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Cleaning barrel before use ( new gun )?

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Morning guys

I’ve been reading in a FB group that a lot of folk insist on cleaning the barrel of their new gun before they fire their first shot  I must admit I’ve never heard of that before 

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Not a bad idea .

There is often loads of carp in there including metal shavings and swafe 

Which would be better being gentally cleaned out rather than being scraped out by a metal pellet  

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Some insist on cleaning them every time they shoot.

Napier do a good pull through cleaning kit. 

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33 minutes ago, rayo said:

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hello, ok i would not use a pull through, an air rifle size cleaning rods with brass screw ends/and wooly mop, white spirit, from barrel end and a few goes cleaning , then push some soft tissue through towards breech,  careful of the breech seal, once it cleaner i use gun oil spray and shoot out a few fag filters, mine PCP is 22

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Can only speak for my mates HW100 and mine.

Couldn't believe the amount of ****e that came out the barrels from the factory.

Definitely no chance of any corrosion whilst waiting to be sold but they won't shoot worth a damn till the that gunge is out.

Now both are tack drivers.

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53 minutes ago, oldypigeonpopper said:

then push some soft tissue through towards breech,  

 NEVER use a cleaning rod from the muzzle!

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I've never cleaned an air rifle barrel not even from new and never had a problem. 

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44 minutes ago, B725 said:

I've never cleaned an air rifle barrel not even from new and never had a problem. 

I never clean air rifle barrels after use, but I do clean any grease out of new ones. 

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1 hour ago, London Best said:

Because you WILL damage the crown.

hello, what with a wool mop and brass fittings cleaning rod,  !!!!!!!!!!

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It is standard advice with cleaning rods. No metal to metal contact anywhere, coated rod from the breech and stop before the jag fully exits the muzzle. You must know this opp. ANY tiny burr or mark on the crown will affect accuracy. 

I use a pull through from the muzzle (on air rifles) but I feed the plastic coated line with carbon fibre loop through carefully by hand with the muzzle break removed so I can see exactly what I'm doing. 

1 minute ago, London Best said:

Emphatically yes.

Sussinctly beat me to it. 

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And when using a pull through (from the breech to the muzzle, obviously) you must pull straight and centrally to avoid the cord wearing the crown. Many service rifles were declared unserviceable because they were ‘cord worn’.

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surely there are test shots fired to check power before it leaves the factory and so anything that was in the barrel has been cleaned out ?

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Having cleaned my barrel from new i won't be cleaning again till the group size shows any sign of opening up.

3 years on it hasn't and a 5 shot group at 50m can still be covered by a 5p.

 

deteriorates 

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PCP barrels need regular cleaning, springers don't as the air is laced with vapourises oils that coat the barrel helping to keep leading to a minimum.

A simple bit of strimmer cord or sea fishing line a peg one end a loop the other will do as a pull through. No need for fancy kits. 

You'll know when it needs cleaning as it will have a poi shift down and accuracy may go off too, a dirty barrel can lose a foot pound of energy over a clean one.

 

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