January 2nd, 2017, 10:45 AM
Join Date: Jul 2013
My personal conclusions on cleaning. I'd be interested in others that have many like Art and Kurt for their observations.
1. My Higher end barrels don't foul as easily and clean much easier. For me , my Krieger, and my Ruger precision R5 barrel whoever makes it doesn't get dirty and cleans up quick and easy.
2. My 2 loaded models from Springfield get dirty more and require more cleaning effort.
Cleaning the more difficult barrel as in the SA can be done in a variety of ways and you will figure out works best for you. I find I can do it manually with 20 Otis patches but I prefer to do it another way which is to allow time for the Hoppes to do its thing. Allowing time reduces the patches used to about 10 instead of 20.
Wet patch, wait until
The next day. Wet patch, Dry patch, wet patch. Wait until next day. Repeat for 3 days. That's how I do the loaded barrel which by far get more effort. I need to shoot the Bula more to see how that one will need to be cleaned now that it's broken in.
If I only had 1, I'd probably take the quicker option but I always have a few ready so time is never a factor. Plus having it out on the bench for a few days gets me thinking on what change I want to do next. It's a sickness.