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Rifle cleaning

26 Mar 2017
@ 10:00 pm (GMT)

Brendon Greig

This may seem like a silly question but I have watched Nathan's video twice on breaking in a new barrel after this he makes the comment about not removing the last lot of copper fouling as it is a slow fouler I was wondering what everyone does in the way of cleaning when taking their gun home I have always cleaned mine particularly since finding Nathan's site and reading his books just wondering if I am over cleaning them


27 Mar 2017
@ 08:47 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Rifle cleaning
As I have said, treat each barrel as an individual.

You may have my first edition Accurizing book. In the second edition (2015?) I delved deeper into this and covered fast versus slow foulers and also chrome lined bores which is a big thing with the amount of AR's around. In any case, the video has the info needed. Apart from this, others cannot tell you whether you have been cleaning too much. You must study your own rifle as I did in the Tikka vid. Your next rifle may be the anti of the Tikka. The trick is to get to know each of them and not rate one as being better than the other but instead, how to get the best out of each.
27 Mar 2017
@ 09:12 am (GMT)

Grant Lovelock

Re: Rifle cleaning
I think understand what your asking.... and there is two ways you can go here....
1. Clean after every use, but before heading out for a hunt you need to put a few fouling shots through depending on how quickly the rifle "settles" in to consistant shooting.
Or 2. After shooting or hunting just put an oil patch through the bore so it isolates the fouling from moisture and the air which should eliminate any corrosion happening between shoots/ hunts and hopefully also eliminate the need for any fouling shots.... you need to know how many shots you can do like this before it affects consistent accuracy and needs a really thorough clean.

As Nathan says... each barrel has its own characteristics depending on caliber, projectile, powder combo's so you need to learn what your rifle can handle.

It is not usually necessary to clean barrels to eliminate 100% of any copper.... dont be concerned if there are little traces here and there.

An important point I would like to make though is that in my opinion a new barrel is much more prone to corrosion issues than a "seasoned" barrel.... that is one that's had around 150-200 rounds through it.... they then seem to resist corrosion much better.
27 Mar 2017
@ 07:49 pm (GMT)

Brendon Greig

Re: Rifle cleaning
Thanks Grant yes that is more what i were asking I tend to fully clean my rifle before storage and then give it a heavy dose of oil then give it a clean before using it as I never seem to get out as much as I would like
28 Mar 2017
@ 09:48 am (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Rifle cleaning
Great insight Grant.

As already said a very individual thing that is personalized to the particular barrel/combo.
Generally I run with Grants second suggestion and shoot over the lightly oiled barrel.
Our Rem 300 is an extremely heavy fouler so it gets limited rounds and 1st treatment along with more frequent polishing. My 308 loves life and will happily shoot hundreds of rounds sub .5moa with just an oil when l get home.
Our problem child a Howa 223 doesn't foul at all.
And the old "as new" 270w Rem l have set up for this season is a ridiculously heavy .5moa fouler & even though it's 30 odd years old it will get the full break in treatment as Nathan outlines in his books. This was never done, just taken out of the box & shot so it continues to foul all these years later.

So you can see from just those few rifles, some very different approaches needed to get the best from them and this cannot be worked out until they have been assessed for a while.

There's no "one size fits all" as many would have you believe..........


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