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Can the bore get so dirty that it starts getting damaged?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by cowboy1964, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    My M&P has only 120 rounds though her so far and I've cleaned it once. Was thinking of doing a torture test, just shoot her till she stops. I'm just concerned with damaging the bore as it gets dirtier and dirtier. Should I at least snake the bore every 100 rounds or so?

    Also, should I reapply lube occasionally or just let it run totally dry? Can anything be damaged by running dry?
  2. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    EAG Tactical ran 14,000+ rounds through a Colt without cleaning, just lube.

    120 rounds is nothing. I'd boresnake it every 400-500 rounds, lube, wipe down the BCG, etc. But you're not a basic trainee. You CAN overclean it.

  3. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    I've run thousands of rounds through AR15's without running so much as a boresnake through it. The bore shouldn't be damaged by being "dirty".

    As for lube, yes, you can accelerate wear by not lubing the weapon.

    If you want to torture it, sure, torture it. However, running an AR15 with plenty of lube is all you really need to do to keep the AR15 running. So, I am not sure that is much of a "torture test" even if you don't clean it.
  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Copper fouling will be the only issue,'s going to be a PITA to clean at the end of your "test".
    You can and WILL damage the weapon running it dry, never understood these "torture tests"

    Great way to accelerate wear and ruin a perfectly good firearm.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  5. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas

    You'll go broke buying ammo long before your rifle "stops".:wavey:
  6. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    I've never heard of a weapon getting damaged because it's dirty, but I have heard of plenty of weapons getting damaged because you didn't lube it enough.

    I run my AR's pretty wet, not dripping wet, but pretty wet. I also run my sidearms pretty wet, not as wet as my AR, but I like to have it nice and slick on the slide/frame contact points.
  7. pat701


    Feb 2, 2005
    Beyond OZ
    Just clean the barrel, and get better accuracy!!
  8. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I've pretty much decided to take your approach toward the care of my M4. I'm not one to spend time detailing any of my guns every outing in the past and don't intend to do different with my rifle.
    Between sessions my routine will be just to do a quick chamber brush scrub with solvent, wipe. Boresnake the barrel a few times. Wipe the receiver clean. Relube with CLP, running it relatively wet.
    I'll pull BCG every 500 to scrub clean and lube but for the most part will just take it out inspect for excessive carbon wipe it clean, lube, reinstall and shoot it some more.