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Posted: 7/27/2017 7:04:24 PM EST
I have several 10/22's and I have one that seriously hasn't been cleaned in a decade. The only thing close to cleaning/maintenance that has been done to this rifle is a dry towel wipe down if it gets rained on and I have squirted a couple of shots of CLP into the bolt area when it starts to feel like you're running it across sand. I'm contemplating one day on my vacation just going through as many rounds as I can before a non ammo related stoppage with no CLP shots.
This was the first Ruger I bought when I was a young man and I used to clean it regularly, and somewhere down the line I just stopped being so anal with it. I clean all all my other guns regularly with exception to my " farm Glock", which gets a through job about 3 times a year. Anyone else run their 10/22's like this?
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 7:17:42 PM EST
Your supposed to clean them? Who Knew?
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 7:59:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/27/2017 8:00:01 PM EST by Rustygun]
When I met my main hunting and fishing partner about 25 years ago he had a 10-22 he bought new that he had never cleaned. He had used it hard for about 20 years mainly coon hunting. It was a Mississippi classic. Bushnell scope, broken off front sight, reflective tape on the stock so you could find it in the dark, beat to hell stock. It ran like a top. When we finally cleaned it I actually scooped crud out of the receiver with a spoon. All that neglect didn't seem to affect its coon killing ability or reliability at all.
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 8:21:08 PM EST
Mine run suppressed, we are lucky to get 200 rounds before FTF, FTE issues.
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 8:52:31 PM EST
I run 100% suppressed and I have to say that I am several hundred rounds deep with no cleaning.

When I do, it will be a bore snake and a shot of CLP to the bolt spring and that is it.

Once the trigger gets gritty I will pop it out, hit it with Dawn dishsoap and compressed air to dry.
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 8:53:01 PM EST
If it is just a plinking gun, it gets cleaned when it stops working.
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 9:35:06 PM EST
I've got a modest fleet of 10/22s. They see pretty good usage, and generally get a boresnake and hosed down with CLP on the bolt/chamber when they start to act up. They get fully stripped and cleaned every few years.
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 10:33:12 PM EST
Dont you hunt with .22lrs ?
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 10:51:15 PM EST
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Dont you hunt with .22lrs ?
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My never clean 10/22 is mostly used for plinking and to occasionally dispatch a varmit at the farm. It was packed around for many years before the AR took its place. I have a couple more that are strictly for plinking and semi serious paper punching.
Link Posted: 7/27/2017 11:14:49 PM EST
I had a Norrell full auto trigger pack in one in the late 80's.
I ran it so hard it looked like a smooth bore.
I finally cleaned it after 9000 rounds. ,,,
But it was running strong.
Link Posted: 7/31/2017 3:04:19 PM EST
I clean mine about every 400-500 rounds. If it's unjacketed lead I might make that twice in 400-500 rounds.

Any less than that and I start seeing minor feeding issues; I try to avoid feeling like I abuse my guns too.
Link Posted: 7/31/2017 5:36:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/31/2017 5:37:19 PM EST by Commurado]
I clean mine about every 500 rds or so.

It starts getting goo'd up in the action and I'll start to see some FTF's, stovepipes etc. after running 500 rounds though it.
Link Posted: 7/31/2017 7:57:05 PM EST
I use to clean every range session.  Today, not until it starts to malfunction repeatedly.
Link Posted: 7/31/2017 11:15:11 PM EST
Reminds me I gotta clean the turd. Starts choking at least 1 round per magazine around the 80 round mark.
Link Posted: 7/31/2017 11:29:58 PM EST
I have a mid 80's 10/22 deluxe that I sprayed out with Gun Kleen once. still runs.


I have a couple recent make models with match barrels that have to be cleaned every 1000 rounds or so or they get picky.
Link Posted: 8/1/2017 8:07:26 PM EST
I usually clean my plinker/loaner 10/22 after a brick or so. Earlier if the ammo is especially dirty. Bear in mind the cleaning isn't boot camp clean. Just a squirt, wiped and boresnake.
Link Posted: 8/1/2017 8:12:48 PM EST
Actually can't remember the last time. Doesn't get shot as much as it used too, but it hasn't failed to go boom. 
Link Posted: 8/4/2017 1:36:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/4/2017 1:42:11 AM EST by DaveP1]
My Dad gave me my first 10/22 when I was 10 years old, it was made in the mid 60's I am coming up on 60 now, that gun has literally had 10's of thousands of rounds through it and it still hits ground squirrels at 50 yards with no problem's at all and it has NEVER been cleaned! It just keeps plugging along, I shot a deer in the head with it when I was 12, good eating deer and it has killed coyotes, pack rats, coons, squirrels, grouse, etc. my late brother in law killed a black bear with it, it just keeps going!

