Scrub out your gun bore with the correct size Phosphor bronze brush
and use Bor-Solv supreme bore solvent. This will if used vigorously
remove all powder fouling and residue. Occasionally a Bristle brush
may be preferred as being made of natural hair it is hydroscopic.
This fact will help this brush retain more of it's bore solvent
chemical and for a longer period. In some applications a bristle
brush can therefore be an improvement over a phosphor bronze brush.
This method however, is now more commonly used in Europe.
After scrubbing out using both sides of a Herringbone 4"x 2" patch
in a Split brass or Nylon jag. This will remove all the contaminated
solvent. The split jag is used by inserting a patch midway and longitudinally
into the split and then rotating the patch in your hand in the direction
you are going to tighten the patch and also twist the rod in use.
Always check the chamber when cleaning and if there is powder residue
around the forcing cone use a Chamber brush handle with a Payne
Galway chamber brush to remove residue build up.
Next oil the gun bores by using a clean Wool mop and some liberally
applied Rangoon oil. Rangoon being a tenacious and slow evaporating
oil allows the gun bore to be stored away for longer periods than
usual. Occasionally wash out the wool mop with warm soapy water.
Use paraffin or turps first if the mop is very dirty. Then when
the mop is dry re-soak in clean Rangoon oil and we recommend you
keep the mop in a fresh polythene sleeve or similar container.
When storing your gun do not forget to first relieve the tension
of the main springs by inserting a suitable pair of Snap caps and
dry firing the gun. Then after if you install a Muzzle stuffer this
will with the snap caps in place not only keep the oil vapour inside
the barrel, but will also keep the dirt out and protect the end
of the barrels against damage in your gun cabinet
Before firing the gun again it is important to remove all trace
elements of oil. Oil remaining in the barrel however slight could
seriously rival the barrel walls due to hydraulic conversion process.
Remove all superfluous oil with a patch and jag turning the patch
over until it is clean. Always check the chamber before firing and
if there is powder residue around the forcing cone remove it with
a chamber brush. We advise you never to force a Payne Galway type
chamber brush down the barrel as this type of brush will eventually
come apart and may also damage the gun.
Tips and Final Word...
When cleaning a rifle or pistol use the same technique as for a
shotgun except replace the split brass jag for a Diamond jag and
change patch to the natural flannel type Rifle patch. To use the
diamond jag place the jag diagonally across the patch at the end
and rotate until the patch has wound fully around the jag. If the
patched jag is too big for the bore in diameter, unroll a little
of the patch at a time, trim and rewind same until the correct interference
diameter is obtained. When cleaning continue to change the patches
until the last patch discarded is entirely clean.
Lastly we would offer
this good advise. Never be tempted to use a set of Gunmakers Turnscrews
unless you are absolutely sure that the Turnscrew blade has been
precision ground to the exact size of the slot in your gun screw
and the tool steel is properly hardened. Engraved gun screws are
very expensive to repair and the incorrect sized blade can very
quickly cam out of the screw in question and may damage the gun
screw or the finish on the gun. In some cases even injury to the
user can occur. If you are unsure always ask you gun dealer for
advise. If you must use a turnscrew on your gun make your that it
is of good manufacturer not a cheap and poorly made import.
I hope this guide has
helped you, feel free to contact the author with questions.
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