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    Quote Originally Posted by BigT View Post
    What is this "clean" you talk of?
    Quote Originally Posted by Duelist View Post
    People clean those?

    I wipe them down with oil, but rarely actually clean them. I could be wrong to do that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lon View Post
    I was wondering the same thing.
    I have been of this opinion for years, hence my question!

    Some good tips here, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigT View Post
    What is this "clean" you talk of?
    Quote Originally Posted by 41magfan View Post
    How often? As needed ....

    I wet the inside of my barrels with solvent and follow-up with a pass or two (manually) with a Hoppes SS Tornado brush. After that, a couple of passes with a bronze bristle brush covered with a solvent soaked patch and they're usually spotless. It's worth mentioning that smooth/polished barrels foul less and are easier to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tensaw View Post
    How often? At the end of every duck season - whether they need it or not...
    My goal is never, but if I feel I have to (or it's the end of a season) it's done the 41magfan.
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    So I've been hanging out a lot on a turkey hunting forum with turkey season coming up and those guys are pretty fanatical about there shotguns so I seem to fit in well there. Anyways I recently did this to all 4 of my 870's (Well 3 shotguns and a tac14). One of my guns my cleaning regiment was typically a breakdown before and after hunting season and a bore snake after shooting. I deep cleaned the barrel and there was a ton of stuff that came out and it looked clean previously to deep cleaning.

    https://allaboutshooting.com/blogs/b...shotgun-barrel

    After that I did a "polish"
    http://oldgobbler.com/Forum/index.php/topic,182.0.html

    I didn't do the shotgun shells chamber protector thing.

    Was it worth it? I don't know. Cleaning seems a lot easier and it doesn't seem to have hurt anything. My guns all threw really good patterns but I hadn't really patterned them to that extent before. I doubt I will deep clean after every shooting session but once a year or so isn't out of the question.
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    Although modern primers and powder are non-corrosive excessive fouling can hold moisture and promote rusting. The same is true of dust. This can be a real problem in the south during the hot hazy summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norville View Post
    I recently listened to P&S #126 and several members of the esteemed panel mentioned cleaning the plastic fouling put to restore patterns. I have no 12 gauge brushes, so now there are some in my Brownell's cart waiting on the next discount code.

    How often do you clean your shotgun bore?
    I listened to that one. I remember one thing Fisher mentioned was using a 10 gauge bore brush to dry strip the plastic fouling out. Might be worth trying that method?

    As to how often I clean my shotgun bore, I can't remember the last time I did (pretty sure when I cleaned it last was 3-4 addresses ago), so I'm going to say "Not often enough".
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    I typically punch the bore once a year on the shotguns I use to teach and practice. A tornado brush used vigorously with a little bit of good quality solvent works well.

    I take the gun apart and wipe it down to apply lubrication probably every other class I do with them

    I squirt a little lube on them before every range session.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 41magfan View Post
    How often? As needed ....

    I wet the inside of my barrels with solvent and follow-up with a pass or two (manually) with a Hoppes SS Tornado brush. After that, a couple of passes with a bronze bristle brush covered with a solvent soaked patch and they're usually spotless. It's worth mentioning that smooth/polished barrels foul less and are easier to clean.

    https://wagnershells.com/product/hop...rush-12-gauge/
    Quote Originally Posted by TCinVA View Post
    I typically punch the bore once a year on the shotguns I use to teach and practice. A tornado brush used vigorously with a little bit of good quality solvent works well.

    I take the gun apart and wipe it down to apply lubrication probably every other class I do with them

    I squirt a little lube on them before every range session.

    I believe that I first heard about using the tornado brushes from Greg Sullivan in his shotgun armorer class. I think that a smooth bore is where the tornado brush works well. I typically follow tht up with a 12 guage boresnake.
    Last edited by Chuck Whitlock; 04-16-2019 at 05:23 PM.
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