in AGI's series on long range shooting, the guy went over proper cleaning in the field. this is what he did:
copper bronze brush with barnes C10, add solvent every 7 strokes
wipe down rod and swipe barrel with clean patch
use witches brew on brush, reapply to brush every 3 strokes
wipe down rod and swipe barrel with clean brush
remove bore guide and use lug raceway mop to clean action area of bristles and solvent
few drops of barrel lube on clean patch, run through barrel twice
not how that first bullet acts after cleaning
any opinions on this, do yall do the same thing or different? im guessing this is for like trips to the range, not after a hunt where you fire just a shot. what about cleaning after a hunt where you took one shot? or do you not bother? thanks
After a good cleaning, I will always foul and sight my rifle in before hunting. I dont fire my rifle after a hunt. Not saying it's wrong, I just dont do it. and there usually is not an opportunity to do so because it's usually dark after a day of hunting which means no firing in the field unless you want to chat with a fish and game warden, and where I live it's not a good idea to fire the rifle "out bacK". The sherrif will likely come visit. If I could I would fire it between hunts to see how the zero is holding but the rifle range is a 40 min drive and no where local to shoot this time of year. I also get concerned about condensation in the bore when it goes through warm/cold cycles. I dont have a bore snake but am planning on getting one to run it through now and then to keep the bore dry and clean. Hunting season has ended here and I have cleaned my rifle and applied some Gun Juice to it to protect the bore while it's not being used.
the guy from best of the west on OLN did a 3 dvd series on long range hunting. in the section on cleaning, he lets his bores soak in sweets instead of trying to scrub the copper fouling out. he uses a little pistol rod with a few patches on a :-) to plug up the bore from the receiver, then he adds like 10 drops of sweets into the bore from the muzzle. sets the gun in the corner, muzzle up, to let soak for half an hour. the pistol rod is supposed to keep the sweets out of the receiver and bedding.
sounds like a better way to get the copper out rather than scrubbing, but im kinda scared to trust the pistol rod and patches to catch all the sweets. i think ill try it pouring the sweets in from the other end, put an empty plastic bottle over the muzzle to catch drips and let it sit that way. save money by not buying a pistol rod and jag and should work just as well right?