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SIG 516 after 1030 rds of no cleaning


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Was doing an experiment with this piston gun. I know some Carbine schools have famously gone much further w/o cleaning ...


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Old 09-20-2013, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default SIG 516 after 1030 rds of no cleaning

Was doing an experiment with this piston gun.

I know some Carbine schools have famously gone much further w/o cleaning but this is as far I wanted to take it.

Also it's not just "how far can I take it and it still work" but also "It being a Piston, I am curious how dirty or not dirty it will be after all those rounds".

Cleaned it today at approx 1030 rounds.
There was not a single malfunction during those 1030 rounds.

At that it didnt look clean but it wasnt filthy either:

- Lot of oil from my original heavy oiling (for storage) still left over too.
- Barrel was quite dirty as expected
- Used my chamber stars for the first time. Not sure how to do it so I improvised ( check last pic)

Nowhere was there caked-on Carbon to work on. All the dirt you see even in pics 3 and 2 was spray and wipe, and mos tof it seemed to be a mix of lube and some carbon or dirt but nothing caked on by heat.
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Sloppy wet.........i like it. looks better than what I've cleaned on my DI with half the amount of rounds through it.
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I've read and heard nothing but good things about the sig piston guns. Supposedly you can put 40k rounds down range before any parts need to be replaced. Makes me kick myself for selling the 556 I had
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I also sold a 556. It was a "Classic" and the handguard was so weak and the gun sqeeked every time I grabbed it I had ot sell it.
repolacing the HG w/ a SIG Quadrail would have been 200 bucks.
The 516 is a much better firearm IMO
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Mine was the swat so it had the quad rail. I just liked the fact that it was a good working gun but different. Bad thing about it was if anything broke nothing was interchangeable with a ar
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Originally Posted by RangerDanger View Post
Mine was the swat so it had the quad rail. I just liked the fact that it was a good working gun but different. Bad thing about it was if anything broke nothing was interchangeable with a ar
I hear you on all of that
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What kind of ammo was it eating? My bushy fires most with no problem. I don't imbelish mine to much because it might get used as a club or canoe paddle. Piston may be in my future.
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Originally Posted by kwo51 View Post
What kind of ammo was it eating? My bushy fires most with no problem. I don't imbelish mine to much because it might get used as a club or canoe paddle. Piston may be in my future.
I was using mostly Ventura tactical 55gr 5.56 (40%), federal 5.56 55gr (10%) and this ammo (50%):

First Look at Gun Wrangler reman 5.56/.223
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Pretty clean fodder.
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