Tips on cleaning your shotgun
If you have a gun that you treasure and you would like it to last and perform well then you need to take good care of it. To maintain maximum effectiveness and longevity of your shotgun you will need to keep it clean and maintained regularly especially if you’re storing it over a long period of time too.
Take your shotgun apart
To start with makes sure you have removed all the ammunition. With pump actions and autos pull back the bolt release/bolt grip which will eject said cartridge. You will have to disassemble your shotgun in order for you to be able to clean it efficiently.
Wipe it down
All the cartridges which have been fired down the barrels will have left carbon and residue spoil. For this you will need a cleaning rod which will be the ideal piece of cleaning equipment needed at this stage, lubricant/grease, spray solvent and oil. The attachments you will also need are a bronze brush, a wool brush, a brass jag and some quality cloths (some handy loo roll always works a trick to clean the solvent from the barrels).
Giving the barrels a good clean
It’s important to make sure the barrels are dry before you start. Take the barrels and spray some solvent/lubricant into the bores to loosen the debris before inserting the bronze brush and applying firm pressure back and forth from the chambers to the chokes to dislodge any spoil.
With the brass jag, place a fresh cloth patch onto the end to remove any carbon deposits (or your loo roll!) left from the bronze brushes efforts by again running it from the top to the bottom of the barrels. You will see the dirt cover the cloth once removed.
After you have made sure that the cloth has removed all the debris finally run through it with a wool attachment to give you that mirror shine.
Don’t forget to clean underneath the luggars (ejectors) and apply a little grease.
Cleaning the Action and Stock
Give the action and the stock a good wipe over to remove any dirt and debris, check everything is in good order and add a little lubricant/grease to the necessary parts but makes your action isn’t too ladened with unnecessary oil or lubricant. If the stock is not varnished it will need treating with some top-quality stock oil and worked into the grain of the wood. Leave it to absorb before buffing with a soft dry cloth.
And that’s it for cleaning your shotgun. The shotgun is now cleaned and ready for your next shoot.
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