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Posted: 10/15/2008 9:05:12 AM EST
so, you sight in your deer rifle. it wreaks of gunpowder. clean it or leave it?

cleaning it, could give off an oil and grease smell.

just wondering how anal you all are.

i think i might clean my barrel and flash hider with a light amount of break cleaner which will dissolve away, and give it just enough remington oil to prevent rust.
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 9:53:51 AM EST
I don't think its an issue, I'd leave it.
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 10:06:31 AM EST
I never hunt with a clean bore. I clean them prior to the season, then sight in/verify zero, then hunt. I don't like the surprises of a CCB shot, and with modern primers and propellants there is very little to worry about rust. If I am caught in a down pour and need to, I'll just use a lightly oiled boresnake to make a few passes with.

I'm not worried about the deer smelling gun oil. I am concerned with making the first shot count.
Link Posted: 10/15/2008 1:46:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By DPeacher:
I never hunt with a clean bore. I clean them prior to the season, then sight in/verify zero, then hunt. I don't like the surprises of a CCB shot, and with modern primers and propellants there is very little to worry about rust. If I am caught in a down pour and need to, I'll just use a lightly oiled boresnake to make a few passes with.

I'm not worried about the deer smelling gun oil. I am concerned with making the first shot count.


+1

Presuming a barrel is "broken in," then once I start hunting, I do not clean the bore. I wipe the gun down with CLP on the outside when it appears that it might need it.

While I hate cleaning guns, I do it very meticulously, when they really need it.

Knowing when is pretty much the trick.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 6:31:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By builttoughf250:
so, you sight in your deer rifle. it wreaks of gunpowder. clean it or leave it?

cleaning it, could give off an oil and grease smell.

just wondering how anal you all are.

i think i might clean my barrel and flash hider with a light amount of break cleaner which will dissolve away, and give it just enough remington oil to prevent rust.

The smell of gunpowder or gun oil isn't going to hold a candle to the reeking stench of human, even if you're dressed up in your $300 scentlock suit chewing your scent-free gum. All that shit is a gimmick, designed to part you and your dollars. If you're downwind, the deer will smell you; the smart ones will skedaddle, the dumb ones will end up in the freezer.
Link Posted: 10/16/2008 6:40:51 PM EST
And then there's that wonderful smell of good old fashioned Hoppe's No.9.

Little wonder the deer are scarce in the fall.

I make it a habit of not cleaning my gun just before hunting season either. Run a Boresnake thru it and call it good enough. And then clean the daylights out of it, if I've run into foul weather, after the season.
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