Imo opinion Richard keeps the cleanest bore barrel here ...since most including me 's gun like it dirty not only saboted and definitely sabotless....Jeff don't clean and still shoots great ,so there has to be some method to whats too dirty and not....Great question and can make a buckshot group gun into a tight grouper ,Once fouled....I believe too much cleaning can be a detriment to a gun's potential until proper fouling has been achieved....Which is not a definite science. But since Richard is a religious clean bore enthusiast,imo his results speak for themselves. He documents thoroughly his ranges sessions and the data is there.....He does a great job on his record keeping as he has for some quite a long time now ,but just not here.....Thanks Again Richard..... Sorry to derail,Kyle, but most here like it Dirty....Your the man with the majic gun,what has been your cleaning routine in the last year...You and your HG has been the one to beat,and congrats on that....?
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I started doing the same process as Richard's and noticed a difference in the bore. I do a jb bore cleaning routine but have noticed my rifle tends to like things dirty for whatever reason. The thing I noticed is my bore "feels" to be more smooth after I've cleaned it with jb and I have noticed my choked muzzle hang been as noticeable. But I might be imagining things also.
I clean once a year whether it needs it or not. Takes 3 or 4 shots to settle it back in. I generally use Butch's bore shine and /or Flitz. It does a good job. I then clean the BP and change the nipple on my Franklin style plug if needed. I don't shoot as many rds. as Richard, maybe 75 a year.
I've been land riding dirty, cleaning out every 200 or so with hoppes 9 just to get the powder fouling out. Cleaning from breech to muzzle with a patched jag, removing the jag at the muzzle on each pass. Wanting to give Ethel a good cleaning to remove all fouling after hunting season. Looking for a solution that doesn't contain ammonia. Thinking about the KG series of cleaners.
All I usually do is run a bore snake through to remove the carbon unless the groups are starting to open up, then I will use Sweet's Solvent to clean the bore. I do clean the breech plug every 100 or so shots.
It seems like I like a clean bore but in reality, my gun need a couple of shots to foul it. How much you clean is relative to how much you shoot? In my case, I average at least 30 shots or more every week. Many don't that that in a season? So a once a year cleaning is all that might be necessary. The greater the friction in your bore the more wear also? Some copper fouling might be necessary in a loose(er) bore to get proper bullet fit. Fortunately with adjustable sizing dies, we can tailor or bullets accordingly. I guess I just feel more comfortable starting the day with a clean bore? .........Target shooting, that is! For hunting, I would want the barreled fouled.
I also dry patch every 10 rounds , After season is out I remove the HIS plug and run a few patches of break clean through the barrel after that I plug the muzzle and fill the barrel with bore solvent and let set for a while to give the solvent time to work. Then I follow up with Kroil oil for the off season.