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Cleaning a lever action: how often?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by MrAnderson, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson West Wash Co, OR Member

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    I just got a Marlin 336 .30-30, my first lever action rifle. How often do I need to clean it? I put 18 rounds through it at the range the other night. Is it time, or can I go longer?

    I'm still getting the hang of all of this. I have more experience with semi-auto handguns, which I regularly put +100 rounds through before cleaning. With .22lr's, I can even do +200 rounds.

    Just wanting to take care of my rifles. Thanks for any information.

    -Dave
     
  2. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Shoot the gun.

    Clean the gun.

    Repeat.
     
  3. MarkSBG

    MarkSBG Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have heard three theories on when to clean a gun.

    1. Only clean the gun when it begins to malfunction. This allows you to know the limits of the gun.
    2. A clean gun is a happy gun. Clean after each time it is used.
    3. Clean it when it gets good and dirty.

    I fall in the 2nd camp for almost all of my guns. A clean gun is a happy gun and makes a happy shooter. If it is something I will carry, I definately clean it thoroughly and make sure they are running well. Who doesn't like the smell of gun oil, right?

    For items that I hunt with I will sight it in and only clean it after hunting season. I am concerned that taking them apart will somehow throw them off. Maybe that is just bunk, but thats the way I roll...
     
  4. Marshall Tall Eagle

    Marshall Tall Eagle Woodburn, OR 97071 Member

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    As an old Army Master Sgt., keep your weapon clean all the time, before you shoot it and after you shoot it.

    You never know when you'll need your weapon to shoot on target, so don't be lazy clean it and it will clean up for you.

    Master Sgt. Marshall Tall Eagle
     
  5. JUSTIficatioN

    JUSTIficatioN Seattle, Wa Member

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    "Shoot the gun.

    Clean the gun.

    Repeat."

    +1 on this cougfan2
     
  6. jordanka16

    jordanka16 Albany, OR Active Member

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    Clean it every time you shoot, only shot 1 round? clean the gun.
     
  7. TonsOfOregonBrass

    TonsOfOregonBrass Sandy, OR Active Member

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    clean them every time you shoot them, if it is an AK you can go two times. but i always feel like i am neglecting my guns if i don't clean them.
     
  8. svxr8dr

    svxr8dr Vancouver, WA OathKeeper #004404

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    If your weapon sits for a while....clean it before you go shooting, then clean it after.
     
  9. FrontierFritz

    FrontierFritz West foothills of the Cascade Mountains Member

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    Clean any gun any time you shoot it regardless of how many or how few rounds you put through it.
    Do it the same day you shoot it.
    It's a good habit to get into.
    Marlin is a fine line and deserves respect.
    Marlin is still US made!!!!!!
     
  10. SavageGerbil

    SavageGerbil Salem, OR Active Member

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    Burned powder and lead residue is just something to hold moisture and promote rust, weapons tear-down was always a ritual with my buddies after the day of shooting, keeps you from getting bored and gives you time to gloat on good sets/plan the next trip.