After you get your first rifle, it’s important to clean it - DO NOT shoot a brand new gun or any gun that you are unsure of before it has been cleaned.
For most part, cleaning a rifle is no different to cleaning any other mechanical machine. No more, no less. Remove the dirt, wipe with oil, maybe lubricate. The end.
With firearms it is a very contentious issue and if you ask 5 people for advice, you’ll get 15 opinion. Some are excellent, vast majority however is just folklore and stupidity, based in nothing more than imagination.
Essentially, there are three ways to think about it cleaning a rifle…
- Practical. I shot my gun, I cleaned my gun, I am going to put it away and I know it won’t rust.
- Field clean. I am hunting, it’s raining and I stuck the muzzle in the dirt. It needs a quick clean before I I can shoot it again.
- Competitive shooting. These people are what you could consider ‘on the spectrum’ (sorry @sungazer) and big time OCD (again, sorry @sungazer lol)! 99% of the time, 99% of shooters don’t really need this approach. F class shooters of course look for competitive advantage and will chase 1%, assuming everyone is on 99%.
So, rather than giving you my opinion, I found a few videos that I think are amazing and teach you everything you need to know about:
- Cleaning solvents
- About firearm cleaning
- About firearm lubrication.
The presenter is a walking encyclopaedia of gun. Unfortunately he doesn’t post often, but this is one of my favourite YouTube channels and he really knows his stuff (read his bio)!
Grab a coffee, sit back, you have bout 2 hours to kill…
How to Clean Your Rifle Professionally (1hr 11min 11sec)
How to Oil and Lubricate Your Gun (and how NOT to)
How to Prepare, and Care for a New Gun
After you get your head around that, the conversation below will make total sense!