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When working on firearms, it's important to
use the right tools. Hollow ground screwdrivers
that properly fit screw heads ensure the screws
on barrels, stocks and scopes won't be marred,
causing an eyesore that devalues the gun.

and you might be surprised how little
elbow grease you'll need.

Muzzle Maintenace

Cleaning rods still are a mainstay, and
I recommend using the coated ones.
Many pump and semiautomatic long
guns don't allow for cleaning from breech
to the muzzle, but for those others, a
chamber bore guide can be used to keep
the rod straight and prevent it banging
around the chamber.
If you have to clean from the muzzle,
brass muzzle guides can be used to prevent the crown of the muzzle from getting
hammered.
Whether you use a slotted eyelet or
jag, the cloth should be snug as it passes
through the bore, but not so tight that you
really have to force it or bang it through.
Today, many have turned to bore
snakes that can be inserted from the chamber and pulled through to the muzzle.
Bore snakes might be coated metal or
made of single-strand or braided nylon.
They work very well, and there's no
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chance of ruining the crown. The braided
ones also can be washed.
Know, too, that copper or brass brushes
- as good as they are - will degrade over
time when using ammonia solvents. And
the combination can turn a patch blue,
misleading you to believe the solvent is
working on the bore. So it's a good idea
to replace these brushes regularly.
Plastic brushes and eyelets are not
affected by solvents, but if they encounter
too much resistance in the bore, the plastic
thread might strip free of the rod.
When using a cloth patch, change out
the patch after the rod passes through to
the end, and do this for the first few passes
so you don't pull the old residue back in.
As far as bristle brushes go, I usually
go back and forth no more than six times,
then switch to a couple of alternating wet
and dry patches to get out the residue, then
clean off the brush.
Once you're done with the barrel, clean
the chamber area. It is a gathering spot for
residue as the rod is pulled back and forth
throughout the cleaning process.
Finally, pull through a lightly oiled
patch, then a dry patch. This leaves a thin
protective film on the bore.
Don't soak the barrel with oil. Too
much oil in the barrel obstructs the bore
and will increase pressures as the bullet
tries to fight its way through.

Doing Things Right

For those firearms that are stored for
long periods of time, I've used thick
preservatives like RIG, which need to
be cleaned out thoroughly before using
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