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Cleaning Mossberg 930?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by thinktwice, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. thinktwice


    Mar 29, 2007
    North Carolina
    I have a Mossberg 930 SPX that I shoot on occasion. It's mainly for home defense. I just shot about 16 shells 00buck through it. The gun was clean before that, because I had field stripped and cleaned it about 2 months ago after a day of shooting it. My question to you guys is how often should I field strip it after shooting it? I mean I always clean the bore and chamber even if I shoot three shells through it. But not really sure when to do a complete field strip.
  2. sourdough44


    Jul 23, 2007
    I usually just run a snug fitting dampened patch down the bore after a shooting session, then give the gun a wipedown with an oily cloth.

    I save the field strip to every once in a while, of if I was out in the rain or snow. If the gun got wet, I strip it down afterwards, clean & relube.

    For the most part a patch with the likes of Hoppes #9 through the bore & a general wipe down is all one needs.

  3. G19Pistolero


    Jul 28, 2009
    FL CWP
    With that infrequent usage I'd just run a patch or a boresnake dipped in Hoppes through the bore...maybe field strip 2x a year...
  4. mixflip


    Mar 4, 2009
    I like to clean my guns after the range. I actually enjoy the quiet time and I also like to inspect in for any issues? Did anything vibrate loose or break? It can happen even if you shoot it just once. Im weird that way though.

    I have been on a tactical shotgun course where my side saddle vibrated right off of my Remington 870 Police Magnum. It wouldn't have done that if I had checked it and added loctite before the course. It was a dept shotgun. Lesson learned.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
  5. Z71bill


    Feb 19, 2007
    I use to detail clean them after every range trip.:upeyes:

    Then I started thinking - I plan to go to the range again in a few weeks - I will wait -

    Then I realized I had gone 6 - 10 months & several range trips and had not cleaned them - at all.

    Back when I hunted (ducks, geese, pheasant & dove) - I never even thought about doing a detail cleaning during the season - it would be a waste of time. If I had clumps of mud on my gun I would knock them off - but that is about it.

    So in comparison - shooting a few rounds at a range on a nice sunny day is nothing VS slogging through the mud hunting pheasants or doves, getting wet & sandy out in the boat hunting ducks & geese.

    I have always used pump action guns - and they are pretty forgiving -

    Now that I have two semi auto shotguns I have been wondering if I should clean more.

    Just went over 600 rounds through the VersaMax - I had cleaned it before shooting it - but have not since.

    My (wife's) 20 gauge Hatsan Escort has about 300 rounds through it since it was cleaned.

    I just decided to check the barrel - and it has some crud in it - so I ran a few patches through it - and wiped the inside of the chamber with a patch & finger. I doubt what I did improved reliability.

    I am starting to think a few thousand rounds or 1 year whichever comes first. :dunno:
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014