Do’s and Don’ts of Barrel Cleaning
- Use a good coated rod
- Use a bore guide
- Clean from chamber end (whenever possible)
- Use a bronze bristle brush
- Follow recommended break-in procedures (listed below)
- Use a stainless bore brush
- Leave strong ammonia cleaning products in your bore for extended periods of time
- Shoot your barrel hot enough to brand cattle!
In our experience, the loss of accuracy can be linked to a dirty or fouled barrel approximately 98% of the time!
Barrel Break-In and Cleaning Techniques
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For best results, of course, it is necessary to ‘season’ it and use proper cleaning equipment. We like the Dewey coated rods, a good bore guide, copper/bronze brushes and cotton flannel patches, the appropriate size to keep that jag and rod in the middle of the bore. You will need a good bore solvent, like KG 3, Shooters Choice or CR-10 to loosen the fouling, followed by a scrubbing with Holland’s Witches Brew or KG 2. After cleaning, nullify the solvents with rubbing alcohol and patch dry. Finish with Tetra Gun Oil, KG 4 or Holland’s Bbl Break-in Fluid. Never shoot a dry bore as this will greatly promote copper fouling.
Shoot one, clean, for first ten rounds; shoot three, clean, for next thirty rounds; shoot five, clean, while working up load. Allow bbl to cool to the touch before testing a new load to avoid unnecessary throat erosion.