Cleaning a Bolt-Action Rifle

Cleaning a Bolt-Action Rifle

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    Question Cleaning a Bolt-Action Rifle

    I just got a Ruger M77 Mark II 30-06 rifle.. stainless and synthetic. Is there anything special I need to do for a bolt action? My guess is I just rack the bolt back out of battery, then clean it as I would anything else? If there is something else I need to know fill me in...
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    Cleaning from the chamber to the muzzle is the recommended way for all guns, so take that bolt right out. Be careful of the muzzle crown to keep from damaging it to preserve accuracy. M77's are nice guns, enjoy.
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    I thought I might have to take the bolt all the way out.. but not sure how to do it.
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    Have to read the manual, it should tell ya.
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    I bought it off Gunbrokers used, but in excellent condition. So there is no manual. Know where to find an online manual? or do I have to call Ruger and get them to send me one?

    (added) I will check Ruger.com
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    The M77 is a mauser type action, the bolt is easy to remove, and should be for any cleaning, as cleaning from the muzzle will be detrimental to accuracy.

    To remove the bolt on this type of action, pull the bolt to the rear while pulling out on the bolt stop that is loacted on the left side of the reciever(assuming it is a right handed model..if left then it is on the right.)

    Heres a copy of the manual, printable and all:(disasembly is on page 20)

    http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firear...Manuals/22.pdf


    Its one of the finest actions around, enjoy your new to you rifle.
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    I notice a lot of 'clean from the chamber' advice. Does that mean when you push the copper (brass??) bore scrubber down the barrel.. once you break past the end of the muzzle.. do I remove the brush tip and repeat? or pull backwards? I would still be cleaning "from" the chamber if I pull backwards also from the muzzle, or does that mean push the brush one way only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by floridaguy911 View Post
    I notice a lot of 'clean from the chamber' advice. Does that mean when you push the copper (brass??) bore scrubber down the barrel.. once you break past the end of the muzzle.. do I remove the brush then and repeat? or pull backwards? I would still be cleaning "from" the chamber if I pull backwards also from the muzzle, or does that mean push the brush one way only?
    Here's what I do. Push the bore brush, wet with solvent, through the bore from the breech. When the brush clears the muzzle, unscrew it from the rod and just pull the rod back through the bore. That way you're not dragging all the crud and crap back into the bore that you just brushed out.

    BTW, never reverse the brush inside the barrel. Push the brush one direction only all the way through the barrel.


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    Stoney point also makes a boar guide that takes the place of the bolt and guides the rod down the barrel. It also keeps most gunk from collecting in the breach. there are also "break in" procedures if your going for the accuracy route.

    P.S. there are also boar snakes the you just pull the string through all the way out the front and repeat.
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