How long does it take you to clean your gun, from take down to re-load?

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    How long does it take you to clean your gun, from take down to re-load?

    It seems I spend two-three hours after some range time to take down, Wipe-Out™ the barrel, solvent brush & soak other parts, wipe down, oil, lube and reload.

    Granted, the Wipe-Out™ is the big factor here, but still, am i just spending too much time making my gun pristine?

    I don't mind cleaning my gun after a couple hours of range time, but is this normal? What's your procedure after, say, 200-300 rounds?
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    Well, Gunzilla does everything.
    To take down Glock and clean it..30 minutes.
    To take down a Kimber and clean it...2-3 days....but it can be a hassle.
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    It takes me about 20 minutes to do a complete tear down and clean any one of my Sigs. After only a few hundred rounds, I'd probably just do a quick field strip and scrub out in about ten minutes.
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    Every time something gets shot, it gets cleaned/lubed. Average time 15 minutes.

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    i take about half an hour, just because i am anal about it
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    15-20 minutes.

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    About 30-45 minutes. I take my time, clean out all the lube/grease, get all the carbon off the feed ramp, breach and locking insert, brush all the loose crud off, lube the barrel, grease the rails, put it together, function check and wipe down the outside. I'm sure I could do it faster, it doesn't need to be as spotless as I get it but I'm in no rush and I find it relaxing and enjoyable.

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    I am not sure about it, I should say about 20-30 minutes.
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    It takes me about 20 minutes to clean each gun, but I usually clean 2 or 3 firearms at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skippys View Post
    It seems I spend two-three hours after some range time to take down, Wipe-Out™ the barrel, solvent brush & soak other parts, wipe down, oil, lube and reload.

    Granted, the Wipe-Out™ is the big factor here, but still, am i just spending too much time making my gun pristine?

    I don't mind cleaning my gun after a couple hours of range time, but is this normal? What's your procedure after, say, 200-300 rounds?
    What exactly are you doing that you think is takin' so long?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skippys View Post
    What's your procedure after, say, 200-300 rounds?
    H&K P2000SK 9mm at the range, if wanting to clean between sessions: ~10-12mins, for the gun a several magazines.

    This includes the following ... Field strip to major component parts (frame, slide, barrel, recoil spring assy. Spritz barrel with solvent and set aside. Spritz all small parts with solvent and wait ~2mins. With "gritty" microfiber towel, get to work cleaning the smaller parts, getting rid of the powder, carbon, copper fouling. When done, clean the barrel, including with a few passes with a BoreSnake. Using another microfiber towel and decent gun oil, lube up all parts, all friction surfaces, then reassemble and wipe down. Break down the several magazines that I'm using during the session and clean them.

    If doing a heavier cleaning, I simply allow ~30mins for the solvent to do its work instead of a couple minutes. Seems to work very well, and the gun runs smoothly.

    If doing all magazines, and if I need to deal with copper or carbon fouling that isn't getting taken care of with normal "quickie" cleanings, then I'll add in a copper solvent and take another ~30mins at home. Occasionally, I've used a bore solvent to the maximum time for the solvent to work. In these cases, it can take a couple hours to get everything completely cleaned and lubed. But, keeping on the problem seems to help keep down the serious build-up.

    Note that the time can be dramatically affected by the quality and speed of the solvent you're using. Previously (or at home), using Break-Free CLP would take ~15-30mins of sitting with the solvent to eat into most of the crud. Whereas, with Mil-Comm MC25 degreaser/solvent, it doesn't require much time at all to remove all fouling. Of course, leading and extended copper fouling is different and requires a bit more "oomph" and time. But for normal field-strip cleanings, this solvent works exceptionally well. (Haven't tried GunZilla or some of the other currently-popular products.)
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    It takes me about 10 minutes per gun since I switched to GunZilla. One product makes it go quicker.
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    About 30-45 per gun. This includes time to let the barrel soak, and I put a half-drop of oil on each side of the slide and stand it up to let the oil run down the rail to coat it. Im also very particular about cleaning everything.

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    Time? Who keeps track of time when you're making love to your gun?
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    I use Gunzilla for everything but the bore, in which I use Blue Wonder. I typically completely tear down my 1911 and start with the barrel. I then set it aside, letting the Blue Wonder do it's work. I then clean and lube everything else and finally swab out the bore. Total time about 30-35 minutes. I can't imagine what you're doing that takes several hours???
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