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Barrel Cleaning

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by oedbachgen, May 16, 2018.

  1. oedbachgen

    oedbachgen Pro Poster

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    I only put about 160 pellets through my Galahad and thought I would give the barrel a clean using a pull through with a drop of oil on the patch, well I couldn't believe the state on the first pull, it took me another eight pull though's with a clean patches before I got them coming through clean, is this usual for this amount of pellets.
     
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    Was the accuracy bad ? If not, why did you feel that it needed cleaning. I only clean my barrels if changing pellets or the accuracy goes so far not had to clean any of them due to accuracy. :thumb:
     
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    Did you clean it when you first got it?
     
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  4. Wild Bill

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    I never clean my barrels unless something is very wrong. It will take a long time to lead in again. A good barrel takes about a 1000 pellets to lead in. :rolleyes:
    Edit: I see it's new anyway with not much lead. I would have left it.
     
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  5. oedbachgen

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    No accuracy probs, I'm one of them guys who like maintaining my guns, most/all of the guys down the club clean theirs regularly, just wondering with that amount of pellet put through, should the patch have been that dirty, or was it a coating put on my the maker to stop the barrel from rusting.
     
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    Not cleaned when I had it first Mikey.
     
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    As mikey asked, any idea if it was clean when new?

    My last couple of new rifles have been filthy in the barrels.

    Bob
     
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  8. oedbachgen

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    Hi Bob4026, I never bothered to check if it was clean or not, but I was thinking the same, did it come from air arms like this.
     
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    Some could well be residual crap from assembly/machining during manufacture?

    Just a thought. Seems like not a lot of pellets for it to be that bad mate.

    Bob
     
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    To be fair, my new s400 wasn't too bad. 1 pull thru and just a very small amount of crap that didn't warrant another pull.

    My new 97k however was minging (as was the 100). 5 pulls before I got a clean patch out.

    See what it's like after a tin now it's clean would be my advice.

    Bob
     
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    They do use a drilling cooling lubricant when machining, so it could well be this.
     
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    Then the pull through would include all the the crap from the factory and transit grease etc mate.

    I always do mine when I first get them then leave them alone until accuracy goes or I wish to do a bit of a service.
     
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    I used to do that with my shotguns Oed, if my rifles hit "somewhere" where I'm aiming then so be it. I will only clean my barrels when the pellet cannot get past all the crud in the barrel.
     
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    I suppose you are talking about airgun barrels.
    To my taste a barrel that needs 1k pellets to lead in is in NO way a good barrel. I'll bin it long before.
     
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    That's fine. You are obviously not that experienced in these matters.
     
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    2 tins of pellets to lead in after a clean??
    None of my rifles have ever need more than a dozen or so to bring them back after a clean.
     
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    I like using rifling so I clean my barrels when ever they are used, this is how I was taught on all rifled guns, not just airguns but it works with all, if all you that don't clean I bet you would if you had a Sergeant Major :)
     
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    We had a great gun instructor but he used to make us clean our .303 barrels after everyshoot
    You would clean for ages and use loads of patch’s until they came out spotless
    We thought he was mad but the difference in a clean and dirty barrel was like night and day when shooting at 400/500m target
     
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    I did Shortshot, Sergeant Major Evans, (his saying) you might have made your Mother cry, but you wont make me:D
     
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    I always clean a new barrel no matter the make or even if it's new to me. Then I'll clean if I notice a change in accuracy or if I think it might be due a clean.

    But don't take my advice as all my barrels aren't any good apparently, it takes only a few shots have it hitting exactly the same spot as it did before I cleaned it. This has been the same on every match grade Lothar I've had. :)
     
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