Clean 'em once every decade.
I get tickled when I see threads where some talk about opening up the armory and cleaning all the guns on a weekly basis. I suppose if they're storing their firearms in the open ... in a sandstorm ... in the tropical jungle, there may be some merit to that.
My son mentioned going shooting this Friday to zero in one of his ARs. The last time we went, he broke out his M1A and this old man spanked his young butt. So this time I thought I'd dig out my old Rem 700 ADL .30-06.
Now for a little background; the last time I used this rifle was 1992. Came home from a hunting trip and heard the wife screaming inside for help. She'd fallen down the stairs, sprained one ankle, and the other foot was bent sideways and backwards. Needless to say, she'd been lying there for hours and couldn't get up (laugh now). If I cleaned the gun later, I don't remember it. Chaos ruled at the time.
In 1993 I moved to sunny FL and the only time my beloved ADL saw daylight was in a post-robbery inventory. Then it went back into hiding until today, when I broke it out of its hibernation.
This rifle hasn't had a drop of oil in 18 years--no weekly cleanings, no silicon-impregnated bags, no super-duper preservatives, just stuffed in a gun case and locked away.
"This is a job for Gunzilla," I said. Ran a soggy patch thru the bore and set it aside. Wiped down and cleaned up the screws, and bolt. Ran a dry patch through the bore and other than a bit of green patina from the 18-year-old copper residue, clean as a whistle. Nary a speck of rust anywhere.
Gee, I almost hate to dirty it up except I feel junior is due another shooting lesson. Then it will be off to its secure hidy-hole until the next cleaning session--some 15 years down the road.:rolleyes: