Cleaning rimfires

MuleyFever

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I know a lot of people fire a lot of rounds through their centerfires without cleaning. Are rimfires any different? Are you seeing long term accuracy without cleaning rimfires?
 

16Bore

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Plated vs. jacketed bullets for starters. 22LR is dirty in general. Cheap ammo even worse. But I shoot a pile of cheap ammo and don’t give a shit. Function stops before the accuracy does on my 10/22’s. Old bolt action head space gets goofy when it gets dirty and sends little dribblers.
 

Sccritterkiller

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I used to get a lot of fouling with lead nose..22...switched to copper it's better but 22 is just dirty. Usually the action stops before accuracy falls off.
 

jaredg

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I will clean an action but quit cleaning centerfire and rimfire barrels a long time ago. I stopped because they shot tighter without cleaning. On my centerfires, when the groups open up, it's time for a new barrel. Just my experience / opinion
 

rayporter

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Competition rimfire shooters dont clean much. they like to go 100 to 200 rounds before cleaning. it takes several to many shots to condition the barrel after cleaning.
 

Rob5589

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I clean my semi autos more than any gun I own. Primarily the action since even good rimfire ammo is fairly dirty.
 
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