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Old November 14th, 2019, 08:23 PM   #31
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I use a patch with a rigid, steel rod. Aluminum rods can carry abrasives and in small diameters have too much flex. Probably more .22 bores are worn out by cleaning rods rubbing the muzzle etc. than by shooting.

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Old November 15th, 2019, 04:34 AM   #32
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Whenever they seem dirty. I used to clean them every time. These days that's obtrusive. I'll usually go out to shoot a mag or two. I just got my first bore snake a few months ago.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 05:20 AM   #33
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every time I shoot it, brush and patches, all probably because I AM OLD!!
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Old November 15th, 2019, 06:53 AM   #34
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After every or every other trip to the range, I use brass, patches, Q-tips, and a toothbrush. Like rickclark28, I also find it fun to clean!
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Old November 15th, 2019, 08:01 AM   #35
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Depends on the gun and the round count

For my Mark III 22/45 I usually use a boresnake just because it is such a pain to reassemble, and the round count is usually small. Once in a while I tear it down for a good cleaning with brush and patches, but I have to watch a Youtube video to get it back together.

For my rifles I always use the brush and patches. No particular reason other than, it is easier than with the Mark III.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 02:50 PM   #36
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I only clean my .22LR guns when reliability starts to suffer. Too much/frequent cleaning can be more harmful to the gun than if you had just left it alone. (If the gun is somehow your personal protection piece? Than clean it after every use!)

BORE SNAKE IS THE BEST for my Ruger 10/22 because I don't want to shove a rod down the barrel from the muzzle EVER on that gun. Same for my revolvers - bore snake down the barrel from the breach end. Cylinders get the "brush on the rod" treatment. Guns that can be cleaned from the breach end? "Brush on a rod" cleaning works fine.

Never shove things into the barrel from the muzzle. It's a sure way to screw up the crown over time. Then the gun loses accuracy. Then shooting becomes less and less fun and the gun gets 'ruined' and needs gunsmith attention to bring it back to shooting right. That's where the BORE SNAKE really becomes a blessing; saving your guns from damage and saving you money and trouble later on.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 04:44 PM   #37
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I field strip and clean after every trip to the range. Boresnake and nylon brushes for me.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 04:56 PM   #38
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My MKIII is my range gun and I typically put 180 rnds thru her each time. I clean it every time at the kitchen table (to my wife's dismay). If I only put 40-60 downrange I will wait till next time. I use brass brush, bore snake 1/2 the time, patches the other half. Lots of q-tip and tooth brush.
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Old November 15th, 2019, 07:42 PM   #39
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I use a brush and patches to clean. It depends on the guns setup of how often I clean them, usually I wait until there are reliability issues. The 22/45 lite will run better dirty than the M&P .22compact. They both need cleaning after shooting suppressed a few hundred rounds though.
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Old November 16th, 2019, 05:52 AM   #40
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I don't punch the bore as much as I clean the chamber, chamber face, and bolt face. But when I do, I prefer a patch and a jag. A dirty chamber can cause failures to extract, which can be frustrating.

For some reason my .22s are not that accurate after a thorough bore cleaning, especially my Winchester 94/22. That gun needs about 100 rounds through it after being cleaned before I can hope to hit a squirrel at 50 yards.
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Old November 20th, 2019, 05:48 PM   #41
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IMO, just a waste of time cleaning guns that don't need it, and all you are doing is hastening the wear by constantly taking it apart and putting it back together.. There's no gun anywhere that needs to be disassembled and cleaned after running 10 rounds through it, yet a lot of guys do.
of course if you run 250 or more rounds downrange you certainly have a case for cleaning, but if you take between 6- 10 guns to the range like I do, run maybe 10-20 rounds through them, believe me, they'll be ok .. I know I am in the minority, but to me cleaning a gun just because, is like changing your cars engine oil every 100 miles,, Just no real benefit.. I clean mine when they need to be cleaned, and they are 100% dependable always. Maybe every 100-150 rounds mine get cleaned and they are never "dirty"bob
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Old November 21st, 2019, 06:40 AM   #42
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Can i run a bore snake through mine (sporter 22)without taking it all apart?
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Old November 25th, 2019, 07:52 AM   #43
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I usually shoot couple hundred rounds through my guns, so I always clean them after use. If it was very minimal, then nah I would prob skip or wait.
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Old December 21st, 2019, 12:24 PM   #44
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I like to clean about every 100 - 200 rounds. I use a bore guide stainless steel cleaning rod. I like Boretech products and use Rimfire Blend, I run three wet patches followed with a nylon brush with solution on it for ten passes. I then use a short cleaning rod and do the same in front of the chamber to get rid of any carbon ring. I then run another three wet patches and run clean patches through the bore till they come out clean.
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Old December 21st, 2019, 02:02 PM   #45
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So: what’s the consensus on the “never clean a 22’s bore!” Theory that seems popular among bench rest shooters?
And, if this philosophy holds water, I have some follow up questions:
1) What is the basis of the theory? Does cleaning a 22 PROPERLY actually cause increased wear? Or is it just that the act of cleaning the bore increases the chance of a “whoops! Damaged my crown!” Situation?
2) If you never run a brush down the bore, aren’t you leaving the rifle open to rust and eventually barrel putting?
3) If this theory is in fact true, does it also apply to 22 pistols? Eg a Mark iv? How about other calibers? If not, why not?
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