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What is your cleaning maintenance routine

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by JerryVO, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. JerryVO


    Oct 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Like the title says, what is your cleaning and maintenance routine??

    I only shoot clay so there is no hunting or bad weather for me. I clean the barrel after every session (50 - 100 rounds), but how often should I oil it and strip it and do the whole shabang.
  2. Glocker1984


    Jan 13, 2007
    I clean all of my firearms once a month and after every use. Field Strip, Clean, remove old oil/lube, apply new lube/oil. I'm sort of a clean freak when it comes to firearms..... :wavey:

  3. sputnik767


    Nov 1, 2007
    I don't shoot it much, but I clean the barrel after every session, no matter if I shot 5 rounds or 50 rounds. I strip the gun and detail clean once or twice a year. Honestly, it's still clean inside.
  4. old wanderer

    old wanderer

    Dec 22, 2008
    I just returned from Cordoba, Argentina and some high volume dove hunting.

    Our usual regiment was a 2.5 hour hunt in the morning and another in the afternoon. Normal shooting was 1000 rounds in the morning, and 1000+ rounds in the afternoon. I was there for 4 days. Shot 228 boxes of shells, with a 64% success rate.

    The guns (A Benelli 20 ga and a Berretta O/U) were cleaned with a 5 minute cleaning at the end of the day.

    I had only one malfunction in all the shooting. A failure to feed.

    You may want to re-think what is necessary to keep the gun functioning.
  5. Henry Krinkle

    Henry Krinkle Skeptic

    Jul 14, 2004
    I clean the barrel after every visit to the range.
  6. I have a new 870. Put about 100 rounds through it in the last 2 month. Going to disassemble and clean. I J Dewey cleaning rod. Is it OK to clean from the muzzle end? i assume so since it is a smooth bore, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks.
  7. dc2integra


    Oct 3, 2009
    after every use and spray some rem oil on my shotguns bout once every 3 months
  8. cj5mrt


    Dec 26, 2005
    Central FL
    If I shoot it, I clean it. Strip it down every 2-3 months.

  9. I field strip and clean after every range trip. I detail strip and clean every 1000 rounds. Once a month I check and re-lube. I have followed this procedure since my first firearm purchase 16 years ago and it has always served me well.
  10. bob_fuller


    Nov 8, 2008
    Ankeny, Iowa
    what kind of benelli, just out of curiosity?
  11. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
    This is what I do.

  12. Big_Grumpy

    Big_Grumpy Go Cheese!

    Jul 21, 2009
    I give it a field strip and cleaning about every 100 rounds or so. I also wipe down the outside whenever the parkerizing looks like it's a little thirsty. I've never detail stripped it, and I've had it for a little over a year. If I did, I'd just hit the trigger assemply with some compressed air, and that'd be about it.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2010
  13. zx2loon

    zx2loon Mental Target

    Jan 31, 2009
    :whistling:........haven't cleaned mine in about 200rds or so........

    I've pretty much treated my Mossy 500 like a stepchild. It's had so many configurations of stocks and acessories, it has a "dress up" complex. It's been droped by idiots while other idiots want to lean it on something incorrectly. It's held up remarkably. Between me and my buddies, it's had around 1000k rounds out of it and maybe completly stripped and cleaned once. A quick spray and wipe down, a few patches down the barell has been suffecient for it. I've even ran it through a few courses without a's never failed me. Guess I never thought of my shotgun as anything other than a cannon. It's never been considered a HD shotgun so I don't worry about it's function or looks...:dunno:
  14. glockfan5


    Jan 25, 2009
    My cleaning routine is whenever I get around to it. IMHO, most modern firearms don't require the upkeep and maintenance compared to those of old -- or at least the ones I've chosen to buy.


    Sep 29, 2009
    I field strip and clean after every range trip. I've had my mossberg for about a year and have not detail stripped it yet. I will probably do that soon. I bought it used and the previous owner ran it hard and put it up wet, but it has not given me one hiccup.
  16. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Cleaning? What's that?
    My mossberg has not been detail stripped in over a year, and it has been a little over a year since I cleaned the bore at all. Still runs like a champ, and I have not had a SINGLE malfunction that was not operator-induced - even after two and a half years of hard use, and 1,000+ rounds of bird, buck and slug.