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Do You Clean Your Barrel? Poll...

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by pjgtech, Sep 12, 2021.

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Do you clean your barrel?

  1. No, never

    29 vote(s)
    16.1%
  2. Yes, quite often

    10 vote(s)
    5.6%
  3. Yes, but only when I get a new gun

    45 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. Yes, but only when I get a SH gun

    20 vote(s)
    11.1%
  5. Sometimes, when I feel like it

    21 vote(s)
    11.7%
  6. Yes, but only when the accuracy deteriorates

    98 vote(s)
    54.4%
  7. Yes, every time I change pellet types

    5 vote(s)
    2.8%
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  1. pjgtech

    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    As per the heading, do yo clean your barrel? and if so when or under what circumstances?
    I tend to clean any new(to me) gun and then I do not clean it, unless the accuracy goes.
    What about you?
    Cheers :thumb:
     
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  2. Snapshot

    Snapshot Busy Member

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    Yeah, much the same. Years ago, I cleaned my MFR barrel because I'd had it for some time and thought I should. So I used a VFR rod and felts and there were a lot of very black ones before it was clean. It made zero difference to the accuracy so I decided to wait until accuracy went off in future.
     
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  3. robs5230

    robs5230 Oversprung

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    I'd always clean a barrel on a brand new gun. I used to clean used rifles I bought but now just tend to shoot them in.

    If accuracy ever goes off, I'd pull through as a matter of course
     
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  4. oedbachgen

    oedbachgen Top Poster

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    When I feel like pjgtech, I think the last time I did it was before shut down last year.
     
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  5. AJ Roberts

    AJ Roberts Posting Addict

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    New and when things go south
     
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  6. KETTLEBELL

    KETTLEBELL Engaging Member

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    Always clean new guns to get rid of the manufacturers gunk. Any second hand guns similarly, so, setting a baseline standard. Any drop in accuracy I will give them a clean to rule out any build up of excessive lead.
     
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  7. Ragnar Hairybreeks

    Ragnar Hairybreeks Check out my leather balm on Members Manufactured Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    New always (they seem to pack ‘em with grease). Then polish with autosol on a rag and fishing line. After that pretty much only if I’m having a major gun fettle (which is rare).
     
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  8. Guloluseus

    Guloluseus Pro Poster

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    When its new it gets cleaned to within an inch of its life, and after that, never unless its going a bit whooshy. I dont think I've had more than 2 that have ever needed it after the first clean.
     
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  9. PBaz Barrett

    PBaz Barrett 'I love slinging lead me'..

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    Always good to clean yer barrel after use, but use a condom to be safe :D..
     
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  10. Jonkem

    Jonkem Pro Poster

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    Only when they drop off which is rarely.
    Used to be more often when throwing tins and tins of crap pellets through them and they'd develop wayward tendencies.
    I don't buy new guns so you can drawer a line through that one :D
     
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  11. stefan

    stefan I am the passenger

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    i never clean a barrel unless the POI changes then i will but otherwise nope
     
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  12. bigal

    bigal Jedi.

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    Clean or polish and spray after,
    Big difference, ;) al
     
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  13. Bloodnok

    Bloodnok Engaging Member

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    Interesting poll. Just got a new Air Arms and actually read the instructions (most). Suggests every 250 pellets wouldn't be too often. I need to change from being a "Sometimes, when I feel like it".
     
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  14. PhatMan

    PhatMan Keyboard Hero

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    pjgtech,

    I voted for 'clean only when accuracy deteriorates' - however :

    I regularly pull through my barrels with a greased patch, especially in the winter months - this is not to clean them, but to put a layer of preservative onto the bore.

    I live in an old, leaky Victorian house, that does not have central heating and is less than 100 yards from the Channel.

    In the winter months, steel rusts before your eyes - I am not kidding !

    Have fun :)

    Best regards

    Russ
     
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  15. Wing Commander

    Wing Commander Keyboard Hero

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    I used to be an "only when the accuracy deteriorates" but I have now progressed to "cleaning it before it needs cleaning".
    Some rifles need it less than others.
    My Weihrauch PCPs appreciate a clean bore. :up:
    My Steyr H5a NEEDS to be cleaned after every session. . It is a quick job and isn't too arduous to do when it maintains the amazing accuracy. :)
     
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    bflat7 Busy Member

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    Hi Russ,I know the problem , living by the sea ,I stock my gun cabinet with silica gel bags to kill the condensation!(by the way our paths may have crossed in the past,I,m a retired semi pro guitarist!)cheers Mate!
    Greg.
     
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  17. Hans Free

    Hans Free Donator

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    I never clean barrels I’ve got a TX 200
    bought in 92 and it’s barrel has never been cleaned and it’s still deadly accurate
     
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  18. Proheatpaul

    Proheatpaul Busy Member

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    From new , yes , just to get anything out from transit or storage
    And then only , and I do mean only , if accuracy starts to wander
     
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  19. Bunny-on-Bunny

    Bunny-on-Bunny Posting Addict

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    New / second-hand and when (If) said barrel looses the plot.
     
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  20. Chocki

    Chocki Resistance is futile, you need another gun...

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    From new then only when I get round to it, i.e. rarely. I found it makes very little difference with fx barrels.
     
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