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I shoot mine often enough that I'm not too worried about the barrels rusting. If i were putting them away for a while, I'd run an oily patch through the barrel.
 

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Per my sons NRA jr rifle class you should run an oily patch through them. I cant say i always do that myself, havent seen any ill effects yet, come to think of it i dont clean my guns any where near as often as i'm supposed to, so dont go by what i do.
 

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I always keep my barrels a little oily, it cant hurt ur gun really.
 

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It would depend on what you are doing with it. If your cleaning it to put away for a while then a little oil is good or if your doing a full clean. If your shooting it all the time you really don't need it. A lot of .22's group better when a little dirty, I just run a patch to keep the loose stuff cleaned up. If I start losing my grouping I will do a full clean with a brass brush and put a bit of oil down it, Once a year or so depending how much I'm shooting that gun.
 

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Yeah, I was talking about shooting and not for storage. I should have been clearer. I was told rimfires especially 22's do not like lubed barrels and are more accurate dry.

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Yeah, I was talking about shooting and not for storage. I should have been clearer. I was told rimfires especially 22's do not like lubed barrels and are more accurate dry.

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That would be my opinion as well. If you're shooting it and it's not sitting in a cabinet or safe for collector reasons, dry is fine. I also find them more accurate dry with no oil in the barrel. With that said, I know many shooters that prefer the barrel dirty for accuracy purposes and they won't touch the action either!! I have the small dehumidifiers in the safe and cabinets I have. They are the type you can plug in to get rid of the moisture they collect and just place them back in with the guns. No complaints here.
 

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I always oil all my barrels when I clean them, especially in the summer time.

I really don't go for any better than grey squirrel grouping at 40 yards though, so I can't attest to tack driver accuracy.
 

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My buddy and I run oil through our barrels after cleaning and we were shooting a 1 1/2 inch target at 65 yards 95% of the time. we don't leave it real wet though we run a dry patch through after the oil patch, maybe that is still considered dry?
 
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