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Cleaning Your Airgun Barrel

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by TinCan Tony, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    Hi everyone.
    This is something I never gave a thought to before. Cleaning your airgun rifle barrel. I've only got a .22 Walther Rotex RM8 pellet rifle myself. Had it for a week and I've put about 800 pellets through it so far. I decided to give it a bit of a clean today and I was amazed at just how much Censored had built up in barrel after such a few shots - see the image below. Been washing and lubricating all my pellets today and giving my gun a good clean. Just to let all you beginners know how important it is to look after your air rifle - no matter how cheap or expensive it might be. My apologies if I'm teaching my grandmother to suck eggs and all that.

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  2. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Did you clean the barrel when it was new Tony? I'm always shocked by how much I pull out of a new gun.

    Those Napier pull throughs are great arn't they :)
     
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    VIKING6661 Keyboard Hero

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    I’ve never washed or lubber my pellets but I’ll normally clean my barrel insides after 2 tins no matter how many are in said tin, wether there 500 JSB exact or 300 JSA match, that’s what works for me any way


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  4. Oat

    Oat Very Active

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    We shoot lead pellets. It's not crud, it's lead.
    Sure a new rifle benefits from a clean to pull any grease and factory stuff out. But after that, only clean a barrel when it loses accuracy - that will be many many tins of pellets.
     
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    As above ... only ever clean to remove the transit grot the manufacturers put in a new rifle, or whenever there is a noticeable drop in accuracy that is not explained by seal failure etc
     
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  6. StellaArtois Sr

    StellaArtois Sr Springer Whore

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    I only ever clean my barrel when the rifle is brand new or new to me. Then when it loses its accuracy.
     
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  7. TinCan Tony

    TinCan Tony Can I video that?

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    OK. Sounds like I got this one wrong. Just trying to show the amount of crud I got from my barrel after 800 shots.

    Apologies if I'm wrong here.
     
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    You dont have it wrong. It wont hurt just not always necessary.
    Any changes in accuracy give it a clean.
    Want to change pellet, give it a clean.
    Keep looking after it
     
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    Losing accuracy when hunting can cause a messy shot on your quarry, always keep your barrel clean and your shots will have consistency, if you don't your shots will get worse as your lead crud builds up.

    One tip is when you are pulling wads through don't accidently pull more than one wad through, I did :mad: and pulled a barrel seal out :(
     
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    why lead the barrel if you are going to scrub it all out?
     
  11. Regal Man

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    There is no right or wrong, cleaning barrels.
    Alot of people just shoot, a gun straight out the box. Others clean it first. Do what feels right to you.
     
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    I understand that a lot of new air guns now have transport grease inside the barrels to protect them until they are purchase.

    I've never experienced this myself, the last new gun I bought was in December last year and I actually haven't shot it yet! but, it sounds like a good idea to protect a barrel.

    A good clean out won't hurt, as long as it's done right.

    I remember a top FT shooter cleaning out the barrel on his Steyr 100 and loads of crap coming out and I mean crap. If anyone could have noticed a drop off in performance it was him.

    Personally I just pop an oiled disco felt through the barrel behind a pellet to at least try to protect it.

    However removing the strippers or moderator can move zeros when re fitted, so it's a bit of a faff anyway.
     
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    If regular cleaning is what it takes to keep your rifle accurate then i guess you have no choice. However, the vast majority of air rifle shooters find best consistency from a leaded barrel.
     
  14. AirRifleSport

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    In my opinion, it depends on the pellet type and regulator pressure.
    A softer pellet will contour on the rifling tighter... the skirt inflates, the rifling gets deeper with higher air pressure, that's what I have noticed. The more lead in the grooves the less rifling marks on the pellet, which will affect some accuracy on some rifles somewhat. A harder pellet needs more air pressure to fully seal in the rifling and if the regulator is not providing enough skirt inflation the barrel may be in need of more lead in the grooves. I will only clean the barrel on the first time a new rifle is been shot, then when the pellets start to spread wide on the target, which it could be after 1500 pellets, this usually takes 1 or 2 dry pull through.

    As I said this is only my opinion and stick to it. :thumb:
     
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    I run a pull through before each new tin of pellets I put through it and I've never had an accuracy problem as a result yet.

    I've had plenty of problems with dirty barrels when buying used though - a good clean and they're normally fixed. :D
     
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    Why have rifling if you fill the rifling up with lead ?
     
  17. monsta41

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    you arent, you are coating the lands
     
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    not so your barrel needs plenty of lead in it.. i rarely clean my barrels and i only target shoot paper. probably the best test of accuracy when rested. if i change pellets and clean my barrel and there is no need to do that as a dozen shots of the new pellet usually does the change over but if i do clean the barrel it can sometimes take 30 shots before accuracy is restored. some people never clean their barrels.
     
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  19. StellaArtois Sr

    StellaArtois Sr Springer Whore

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    At the end of the day there is no right or wrong, if you are happy to clean it after every use it's up to you. We all have different views on this, but once I know it's clean then I am happy.
    Once the it loses accuracy for me that's when I clean it. The way I look at it is "If it ain't broke then don't fix it". My rifles are only used for plinking so no serious problems should I miss a few.
    If I was a serious paper puncher then I may think differently. A lot of things with this hobby are personal preference. It's like when people ask .177 or .22, PCP or Springer (by the way the answer to this is Springer)or what pellets to use. There are no definite answers only opinions. You ask the questions you will always get conflicting replies. I like to ask, then make my own mind up.
    I like to spend 12 hours cleaning my car, I bet not many others do :)
     
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  20. TinCan Tony

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    That's one serious car you like to keep clean, sir ;)
     

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