I feel MANY people over clean their firearm. A lot of people seem to think you have to take a bore brush and scrub the chamber and barrel. I know I'm young (24 years old) and some people just are not going to agree with me. And that is ok also. What is yours is yours, and mine is mine. And at least you clean it....hahaa Some people don't clean them at all......????? Any how, I personally will NOT scrub a bore until accuracy has dropped. On Center fire, I swab the bore with Hope's #9. Let sit for a couple minutes. The run a DRY patch through the bore. I'll repeat this 1 more time. Next I'll use Hope's Bench Rest formula to remove any copper fouling. Then I'll run a dry patch until it comes out clean. Then one LIGHTLY coated patch of RemOil.......Remember LIGHTLY. Once at the rang I'll do a three shot seat in before shooting any groups. As for my RimFire .22s I clean the action. As I use quality lead round. Which most have a wax like coating on them that coated the bore. It's not needed to clean the bore often..... If you are going to store it swab the bore, and use a brush ONLY if there is any powder residue in the bore. Other wise it's going to take 50-100+ shot to "seat" bore. As for pistols the only thing I do more is clean the action. Black Powder is a whole different subject, as the powder it's self is a corrosive........Do what is need to remove all powder. Other wise it WILL rust. Some times over night. If it takes a brush to be sure it's all removed - BRUSH IT....Rust will ruin a bore before a brush. Feel free to voice you procedure. I'm not saying mine is the right or correct way. All I know is it works for me.