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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 bronze brushes.)
  • 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 call cleaning.
  • 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 residue.
  • Oil Lightly! Oil attracts dirt! If you can see oil, you probably oiled too much!
  • 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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