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Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

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Unread 09-14-2009, 09:24 PM
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Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

Like most of you, I’ve been cleaning barrels for a good number of years but, I have to admit, until I bought a borescope, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I should perhaps qualify that and say – I couldn’t SEE what I was doing. The borescope made me revise my cleaning regime!

We all have our favourite bore cleaners and mine is Butch’s Bore Shine. I’d never used Butch’s until I went to New Zealand for the World Benchrest Championships in 2001. It’s customary at these events to receive a ‘goody-bag’ and ours contained a bottle of Butch’s. Naturally, my rifle was squeaky-clean but, why not give the Butch’s a go and see if it will bring out any more fouling? I was shocked to find that it did - lots! My next step was to take my bottle of bore-cleaner – which I had cunningly smuggled on the plane in a shampoo bottle – and pour it down the drain! Read More...
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Unread 09-15-2009, 12:09 AM
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Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

Thanks to Vince for writing this and thanks Len for getting this on the site.

BTW, Sinclair sells an 'action cleaning kit' that includes a chamber cleaning rod and mop, among other items to clean action lugs, etc. Hope this helps.
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Unread 09-16-2009, 12:37 PM
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Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

great class, thanks for the teaching
What do you think of BoreSnake Bore Cleaners?
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Unread 09-17-2009, 09:04 PM
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Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

I have what you'd probably call a silly question. I have a rifle that was never properly broken in. By that I mean the shoot one, clean and repeat method. Never had anything but your typical cleaner used either. Either Hops or Remington. Nothing specifically for copper. I think the 1st time it was shot was after a quick cleaning, then about 20 straight rounds sighting it in. From there on it was 5-15 rounds and a typical cleaning again. This would consist of patches followed by a brushing. Then dry patches. Oh, this was with the rod end that you pulled patches through. I never owned a jag until now. By my count, should be 110 rounds through it like this. At 100yds it shoots 3/4-1" for 5 shots.

For a gun like this, would you recommend cleaning it really well with a copper cleaner and regular cleaner like in the article then rebreaking it in, or just clean it well and continue to shoot as normal? Basically wondering how much damage I've done.

Sorry for the basic/dumb question. My gun was the one of the first that was new in my family so we'd never had to worry about breaking one in. Accuracy wasn't super needed either. Typical shots where I used to hunt were 50-100 yards.

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Unread 09-20-2009, 12:57 PM
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Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

That was a good article on cleaning the barrel. However, I have to disagree on one point. If you are going to store your rifle I would not use WD40. Long term it can get gummy. There are better choices out there such as CLP and Militec.
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Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

I was hoping to see a torque wrench, but alas....
I'd like to buy a good such wrench, and am looking at either the Weaver wrench or the Wheeler FAT. Does anybody have any experience with both? I'd like to know which one is better........?
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Re: Basic Rifle Maintenance - Part 2 By Vince Bottomley

After thinking about what was happening and what I wanted to accomplish, I developed my own method for cleaning my rifles. It is very similar to yours, except after cleaning I run a wet patch with gun oil (not WD-40) through the bore and then a dry patch to remove any excess oil.
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