Re: how often should i clean my 22
Many rifles including 22 have the barrel ruined by excessively cleaning them the wrong way. That is, using a steel rod, stainless steel brushes, way too strong of a homemade copper solvent, and using the rod from the muzzle end rather than from the breech end. The common damage is from a steel cleaning rod used from the muzzle end. A muzzle guide helps if there is no other way than to clean from the muzzle (lever gun, some autos and pump guns and others) but a pull through cable like the OTIS, is still better yet.
Pull through "rods" (actually a plastic covered wire cable like OTIS uses), the correct solvent left in the bore for no longer than the instructions direct, and only nylon or brass cleaning brushes will not hurt the bore.
The only negative about cleaning the bore after every shoot is that some people think the bore shoots best fouled. I have not seen that in my experience. I often shoot strings of 100 rounds starting off with a clean and lightly oiled bore and have not ever seen a difference in accuracy from the beginning to the end. No one shoots more accurately than Bench Rest shooters and they clean often during a match. But your experience may be different(?).
Last edited by LDBennett; 10-16-2012 at 04:02 PM..