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Hunting 101: How To Clean Your Rifle?

As a responsible hunter, it is important to know how to clean your rifle after each hunting trip properly. That will help maintain the accuracy and functionality of your rifle and keep you safe while hunting.

In this blog post, Eagle Arms will discuss the steps necessary to clean your rifle safely and effectively. So, if you’re prepared to discover how to clean a hunting rifle, keep reading!

Step 1: Disassembling the Rifle:

The first step in cleaning your rifle is to disassemble it. That means taking the gun apart so that you can clean each part. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for disassembling your particular rifle model. Once the gun is disassembled, you can begin cleaning each part.

Step 2: Cleaning the Barrel Exterior:

The next step is to clean the exterior of the barrel. You can do this by using a bore brush and solvent. First, soak the bore brush in solvent and run it through the barrel several times. Remember to pay special attention to where the muzzle enters the barrel (the throat). That is an important area to clean because it can become very dirty and affect your rifle’s accuracy.

Once you have run the bore brush through the barrel a few times, you can use a patch to remove any residual solvent or dirt. To do this, place the patch over the end of the bore brush and push it through the barrel. Be sure to change the patches frequently so that you are not pushing dirt back into the barrel.

Step 3: Cleaning the Rest of the Rifle:

Once the barrel is clean, you can clean the rest of the rifle. Begin by clearing any dirt or debris from the outside of the gun with a brush or cloth. Then, remove the bolt and magazine (if applicable) and set them aside. Next, use a brush to clean the inside of the receiver. Remember to pay attention to nooks and crannies where dirt or debris could accumulate. Finally, wipe down the outside of the gun with a cloth to remove any fingerprints or residue.

Step 4: Cleaning the Barrel Interior:

Now that you’ve cleaned up the outside, it’s time to get stuck cleaning those pesky interior parts. Use patches soaked in solvent or oil, depending on what type of residue is left behind, and then run them through your barrels for good measure!

Step 5: Lubricating Your Rifle:

Once your rifle is clean, it is important to lubricate it to protect moving parts and keep it functioning properly:

  1. Grease the bolt assembly with a small amount of oil.
  2. Rub a small quantity of oil on the trigger assembly.
  3. Apply a thin coating of oil to the barrel.

Step 6: Assembling the Rifle:

Once the barrel is clean, you can reassemble the rifle. Be sure to double-check that all screws are tight and that there are no loose parts.

As you can see, cleaning your rifle is a pretty straightforward process. Even so, there are some things to be mindful of to make the job easier and get better results. Following these tips, you can keep your rifle in tip-top condition like a pro and prepare for your next hunting excursion.

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