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    To clean a rifle or not

    This has probably been covered countless times before but I really don't know whats the best thing to do so I thought ask ,
    I have a tikka t3 synthetic and blue a tikka 595 synthetic and stainless , x bolt synthetic and stainless and the good old ruger 1022
    wood and blue, apart from the 1022 I cleaned the others religiously . I recently went on a trip and missed an easy deer and the stalker said to me
    don't bother cleaning the stainless barrels as it can take several rounds for the bullets to settle, Now I was using federal fusion at the time and
    I am pretty sure it was these bullets giving me the inconsistency but do I still clean or not .
    The stalker was also a firearms dealer aswell so I don't know

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    Quote Originally Posted by rutland View Post
    This has probably been covered countless times before but I really don't know whats the best thing to do so I thought ask ,
    I have a tikka t3 synthetic and blue a tikka 595 synthetic and stainless , x bolt synthetic and stainless and the good old ruger 1022
    wood and blue, apart from the 1022 I cleaned the others religiously . I recently went on a trip and missed an easy deer and the stalker said to me
    don't bother cleaning the stainless barrels as it can take several rounds for the bullets to settle, Now I was using federal fusion at the time and
    I am pretty sure it was these bullets giving me the inconsistency but do I still clean or not .
    The stalker was also a firearms dealer aswell so I don't know
    personally on rifles next round cleans my barrels!! That said after the very occasional clean I always put back on a paper target as sometimes takes a couple to settle. Each rifle is different though!

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    Don't worry about it. I don't know how many rounds per year you shoot but I give both 270s, the 6.5 and 243 a really going over once a year. Rest of the time I use a bore snake and a squirt of Napier. Regarding the miss, you say easy deer. Is that a 100 yarder off a solid rest with a rifle zeroed for a 100 yards? Bearing in mind the size of the deer and going for a boiler room shot (I am assuming) to miss cleanly I reckon would be about a foot above and below- more so for a bigger deer. Main thing is not to knock your confidence. Maybe go to a target and go back to basics of marksmanship. Trust me, it's worse with a "zeroed" rifle and drop a leg..

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    Clean mine religiously about once in a blue moon!


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    Clean it once a year whether it needs it or not.

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    I tend to clean mine every 30-40 shots but am careful to bring my rifles up to room temperature before putting them away. If the outing has been moist in any way then I pass a patch through soaked in lighter fluid. Haven't seen any issues with altered poi doing it this way

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    Have you checked your zero since you were out?

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    Yes zero is bang on, its interesting to see so far everybody seems to be going on the next bullet clean regime.

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    That seems to be the modern lazy way. I always cleaned my rifles after every shooting session unless I was going out stalking with it in the next couple of days then it got cleaned after the outing. Of course mine did not have a stainless barrel. Cleaning is not the hardship many seem to think it is.

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    I clean mine after every outing regardles a shot was fired or not... Shot over 20 deer since last zero check (February) never missed a beat.

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