A rifle is an essential piece of equipment for many hunters all over the the world. It is important to keep your rifle clean to preserve proper functioning and maintain a high level of accuracy. The last thing a hunter wants is for the rifle to fail them at a critical moment when needed most. Fortunately, a rifle that is properly cleaned and maintained will function reliably for many years. Cleaning your weapon is one of the most important parts of gun care and it is relatively simple to clean this type of weapon. To get started for this project I recommend a good gun cleaning kit. The first step in cleaning any firearm, is to ensure that it is unloaded. Safety is the most important consideration before cleaning any kind of weapon.
We begin by taking the bolt out of the rifle. If you don’t know how to remove the bolt of your particular rifle, consult the manual.
Spray some cleaning solvent onto the bolt. A good five second spray will likely be enough to get the bolt running clean. Then set the bolt to the side on a towel to dry.
Attach your bore brush to the cleaning rod and spray it with solvent. Run the brush through the barrel ten times. Be sure the brush goes completely through the barrel and out the other side before pulling it back through. After brushing the solvent through the barrel, set the barrel to the side for five to ten minutes.
While the barrel soaks, go back to the bolt and use a cotton cloth to remove any excess solvent.
Now that the barrel has soaked for some time, spray the bore brush with solvent again and run it back through the barrel multiple times.
Now you want to put the slotted end onto your cleaning rod and thread a cotton patch into it. Run it once through the barrel but do not pull it back through. With the rod still through the barrel, remove the dirty cotton patch off and replace it with a clean one. Now pull the slotted end back through the barrel.
Switch back to the bore brush and run it through a good ten times, followed by another swipe through with the cotton patch in the slotted end. Repeat these steps for a total of three times.
Finally, take a clean swab with some light oil on it and run it through the barrel. Then take a cotton cloth and rub a few drops of oil onto the bolt before replacing it into the gun. Then rub down the barrel and receiver with several drops of oil.
Here is a video showing the bore snake method to cleaning a hunting rifle
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