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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
I don't oil mine. Ever.
I have them where I can see them often, and once in a while, I'll put a light down the bore and give it a look-see to be sure all is ok. They are fine year to year. I don't keep them in a damp environment, though.
I clean them till they're clean. Then I patch them dry, then I run WD-40 patches down to displace any moisture left behind. I patch that out till dry, too.
I will oil the main spring, and lightly oil the exterior surfaces, but I never put oil in the bore. I know people do, and it works as long as you patch it out, but I don't find a need for it.
When at the range, I shoot till I'm done, then I clean with some Hoppes 9+ to knock out the worst of the fouling, which helps on the home front because the family hates the smell of black powder fouling. So I take out the worst before going home. I don't clean between shots...I don't need to. At about 40 or so, I'll have to pick the crud build up off the outside of the vent to keep it clear. I won't need to swab the bore, though, till I'm done.