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Old 02-23-2021, 02:55 AM
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I have been shooting about 100-125 rounds at an outing. I figure to double that number maybe as both my wife are now shooting this pistol.

I cleaned the gun this morning before going out for our second day of shooting. As long or if we can keep finding ammo we plan on shooting 1-2 times a week. Should the gun get cleaned every day?
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Semi autos require more frequent attention to cleaning, particularly semi auto rimfires. It doesn't hurt to keep any firearm clean at all times (That's how I roll ). If you're not into the whole cleaning every time you shoot thing, then clean if/when your semi auto rimfire rifle starts to malfunction, and/or, accuracy falls off.
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I clean & lubricate any firearm I shoot very soon after I conclude the firing session. This is due in fact to my career in LE where if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. I did everything I could to minimize this happening by at least addressing matters I could control, i.e., maintenance of my firearms.

That being said, when shooting a large number of .22's in either my S & W 15-22 or my Model 17, I also take along a rod & brush. Especially as relates to the revolver I occasionally brush out the chambers so that subsequent cartridges will chamber easily. With the 15-22 I have not found this to be as necessary, provided the weapon was cleaned & lubed prior to beginning the session.

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Semi autos require more frequent attention to cleaning, particularly semi auto rimfires . . . .
.22 LR ammo is significantly dirtier than most centerfire ammo, so I agree that any .22LR firearm requires frequent cleaning.

I also completely field strip and clean mine after every shooting session.
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.22 LR ammo is significantly dirtier than most centerfire ammo, so I agree that any .22LR firearm requires frequent cleaning.

I also completely field strip and clean mine after every shooting session.
Especially if shooting cheaper ammo. Sometimes thatís all you can get these days. The Aguila 22lr seems to have more waxy lubricant than CCI. Cleaning the extractor and face of the bolt is important on the 15-22 even if you canít get to the barrel.
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I clean mine every time I shoot it. .22 LR ammo is very dirty and semiautomatic .22LRs don't like being dirty.
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Regular cleaning and lubrication is the answer to both reliability and longevity. I shoot 80 - 100 rounds twice a month, My Model 41 gets a clean after every shoot.
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Well, there you have it, sports fans. Keep your firearms(s) clean!
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I clean my gun immediately i round up with the firing session
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I never put a dirty firearm back in the safe. Clean it after its outing and if you have a malfunction you can rule out a dirty firearm. This is especially true with dirty 22lr ammo in your 15-22.
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In all honesty I probably clean my 15-22 every 750 - 1,000 rds or so. Just depends on how motivated I might be. Two biggest hates are mowing and cleaning weapons.

The only stuff I run through it are approx 95% CCI AR Tactical and 5% of their polymer Copper-22. Rifle stays very clean for a .22.
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I thing that I found that helps is a run a dry bore snake through my firearms while it's still warm. It helps remove a lot of the solids in the bore. It won't do much for the bolt or the rest of the firearm it it only takes a minute and saves time when you go to clean.
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Just like BAMASHOOTER, I clean my 15-22 and 10-22 every 700 to 1K rounds or so.
Iíve been shooting for over 30 years and I decided to ďget realĒ about gun cleaning & Lubing.
Besides when I finally clean them, I clean and lube them so well that they actually last me 800 rounds.


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I usually clean mine about every other range trip. Works for me. I usually put about 200 rounds through it each trip.
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I clean my guns after I shoot them. Then a few days later.

I run the bore snake through and oil them monthly.

In my day if a weapon left the arms room it was cleaned, oiled and had to pass inspection before it was checked back in.
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