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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Rifle Cleaning

I have 2 rifles that have just recently been shot for the first time. a 7 mag that has been shot 30 times and a 30.06 that has been shot 40 times. Both are Brand new and will not be shot again until season opens (Hopefully opening Day) Should I clean them now?
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Clean after each use if possible, definitly if it is stored

The rule of thumb is always clean it well if you are putting it away for months. I like to clean between range sessions but that isn't totally needed if you are shooting again a few days later. It is important to wipe off the exterior with a silicon rag to protect the finish from the oils and acids in your skin. This should be done whenever the rifle is handled.

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The rule of thumb is always clean it well if you are putting it away for months. I like to clean between range sessions but that isn't totally needed if you are shooting again a few days later. It is important to wipe off the exterior with a silicon rag to protect the finish from the oils and acids in your skin. This should be done whenever the rifle is handled.

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It is like 3 weeks until the opening of Rifle season. My concern is not wanting the Rifle to smell oilly and alert the deer, Any solutions
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-15-2010, 06:42 PM
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Don't clean the barrel after you have sighted it in and are waiting to take it hunting soon. Without a little fouling in the barrel your point of impact may be different than when there is a little fouling. Just wipe the excess oil off of the rifle before taking it hunting.
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My rifles go this way...

I try to make a point of keeping them wiped off with the silicon rag after each range session and each day in the field. I clean the bore several times over the spring/summer/fall range shooting season. I hunt with the bore left as it was the last time out or at most one of the new pull through cleaners pulled through it dry. I don't want any solvents or oils in the bore when I hunt as it could change where the first round will go. I will after the hunting season clean the bore with solvent and oil it up for the storage time over the winter. This is just my way, your mileage may vary.

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. I don't want any solvents or oils in the bore when I hunt as it could change where the first round will go.

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Just throwin this in there, oil in your bore could also blow up your gun because of the pressure...that's not something a person would want.
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