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    Complete Newbie Question

    Sorry for this total newbie question but will someone please explain to me the basics of cleaning a rifle. Ive just never done it. Im buying my first rifle soon and want to be able to take good care of it. What do I need to buy? Where should I clean? Any product recommendations?
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    Lots of people on here will recommend CLP break free as a solvent. It is good because it is in a spray can, instead of a bottle like Hoppes #9. If the rifle has been shot much, you want to start out with a more abrasive rod tip, such as a brush or even a brass (wire) brush. I'll usually run one through to loosen up the grime first. Then take some cleaning patches soaked in solvent and run those through until they come out remotely clean, Finish up with some dry clothes (these should come out clean). Lube necessary points (this changes with the gun). Just remember to NEVER lube the firing pin! That's pretty much the simplified and easy way to clean the barrel. The rest of the rifle's metal parts can be cleaned with the Break Free and a bristled brush. I hope I didn't miss anything! Good luck.
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    Get a good cleaning kit and lots of cleaning patches. First, remove the bolt and triple-check that the gun is empty. Not sure what rifle you have, but if it's a bolt action, you'll need to do this. Try to avoid cleaning from the muzzle! I use a brush dipped in Hoppes #9 solvent and scrub back and forth a few times. Remove the rod and set the rifle aside for a few. While the rifle is set aside, take an old toothbrush and go over your bolt face, removing any grit or residue.

    Go back to your rifle. Take a clean patch and push it through with the cleaning rod. Repeat this process until the patches come out clean. If you still have residue, Breakfree CLP is a good product to run through the bore or to use on your bolt.

    If you are storing your rifle for a protracted length of time, the last patch should have a light coat of gun oil. If you live in a humid environment, I'd recommend wiping your rifle (before putting it in the case) with a RIG rag or something like it (MidwayUSA - RIG Rig-Rag Treated Gun Cleaning Cloth Sheepskin). Also, if you are in any kind of humidity, do NOT store in a padded (foam) hard case under your bed. Rust is NOT your friend!

    add: be sure to run a patch through the rifle before shooting it next time.
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    Where in WA state are you? I would be more than happy to get together with you and show you the ropes of your new rifle and cleaning it, without being judgmental! I also have a very large gun cleaning kit, with brushes, tips, rods, and applicators for literally every caliber made free for your use if you'd like ( and you live close enough!) Everyone starts out somewhere, so don't be embarrassed. I am also teaching my wife some things right now, as she just got her first pistol! PM me if you'd like!
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    thanks for all the advice
    also thanks luvmyglock but my uncle already promised to help me out on that one
    thanks anyways though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bal_g23 View Post
    thanks for all the advice
    also thanks luvmyglock but my uncle already promised to help me out on that one
    thanks anyways though!
    Excellent! It's great to have someone to guide ya a little your first time so you are confident in your abilities. Offer stands if you wanna go shooting though!
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    might have to take you up on that after I get my rifle
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    Quote Originally Posted by bal_g23 View Post
    might have to take you up on that after I get my rifle
    Sure. PM me whenever!
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    If you haven't purchased a cleaning rod yet----get an OTIS cleaning kit, read the manual, and get some patches. End of story.

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    Sorry for the off topic, but is that a house you're using as a backstop in your avatar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Sorry for the off topic, but is that a house you're using as a backstop in your avatar?
    I was thinking the exact same thing.
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    I would also look at a product called Bore Snake. I have them in multiple calibers, usually I purchase 2 for each caliber. One for cleaning and one for lubing. First I brush the barrel from the breech end and then follow up with a couple passes with a bore snake dipped in solvent. I will then follow up with a cleaning patch to make sure all is clean, then another pass with the bore snake dipped in CLP. There are also points you will want to lube with CLP or breakfree but they vary per rifle. Glad you are getting some hands on advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Sorry for the off topic, but is that a house you're using as a backstop in your avatar?
    Not a real gun
    No need to worry haha
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