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Cleaning a shotgun might sound easy, but it’s quite an intricate process. In this article, we take you through a step by step process on how to clean your shotgun.

When cleaning your shotgun make sure you’re in a comfortable area where you know all your equipment will be safe. Try not to perform a complete teardown when on the road, unless you completely have to. The chances of losing a spring, breaking a part or incorrectly reassembling are high when cleaning your gun in a car or at night (the evening before the big hunt, for example).

Begin disabling the shotgun by removing the fore-end and the barrels for the lock or action. If the shotgun you are cleaning is a multi-choked, remove any chokes in the barrels. You will now need to spray some gun oil down each of the barrels. Attach a bronze brush to the end of your cleaning rod and push the rod up the barrel, from the chamber end towards the muzzle. Move the bronze brush up and down the barrel several times. This will loosen any lead that has coated the inside of the barrel. Then, attach the plastic brush to the end of the rod and repeat.

Cut a patch of cloth and place it on the end of the cleaning rod, then push it up through the barrel, which will clean out any remaining dirt and oil. To polish the barrel, attach the mop to the end of the cleaning rod and push it up through the barrel several times. If your gun is a multi-choked shotgun you must clean the threads on the barrel and the choke. We recommend that the chokes be taken out and cleaned, with some oil and a cloth, after every use.

With the barrels off the shotgun, spray or wipe gun oil all over the action. The copper solvent will be used on the action to remove any powder residue. Finally, apply a light coat of oil before reassembling the gun as this will keep the action lubricated and rust free. To clean the exterior of the barrels, spray gun oil over the barrels and rub with a clean cloth. A great way of maintaining the quality of the wood on your stock is by applying boiling linseed oil onto the stock after use. This works best on oil finished stocks and will be needed mostly after the stock has been exposed to rain

We trust that you’ve learnt how to successfully clean your shotgun from this article. If you’re in need of any cleaning products, we have a range of products that can suit your specific needs. See more here.


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