From a hunting rifle perspective, do most of us clean rifle bores way too often?
After reading John Barsness’ article “Never Clean Rifle Barrels!” in the June edition of Handloader, it really got me to thinking. The jist of his article was he has kept track of the number of rounds he’s fired for decades and found it makes no appreciable accuracy difference to clean or not. He also claims his records prove that barrel break-in is a waste of time.
Personally, I clean after every range session whether I shoot once or 100 times and also follow the typical cleaning program for breaking in a new barrel. For hunting I’ll shoot a fouling shot or two out of the clean barrel to verify zero and then clean again after the season is over.
After some thought, I realized my great attention to detail on cleaning was due to being in the Infantry as a young man and carrying a rifle for a living. I know many others on this forum are prior service, and we were all taught and made to spotlessly clean weapons. So from Uncle Sam’s training burned in my brain and a personal hate for rust, I spend a lot of hours cleaning and oiling rifles.
I am going to make a guess that most everyone on this forum cleans with some frequency, and most probably have a good set of cleaning equipment versus the guy with an -06 in the bedroom closet that gets cleaned once or twice a lifetime and has a multi piece cleaning rod set with some solvent and gun oil stashed in the garage somewhere…. So who is better off, us or him???
So what is everyones procedure for cleaning and how did you come by it, Uncle Sam, Dad, Grandpa, Aunt Vickie??!! Has anyone besides Barsness kept track of accuracy with different cleaning regimes?