Cleaning a Firearm for Hunting Season

Cleaning Your Firearm

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Des Moines, Iowa – -(Ammoland.com)- Proper cleaning of your firearm helps ensure it operates in a safe and reliable manner. Firearms should be cleaned after every use, before your next hunt and after they have been stored for a long period of time.

Clean your firearms after every use to keep them in top condition. Every hunter should own a complete cleaning kit.

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Work on a cleared table or bench. Always give cleaning your full attention. Never clean a firearm while doing something else.

Follow these basic steps to clean your firearm.

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction, and make sure the gun is unloaded.
  • Remove all ammunition from the cleaning bench.
  • For the most thorough cleaning, field strip the firearm as directed in the firearm owner’s manual. Then clean each part separately.
  • Follow the instructions in your cleaning kit. If possible, clean the barrel from the breech end, using a bore guide and a cleaning rod holding a bore-brush or patch, whetted with solvent. Pass the brush/patch all the way through the barrel. Repeat several times with fresh patches. You may need a larger brush for the chamber. Use a hand brush to clean the crevices where powder residue accumulates. Follow with a dry patch, and finish with a lightly oiled patch for the barrel. Use cloth for other parts.

A Cleaning Kit Should Include:

  • Assorted rod tips—brushes, mop tips, slotted tips, jag tips
  • Bore light
  • Clean cloths
  • Cleaning rods
  • Cotton swabs
  • Dental mirror
  • Gun grease
  • Gun oil
  • Gunsmith screwdrivers
  • Patches appropriate for the caliber or gauge of the firearm
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Solvent
  • Stand to hold the firearm securely in a horizontal position
  • Toothbrush

Use a flexible “pull-through” cleaning cable when cleaning firearms with lever or semi-automatic actions to prevent dirt, grime, or debris from being pushed into the action area.

Use cleaning solvents in a well-ventilated area and only as directed. If cleaning from the muzzle end, use a muzzle protector so that you don’t damage the rifling near the muzzle.

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Joey Bennett

Fantastic tips on how to clean guns and the materials that you need to do it properly. I find that the first few times that I cleaned my guns it was a bit tricky, but just like anything, the more you do it easier it gets.