I can say, the stainless model that I inherited from my Dad when he passed away, is not the same gun that he gave me back when I was ten years old, they may look the same, but they sure don't feel the same and they don't shoot the same.
Link Posted: 8/4/2017 2:00:11 AM EST
Now that you mention it...it is the only gun I don't clean.

Weird.

Link Posted: 8/4/2017 2:39:51 AM EST
Mine was built in '78, Dad gave it to me for my tenth birthday. Been shooting the shit out of it ever since. I only cleaned the barrel every once it a while. Then it malfunctioned in '05-'06 time frame and I had to clean out the crud in the bolt (or was it in the receiver? I can't remember) that caused FTE jams.
Link Posted: 8/6/2017 10:40:40 PM EST
I must have 10,000 plus rounds through mine. Never been cleaned.
Link Posted: 8/6/2017 10:51:22 PM EST
when mine stops cycling I'll hose it out with brake cleaner. Then a spritz of oil on the bolt and action and back on the line it goes.

Usually takes a couple bulk packs before it needs that.
Link Posted: 8/7/2017 1:51:35 AM EST
I'v have a 10/22 Carbine since 1987 and a 10/22T since 1999. The Carbine used to get cleaned after every shooting session and that was because I usually put a brick through it each time. I usually ran a rod down the barrel with a wet/dry combo and then wiped the breech face and bolt off with a solvent soaked rag. I stripped it down for a good cleaning in 1993 I think. Then it sat unused from 2000 to 2017 when I brought it back from my folks house. I shot a hundred rounds or so and cleaned it. I runs like a champ now.

On my 10/22T I run a wet patch and bore snake down the barrel and wipe the bolt and breech face down after I shoot it. Then once a year I give it a proper cleaning with Butch's Boreshine down the bore with a good scrub of a brush and follow up with a wet/dry patches until they come out clean. I know its time to clean when I see the groups open up a bit. I've only stripped it down completely for a good clean in 2010. I spend a bit more time cleaning the 10/22T because it's my best 22 and I want to keep it nice. I gave it a good cleaning today because I actually had a double feed on Saturday and the gun was covered in sand and dust from shooting out in the desert.

Some folks I know think its best to not clean .22's until they stop working. I just try to keep ahead of that.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 2:39:47 PM EST
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Surprised me too!
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 11:15:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/12/2017 1:41:43 PM EST by akcaribouhunter]
Spring through fall i do not clean mine.

Winter time i have to clean after every use.
Ammo i use is very dirty in winter.
Link Posted: 8/11/2017 11:31:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 9:40:30 AM EST
Idiots. Who then complain on internet forums that there firearms don't work correctly. Cleaning isn't just about getting the crud off of them. It is about inspecting the firearm for wear and tear. Then you do this thing that has become a lost art, preventative maintenance.
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 11:51:34 AM EST
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Idiots. Who then complain on internet forums that there firearms don't work correctly. Cleaning isn't just about getting the crud off of them. It is about inspecting the firearm for wear and tear. Then you do this thing that has become a lost art, preventative maintenance.
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Link Posted: 8/13/2017 12:09:19 PM EST
How do you clean a 10/22?
Link Posted: 8/13/2017 6:57:39 PM EST
I pee on mine once a year just to who's in charge.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 11:56:25 PM EST
Every couple years whether it needs it or not.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 7:13:28 AM EST
Ive got a 10/22 I bought about 16 yrs ago from a buddy who quit coon hunting for $5, yes $5. it was a real POS. rusty as hell, stock broke and taped and wired together. the day after I got it I test fired it and it would either fire once and not cycle or dump the whole mag. that was a surprise! I cleaned it (that took care of the function problem), had enough crap in it to fill a truck, and put a $10 plastic stock on it along with a Krylon paint job.
Since then it has lived in my barn. the closest it has gotten to a cleaning is a douche in the stock tank and a squirt of WD-40.
It might be due for another actual cleaning some day.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 5:41:16 PM EST
I never clean my 10/22. Are you suppose to clean it ?
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 12:40:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By deerranger:
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No kidding. Why does no one ever tell me about these things?
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 8:01:38 AM EST
I'm in the every-other-year camp, although I don't shoot it as much as I used to. Ammo prices continue to come down, it'll get back in regular rotation for sure.
Link Posted: 11/9/2017 4:16:47 PM EST
ashamed to say mine has never been dissembled and cleaned. I think I've run a patch or two through it in 30 years. Oiled the outside to prevent rust. Actually had shot it only infrequently until my son got a little older, now that we are shooting it again I actually you-tubed how to disassemble it.

