Advice on rifle and barrel cleaning.

#1
What is the correct procedure in cleaning Rifles .22 .17hmr. 243 etc. Just wondering if iam doing it correctly and at the right intervals.
Ive also have juat acquired a 300 RUM with a krieger barrel. Is there a different procedure for this barrel and calibre.
 

srvet

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#2
You will get a lot of differing replies. With a cartridge that is as overbore as the 300 Rum I would clean every 20-30 shots. I am a fan of Forrest bore foam but I'm sure others will disagree. A quality barrel like a Kreiger will hopefully foul very little.
 
#3
With a .22LR and modern non-corrosive ammunition I would NEVER clean the barrel. Just leave it untouched. But a toothbrush around the bolt face and the back of the camber to clean grease and powder residue is a good idea after every box or two of cartridges.
 

VSS

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#4
With a .22LR and modern non-corrosive ammunition I would NEVER clean the barrel. Just leave it untouched. But a toothbrush around the bolt face and the back of the camber to clean grease and powder residue is a good idea after every box or two of cartridges.
My .22lr starts to lose accuracy after a few hundred rounds, whereupon I give it a quick pull-through and it's ok again. That's the only clean it gets, apart from a wipe over the outside with a lightly oiled rag.
 

Woodsmoke

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#5
If it's dirty, clean it. If it's wet, dry it ;)

Mine gets a boresnake through it every couple of boxes, or indeed just when I decide I feel like it. Bolt gets a clean at the same time & barrel & action get a wipe with an oily rag before it gets put away. No need to get hung up on the minutiae.......just use common sense :thumb:
 
#6
Cleaning is one thing and as already mentioned will solicit many suggestions ranging from “never” to “after every shot” so I will simply say this:

Whatever you decide, never put a rifle back in the cabinet that has accumulated moisture in the bore without first removing such.

I’ve chosen my words carefully.

K
 
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