again! They will ban all military style riffles and hand guns! That will include all AR-15 and semi-auto rifles! They will start around the Nov. 20! I'm so disgusted that I have lost interest in shooting! I appreciate all the wonderful advice you have given me! I also appreciate all the knowledge, I am very grateful. But it's just a mater of time before all those idiots ban all guns like they did in Australia! Once again thank for everything!
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Sorry I haven't been here for a while! Ever since our federal election, I have been discouraged! They have elected the same government again! They will ban all military style riffles and hand guns! That will include all AR-15 and semi-auto rifles! They will start around the Nov. 20! I'm so disgusted that I have lost interest in shooting! I appreciate all the wonderful advice you have given me! I also appreciate all the knowledge, I am very grateful. But it's just a mater of time before all those idiots ban all guns like they did in Australia! Once again thank for everything!
Bummer!
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Here's a rather thorough read on the subject. Read it, then make up your own mind - it's 45 pages long.

http://www.ssvtexel.nl/index.cfm?act...F5CF897974784F
Great article! Very informative.
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