Rifle Cleaning Tips
- Use a bronze
wire brush for normal bore cleaning. When removing copper,
heavy lead fouling, or plastic shotgun wad fouling use a
nylon brush with Shooters Choice or similar bore cleaner.
(Shooters Choice is a powerful bore cleaner, will eat
- Run the
bronze brush through the bore once for every round fired.
- If you are
serious about the care of your gun invest in a coated
steel or brass cleaning rod. Aluminum rods are soft. They
collect grit and particles that can scratch the bore.
- Wipe the rod
off after every pass through the bore.
- Use a brass
jag to push patches through the bore. Dragging a dirty
patch in a slotted tip back through the bore is not what I
- Use a bore
guide or brass "bumper" to protect the chamber
or muzzle crown from damage.
- Clean the
action with a blast of pressurized solvent such as Gun
Scrubber by Birchwood Casey. It cleans without leaving a
- Oil Lightly!
Oil attracts dirt! If you can see oil, you probably oiled
- If you're
concerned that you've oiled too much, try storing your gun
with the barrel down. This will prevent oil or solvent
from seeping into the wooden stock.
- Strip clean
about every 800 rounds or so. If you don't know how and
don't have an owners manual, take the gun to a Gunsmith.
It doesn't cost that much. (It's cheaper than having him
replace that spring that went flying into the recesses of
your oh so clean garage or basement work room.)
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