Still have not actually taken it apart and cleaned it.....ever. Mine will occasionally jam with bulk ammo, but it's not common. I clean my other guns semi regularly, just kinda forgot about the little guy in the back of the safe. Getting some shooting now though. Forgot how much fun it was.
Link Posted: 11/9/2017 11:17:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 11/10/2017 11:25:48 PM EST
I bought a used 10/22 at a pawn shop in 1986.

I have never cleaned it or lubed it.

Probably the most reliable tool I have ever owned.
Link Posted: 11/12/2017 6:08:30 AM EST
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Pic on the left is a 10/22 barrel I wore out. One on the right is a new one.

It took over 300,000 rounds and over 20 years to wear it out.

Only cleaned it when it was so fouled accuracy fell off, or if I started to get jams.
Link Posted: 11/13/2017 10:23:30 AM EST
My wife uses it for pest control around the place; it's been at least 3 years since I've cleaned it.
Link Posted: 11/20/2017 9:18:01 AM EST
Guns are tools. Tools that are maintained, cleaned and serviced retain their value and outlast those that aren't.
Link Posted: 11/20/2017 9:55:37 AM EST
It only takes seconds to run a patch on string trimmer line down the bore and then wipe out the action area.  Yet, there is a very good chance my 10-22 is dirty right now.
Link Posted: 11/20/2017 8:46:49 PM EST
I spray and wipe out the chamber area after shooting suppressed a lot. The mags get cleaned more than the rifle. I need more mags so I don't have to clean them as often.

CHRIS
Link Posted: 11/22/2017 7:09:59 PM EST
I just cleaned mine today. My manager and director and coworker went shooting today and we shot about a brick and a half of Federal bulk
thru my custom 10/22. I broke it down to clean and really was not dirty. Ran a bore snake thru the barrel a couple of times a bit of CLP on the bolt and put it back together. I do notice Federal runs cleaner than Winchester. A brick of Federal is about as dirty as a mag of Winchester.
Link Posted: 12/3/2017 10:05:37 AM EST
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Pic on the left is a 10/22 barrel I wore out. One on the right is a new one.

It took over 300,000 rounds and over 20 years to wear it out.

Only cleaned it when it was so fouled accuracy fell off, or if I started to get jams.
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I'm impressed. I've never seen a worn out 22 barrel, touché sir.
Link Posted: 12/3/2017 10:12:37 AM EST
I shoot cheap dirty thunder bolt / Golden bullet. I'm lucky to get 1k before I get FTF. The build up on the ramps just ejects all of the rounds.
Link Posted: 12/3/2017 10:20:00 AM EST
I haven’t really cleaned mine in over a decade, maybe a patch down the barrel once or twice but the bolt and trigger are really dirty. I do clean and oil the rotary magazine regularly because it jams if it gets even a little dirty. My son has started shooting a lot more recently and he cleans everything after he uses it so it may have been cleaned recently without my knowledge.
Link Posted: 12/3/2017 6:09:59 PM EST
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I'm impressed. I've never seen a worn out 22 barrel, touché sir.
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Thank you

I am working on wearing out another right now. Only has about 100,000 rounds through it right now.
Link Posted: 12/4/2017 8:11:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/9/2017 2:54:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Nate19:
Guns are tools. Tools that are maintained, cleaned and serviced retain their value and outlast those that aren't.
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FINALLY a voice of reason
Link Posted: 12/9/2017 6:55:18 PM EST
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FINALLY a voice of reason
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Originally Posted By Nate19:
Guns are tools. Tools that are maintained, cleaned and serviced retain their value and outlast those that aren't.
FINALLY a voice of reason
I would normally agree 100% with this, but with one rifle I shot more rounds through it than 99% of gun owners will ever shoot in their lives and only cleaned it when it started malfunctioning( about every 2000 rounds or so, depending on what ammo I was feeding it that week) and it took 300,000+ rounds and 20 years to wear it out.

This would seem to lend credence to the “don’t clean your .22s until they fail” camp.

Carry gun is another story completely. Cleaned every time it is shot.
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