I normally clean about every 4th shot using Pyrodex. I sometime loose track of how many shots I took between swabbings. This is what I did, hope it helps someone along the way. I made with small zip lock bags a "4-pack" 4 patches;4 balls;4caps; & one cleaning patch. when i get all 4 of each used up it's time to wet the patch with some BP bore cleaner and give her a cleani'n. I also know exactly how many rounds fired by the empty bags.