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After the range, is it just me?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Classic, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    So when I'm at the range I always bring a minimum of 2 guns, usually 3 or 4. With each gun I go through a minimum of 150 rounds because ya never learn anything from 50 rounds. Basically it takes about 30 minutes a weapon unless I'm practicing double taps and then it's more like 20 per gun.
    I reload so I save my brass and at an indoor range ya gotta stay on top of it or the neat freak that works there or in the next lane will clean up after you and you'll lose your brass.
    I get home after spending 60 to 75 minutes at the range and now I clean... CZ 75BSA 15 minutes. 1911 including the slide takes 30. My AR's take me 30 minutes and now it's on to the brass. By the time I punch the primers on 450-500 rounds there goes another hour. Tumble takes 3 minutes of effort and I hand prime as I watch evening tv. Reloading 500 rounds takes about 90 minutes.
    So for 75 minutes of range time I spend 75 to 105 minutes cleaning and the another 2.5 hours to do brass and reload so 4+ hours! Dang it's a good thing I'm retired!
    I'm anal about cleaning my guns, gotta clean them even if I only put one mag through.

    Question, do you clean your weapons thoroughly or do you just run a snake through them and call it good?
     
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  2. YoungBlood

    YoungBlood SW Washington Active Member

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    Personally I'll do the snake/swatch with a deeper clean every other time, unless I end up shooting more that usual, which is around 100 rounds.
     
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  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    These days, the only time I clean is when tar starts oozing out of the cracks and pin holes. I don't own sensitive guns- only guns that will run full of mud. And they do run fine full of carbon mud, so long as you keep them wet.
     
  4. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    30 minutes cleaning a AR after 150 rounds? I run a bore brush down and wipe them which takes about 2 minutes. After a few thousand rounds they require an actual cleaning which takes more like 30 minutes.

    I order 5000 rounds of ammo online, it shows up at my door. I go to the range and shoot, pick up my brass and give it to the guy in the next lane and go home and put my feet up.

    If I was retired and had nothing better to do Id love to piddle around with firearms and reload,
    Sounds to me like your going to wear out the barrels with a brush though!
     
  5. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    I need to be that guy in the next lane:D:D
    I run oiled patches through the barrel until they come out clean. It's the BGC that takes so !$%#$#^^ long. Heck I even bought a sonic cleaner thinking it would make it easier and take me less time... Did ya see that pig fly by?
     
  6. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    If pigs could fly, I bet their wings would be delicious....
     
  7. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what I intend to do with the gun after shooting it. If I am going to carry it then it will be cleaned. If I am not going to carry it then it may make several trips to the range be for cleaning. Note here, I go to the range often so no chance they sit long without cleaning.:D
     
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  8. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 guns that I cleaned after round 1,3,5, and 10, and never thereafter. I am still waiting for them to fail. It's an experiment in reliability. One is a SR22 the other a CZ75 P07 Duty.

    All others I clean every 300 rds.
     
  9. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    That's why I went to a piston on my AR.....:cool:
    Nowhere as dirty as a DI AR.....:oops:
     
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  10. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm with Jim - plinkers may see a few trips before a cleaning but carry and home Deffense guns are cleaned ASAP.
     
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  11. blackadder

    blackadder Everett Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yup, and since the two guns I shoot most are my carry pistol and home defense AR pistol, I'm pretty much cleaning every time I get home. HD shotgun gets cleaned much less often for some reason. I can shoot a couple hundred rounds and bring it home and put it right back in its home without even thinking about cleaning it, yet the others get cleaned if I put 1 round through them.
     
  12. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Me? I don't worry about it so much. I have two guns I rotate carrying and they may see a few hundred rounds between cleanings. The last couple of years I've not shot as much as in the past so that may not happen very often. One of those guns is a 1911 and the "normal" cleaning is a field strip and clean. About every 5th time or so it gets ripped all the way, and I do mean all the way, down and scrubbed/lubed.
    My hunting rifle usually sees little shooting except for when it's time for load development. When that happens it'll get 30-ish rounds thru it and get cleaned. Normal years it will get checked for zero before hunting season and the bore will be left that way until I put it away after the season is over. When I clean it, the bore will be spotless.
     
  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I like my guns clean, especially my carry gun. Range guns don't always get cleaned on each use. It depends on the type of ammo and the conditions (was it wet outside?). I've never had a single issue with rust, corrosion or failures due to not cleaning each time I shoot. I simply don't have a lot of extra time, and the extra time I do have, I want to spend shooting. When I do get some spare time, I'll grab a gun or two and give them a good thorough clean and lube.

    As for brass, I never gave it much thought. But now I'm gathering the tools to begin reloading, so brass looks a lot different to me now ;)
     
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  14. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Some of my guns get cleaned routinely but I hardly ever clean the AK-based guns or my target .22 rifle -they seem to like it that way. And if I'm pretty sure I'm going to shoot something again next week I'll let it go. In my safe and in my climate I don't have to clean anything right away to keep it from rusting. So I don't. I'm pretty sure I could store my 870 on the roof as long as I keep a thin coat of oil all over it. Poor thing has been treated like a rented mule but it just keeps running.
     
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  15. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I do a field strip and wipe down about every 500 rounds and then do a full detail clean about once a year. Of course that's not set in stone, they get cleaned when they need it. Case in point new guns tend to need more cleaning and tinkering until they get broke in.
     
  16. techiej

    techiej vancouver, wa Active Member

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    I like to put away clean guns and will field strip every time. Unless there's a problem I just run some patches to clean & lube barrel, chambers and rails. I'll only detail strip about once a year.

    I'm retired and reload and actually enjoy my time cleaning & reloading - no rush and it keeps my costs down and keeps me busy.
     
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  17. NoFlinch

    NoFlinch In a van down by the river Owner of Cocaine addicted dog.

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    My carry gun (as of now) is a G-26.
    I keep that pretty clean, field stripping it every 200 rounds (I shoot lead reloads:eek::eek::eek::eek:)

    Other Glocks, about the same.

    Other pistols/AR, about every 500 rounds.

    I reload pistol (rifle soon), but never load enough at one time to get ahead of what I shoot.:(
    I find reloading a bit tedious, once I find the correct load for the individual pistol.:(
    ie; I load 9's down for my SCCY's, hot for my g-19, middle of road for g-26, etc...

    But getting there/experimenting, is fun.:D:D:D
     
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  18. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Six hundred rounds in an hour is a fair bit of shooting.
    When I go "out" it's generally like 75-150 rounds and probably 2o-40 minutes. Often it's just one gun.. carry gun. I'm a member of a nearby range though.
     
  19. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Clean? What about inspecting for damage or unusual wear? Then repair or tune?

    I clean and inspect a gun every time I shoot it. Inspection is key to sure function and it will prolonging the life of a firearm. I want to spot a problem sooner rather than later. And a gun needs to function when needed!
    I know the condition of all my guns. So when I need it next It will be ready. You see I have a few guns. So I never Know when I may shoot a particular gun next?

    I also clean and inspect my carry gun every two weeks or less. Quick once over with a old toothbrush. And a little lube on the rails. Even If I don't shoot it. It benefits from having the dirt, lint and sweat cleaned out of it.

    I cant know the day I will need it to save my life. But I can make sure it's not broken, rusted or packed with lint.;)
     
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  20. NoFlinch

    NoFlinch In a van down by the river Owner of Cocaine addicted dog.

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    Normally, I shoot my Glocks............so no need to see if anything is broken or not lubed:D:):D:):):):):D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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