How often do you clean your Browning?

Discussion in 'Firearm Maintenance, Modification, Safety And Trou' started by Billythekid, May 25, 2011.

  1. rawright

    rawright Member

    No, WD40 is not going to damage the plastic parts; at least, in my 40+ years of using the product, I haven't seen any damage. You're smart to be careful, but in my experience, you have little to worry about using the WD40 product.
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

  3. Spiros

    Spiros Member

    Very informative linkā€¦thanks !!
  4. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    No problem...been using WD-40 for decades with nothing bad to report.
  5. lead-fouling

    lead-fouling Active Member

    Everytime I shoot I clean mine.
    My 525 sees at least 100 plastic cupped lead loads a week. At the club while still warm the gun is taken down to it's main compents.
    The inside of the barrel is saturated with ed's red. and put to the side so it runs out.
    The forend is sprayed with legia and wiped down. (mini bottle of napier refilled from my big legia via the napier GA adapter).
    The reciever is wiped and sprayed and cleaned.
    Both go in the hard case and the trigger lock is put on.

    The barrel is then sprayed once more and a Hoppes boresnake is passed through.

    I then head home.

    When I get home, the barrel is soaked in legia inside and out.

    The forend is sprayed and wiped down, the receiver is sprayed and cleaned.

    The barrel is cleaned first with a brush then a spiral.
    Patches are passed through until only clean oil is produced.

    The chokes are pulled cleaned and copper anti-seized applied.

    Chokes replaced (extended chokes) hand tightened.

    Breakfree CLP or Mobil 1 or Bisley gun oil is applied to lube points.

    Put in it's gun stock and placed in the gun safe with a VCI pouch.

    Sometimes I'll give it a once over for fun!

    At home I used cotton mittens to handle the gun.

    Once every 12 months 10K rounds (which ever is sooner) I open the action, soak it in Ed's Red clean it up real good with q-tips and reapply legia oil (last time I used Napier Gun grease with VP90).


    Regarding WD40, I've seen plenty of firearms live long happy lifes fed only spray on WD40! I recently acquired a Baikal o/v 12g and when I went to service the action (first purchase). It was CAKED in a sticky, gummy, yellow mess. Apparently this is the result of unhindered, repeated use of WD40. Gun operated fine and was easy to clean. No idea how true it was that this was caused by WD40 just the opinion of club mates.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2015
  6. Kickapoo swinger

    Kickapoo swinger New Member

    For my center fires I clean after every shooting session.
    My rim fires I wipe down all externals after every use. I do not clean the bore or chamber until accuracy drops off.
  7. John Alexander

    John Alexander Active Member

    I am on the low end for frequency of cleaning. Although I always wipe them down after handling. I have owned guns for 70 years and have been active in shooting and hunting all my life. I have never had a gun rust nor fail to function well related to lack of cleaning. Many shooters believe "that more rifle bores are worn out by cleaning than by shooting." I doubt that but----. This is a hobby and we should pursue it however we like but for any new shooters listening in, you can keep your guns in tip top shape with a modest amount of cleaning.
  8. lrrp75thRngr

    lrrp75thRngr Member


    Hello. I'm a new member. I clean my crossover every time I shoot. For me, its part of the fun of a sporting clays outing
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  9. SHOOTER13

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  10. b igjedd1

    b igjedd1 Member

    After every shoot I usually spray the barrels of my 12g's with rem-oil and then push a few bits of ordinary paper towel through the barrels and they come up mirror clean.

    When I get home I wipe all the old grease of the receiver and action and re grease the gun. I then respray the barrels with wd40 and let it sit for a moment with the barrels in an oil tray so I don't get a mess on the floor (keeps the missus happy). I leave the chokes in so the wd 40 will run down through the chokes.
    After around ten minutes soaking time, I put a wire brush onto a cleaning rod and attach the rod to my 12v drill and run the rod up and down each barrel a few times, making sure I go through the chokes. I then run the paper towels through each barrel and they come up clean. The wd40 soaks the plastic build up in the chokes and cleans them of good. Then I take the chokes out and give the threads a clean both on the chokes and in the barrels, regrease them and put them back in.

    I try to do this religiously so I know next time I go to a shoot the guns are ready.

    If I am not shooting for a while I will run a mop soaked in oil through the barrels before putting them in storage otherwise I just put them together and into the safe until my next shoot which usually is every weekend.
  11. b igjedd1

    b igjedd1 Member

    Oh! and every year in March most of the local clubs are closed for the duck season, so after the first couple weeks of duck season the duck numbers fade, that's when I do a full action strip down and clean, re oil and grease internally and clean/replace firing pins on my sporting guns.
  12. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 ON DUTY Staff Member Global Moderator Forum Moderator

    Good idea...

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