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Question Barrel cleaning?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by edessex, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. jantar

    jantar Donator

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    I only cleaned mine once with a rod and patches and suffered very poor accuracy for a number of tins of pellets afterwards. Eventually an 'old' boy told me this;
    It applies to air weapons only........
    The only time a berrel may require to be cleaned would be if it were rusty. Otherwise it should only ever be lightly lubed (which may lead to a 'smoking gun') or the pellets given a coating with a good pellet lube (2 drops per full tin). I have stuck to this and my accuracy has never deteriorated (PCP and CO2) but my spronger eventually did need an overhaul courtesy of a welshwilly kit due to the wear of components (seals and spring).
    Sorry, but if the barrel is rusty then that only points to poor maintainence.
    Good luck........
     
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  2. dave goodall

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    As said cleaning a air rifle barel isnt nessisary unless at fac powers or changing brand of pellet then a proper clean isnt needed no rod what so ever should be pushed up or down a air gun barrel its way too easy to damage the rifling or choke best way ive found to clean a air gun barrel esp shrouded barrels is with the tin pellets thunder bolts only real good use for them shoot two or 3 through and will clean the barrel no end but needs to be leaded in again usally just fire a cig filter through ever couple of hunderd shots not had no accuraccy probs scince doing this
     
  3. gixxer

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    Their are lots of thought on to use brushes ,their is a great review discussion on such where long range target shooters ,gun Smith's ,manufacturers and barrel manufacturers plus lots of other shooting related professionals discuss this.
    It seems even they do it all totally different.
    I do agree a brush should be minimal in an air rifle barrel and great care should be taken in correct use.
    Yes to accuracy will be effected but I've never had any rifle effected after putting 30 to 50 quality lead pellets through it.
    And on those I have bought and initially shot after a strip lube check accuracy was better once cleaned.
    In general a brush up and down with cleaning solution 3 times out and in the barrel both ends you can feel the differance in drag from the brush on the last run.
    Agreed too is the fact slot of rifles arnt maintained well,I've had rifles with dust thick around the muzzle and down the barrel.no oil trace what so ever on the barrel or pivots ,God knows how some remain rust free but then lots having been used for 20/30 years .
    It works for me this way as you never know what people people have shot ,plastic sabo bullets ,and lead of age becomes oxidized too.
    Never needed to use a brush on any rifle again after the initial clean . As for a pull through only if lead debit is seen in the barrel.
    Each to their own
     
  4. Springrrr

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    Can the idea of cleaning pellets. Even when stacked one on top of another, they may not provide the needed back pressure to make your gun happy.

    Get some strong fishing line or what I use is a waxed string that I don't for the life of me remember where I got it.

    Double it up and feed it down the barrel from the muzzle end and cut a piece of clean cotton cloth. Loop the cloth into the line and saturate it with Goo Gone or another approved cleaning liquid. If you have a fixed barrel gun, put a cover over the air port / breech seal so that nothing drips into the chamber.

    Pull the string through the barrel --- repeat and finish up with a few dry cloths.

    After doing this a few times, you will get a feel for how large to cut the cloth to get a good snug fit through the barrel.

    This method will pull dirt, oil and lead.
     
  5. DUNKS

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    I think if you read real careful like you will find the OP s gun HAS A LOADING TAP and he does not want to strip it!
     
  6. edessex

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    Spot on DUNKS... ideally I don't really want to have to dismantle.

    The rifle is late 1970s / early 1980s, and from the sounds of it the previous owner hadn't used it in a goid number of years.

    The outside of the barrel has surface rust (bluing has been sanded off), and I wouldn't be surprised if the inside is slightly rusted too, although I have put a number of pellets through.

    I think for now I'll stick a fag filter or two through, and see how they come out...
     
  7. DUNKS

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    Hi if you really want to do things properly get yourself some turnscrews, "posh name for screwdrivers used on guns" or screwdrivers which fit the screws on your gun and take out the tap. It's not difficult, then having made sure your gun is safe "uncocked" you can have a peek down the barrel. I bet the tap could do with a good clean anyway and a very light smear of grease.
     
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    I think the tap is held in by a thick pin pressed through the casing, instead of screws/bolts. But I'll have another look...
     
  9. gixxer

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    I would make sure you know how to remove your models tap correctly. I seen to remember a guy trying to do the same and his small spring and ball bearing ended up through his cylinder transfer port .well half his spring anyway .
     
  10. DUNKS

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    Got the "T" shirt.
     
  11. Dunkman

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    If it was mine I would OPEN the tap and leave it open. now push a roll up cig filter DOWN the barrel so it butts up against the close tap. Clean the bore with a bronze cleaning brush (Bronze is softer than steel so wont damage rifling) and clean the rust from the barrel which can't go into the cylinder or tap because there is a cig filter forming a blockage at the end. Once you are happy with the cleaning by brush, use a mop and rod to wipe the barrel clean. Spray the mop with something like WD40o or GT85. Once this is done, open the tap, put a pellet in an when you fire it, the pellet will push the cig filter up the barrel giving it one last clean and ensuring any crap gets blown out the muzzle.
     

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