Cleaning a Single Action: How long shld it take?
I have been shooting guns my entire life, but I've never enjoyed shooting revolvers very much. Why? Because I absolutely hate cleaning guns, and even after shooting just one box of 50 rounds, it seems as if any revolver I ever shoot needs a thorough cleaning, especially if I am shooting target loads, such as semi-wadcutters.
I swear, I can shoot a box of ammo in about 30 minutes, and then I have to go home and spend at least 45 minutes to an hour cleaning the revolver. Six chambers, plus the barrel, plus all of the nooks and crannies of the frame. Dozens of patches to be fit, lots of swabbing with stinkie Hoppes and often lead cleaner, scrubbing with a bronze brush, wiping with clean patches till they're not the least bit black, wiping with oiled patches. And, cleaning out that area around the forcing cone is always a real pain.
Geez, by the end of all of that, I feel like I never want to shoot a revolver again. I often go a year between shooting, just because the cleaning process is such a downer.
On the other hand, maybe I am just plain doing something wrong?
How often do you clean your piece? How "clean" do you get it? How much time does it take you?
If I could get the whole thing down to about 15 minutes somehow, I would probably shoot a lot more.
(I've heard of black powder pistol shooters just putting their entire revolver in the dishwasher, with excellent results. But, I would doubt that this would be good for a high quality, blued, smokeless piece.):-)
Thanks for all advice.