RIFLE BARREL CLEANING
Match shooter shooting in competition cleans barrels after 8-15
shots. It is a good rule to clean barrel when 20-30 shots are
through as a maximum shots fired. This depends on size of
cartridge case, and bore diameter. The larger the cartridge case
versus smaller bore diameter, then the more frequency is needed
in cleaning. Cleaning process 1. After shooting X numbers of
shots, the target, varmint or big game shooters should use
following method. Wet 2 patches with cleaning solvent (I use
Shooters Choice),push from rear, up front through barrel, this
takes all loose fouling out.
Next it is best to brush the barrel with copper brush, soaked in
cleaning solvent, about 10 passes, through barrel. Add solvent to
brush after few passes, at muzzle end when brush is out of barrel.
After these passes 10 maybe 20 depending on quantity of shots
fired and condition of barrel, 2 dry patches are pushed through
barrel from rear. Now the barrel should be almost clean !
To clean better it is advisable to soak a plastic brush or fiber brush
with solvent and wet the bore of barrel ! Let it stand overnight, and
check color of solvent next day. It may come out light green or
strong green, depending of fouling in barrel. If it comes out strong
green, brush some more with copper brush and repeat wetting
bore with solvent, and let it stand overnight. Wetting barrels is only
advisable with milder safe solvents, read the bottle instructions.
Some stronger Ammonia blended solvents can damage barrels if
left too long in barrel. It is advisable to leave barrels wet with
milder solvents until next shooting .
URGENT ! DRY BARREL OUT BEFORE SHOOTING .
Cleaning process, No 2. Some Rifles can have rough bores, and
foul badly. For cleaning them it may be necessary to use stronger
solvents Ammonia blended. Use the Ammonia blended solvents
carefully and only for soaking wet for 15-20 Min’s. Don’t brush
them in with copper brush; this will ruin brush, use plastic or fiber
brush. Even abrasives may be used to get out severe fouling, but
work carefully with them ! Best is to use oil soaked/abrasive patch
rolled around a cleaning jag and push through barrel in short
strokes, gradually towards the muzzle end. After using Ammonia
blended solvents, and or abrasives, it is advisable to use milder
solvents to clean barrel and do the color check overnight ! When
cleaning process is done it is good workmanship to dry out
chamber of gun, clean locking lug area, inside of action and put
small dips of grease on locking lugs.
Good Shooting !