share your rifle cleaning "ritual" and products used!
Ok, I searched the site to find a similar post, but could not, so I thought this would make a good discussion that others might find helpful (if it has been discussed previously, just direct me to that thread). I am interested in finding out how others go about cleaning their rifles. For me, it is somewhat of a "ritual" that caters to my OCD behavior :) I have a .300 winmag browning x-bolt special hunter (stainless barrell/bolt/action/trigger/guard) with non-fancy ("hunter" grade) wood. It has a Vias brake on it.
While I don't expect you all to detail your process like I have below, I would be interested in hearing what products you use, and the general order you use them in. Also, feel free to correct me if you see any "red flags" in my process! Also, do you ever do a "quick clean" at the range if you are going to be firing more than "a few" shots? If so, what do you use?
Here is my process for a "full cleaning" (I also have .270 win model 70 ranger, without a brake, and the process is the same for it) :
1) I collect all of my necessary supplies: Hoppes Copper Solvent, Hoppes Number 9 solution, Hoppes gun oil, Tipton cleaning rod, Hoppes patches, patch holder, boresnake and brush, an old toothbrush, and some old cotton t-shirt rags, Hoppes felt cleaning pad, and my homemade foam/cardboard gun rest
2) I usually set it all up on a fold out table in my "man room" area, but sometimes I do it at the kitchen table if the fam is out of town
3) after again checking that the gun is unloaded (probably for like the 25th time since the last shot was fired), I remove the bolt and magazine, and place them aside on a stack of a few old cotton tshirts, and place the gun on the rest
4) I remove the Vias brake, dip it in copper solvent, and let it sit aside on a cloth
5) I soak a patch in copper solvent and run it through the barrel from the chamber and out of the muzzle crown, taking care at the crown
6) I remove the patch, rather than pulling it back through
7) I wait 5-10 minutes, and then I run the Hoppes boresnake through 5 times
8) I then run a clean, dry patch through, and remove it before pulling the rod back through
9) If the patch is not clean, then I soak a patch with copper solvent and make one pass, wait about 5-10 minutes, and then make 1-2 passes with the brush, and then repeat the boresnake process
10) I will then run another clean, dry patch through--by this time it is usually clean; if not, I will run a patch soaked with copper solvent through, and let it sit overnight, and repeat the process above the next day
11) Once I get a clean patch, I will make one pass with a patch soaked in #9 solution--this is usually a clean run
12) Then I run a dry patch through (only one way), changing it until it comes out dry and clean
13) I clean all other metal parts (internal and external, including bolt) with a patch (or old toothbrush) soaked in #9, then immediatly wipe dry with cotton patch.
14) I then run a patch lightly dampened with Hoppes Gun Oil through the barrel once (one way), and then wipe the other metal parts, internal and external (including bolt), with a patch lightly dampened with gun oil, leaving a very light coating
15) I then wipe the wood with a very very very light coat of gun oil, and immediately wipe off any excess
16) I wipe the copper solvent off the brake with a clean patch, then run a clean patch through the brake, and try to get into the brake ports also; then I wipe it down with #9 inside and out, dry it with a clean patch, then lightly oil
17) I wipe the scope "housing" and mounts down with patch dampened with gun oil, and clean the lenses with my cleaning pen
18) I wipe the magazine (it is hard plastic) down with a patch dampened with gun oil and dry off
19) I replace the brake, bolt, and magazine and look for any fingerprints anywhere on the gun and smooth them out if present, and let it sit out locked inside my gun closet for one day before putting back in the safe.
20) I clean up the mess I made, and dispose of any dirty patches appropriately!
If I don't have to let it sit overnight, it usually takes about an hour.