This is a discussion on cleaning up my dad's .22 within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; When my dad passed away a few years ago my 2 brothers and I split up all his firearms, ammo, and related gear. I got ...
When my dad passed away a few years ago my 2 brothers and I split up all his firearms, ammo, and related gear.
I got his first firearm, a Savage 15-A single shot bolt action .22.
Its a great little 22, easy to use, good to train young shooters, and very simple in design. I've let my son shoot it a few times which he absolutely loves.
We went shooting yesterday and I'm finishing cleaning the 22 today. I decided to strip it down since I haven't really cleaned it thoroughly since I've had it. I did some research and found one site that said the model 15 had a stock all stained but the 15-A had a bit of black on the tip of the forend. Mine is a 15-A but doesn't have the black on it. After reading this and looking closer at my rifle it appears that my dad must have refinished this thing years ago in his younger days (born early 40's). Its also got an accumulation of crud, lint, dirt, and who knows what else after I removed the barrel and trigger assembly. I have some questions for you folks experienced with wood stocks (I've done lots of carpentry work before but not on firearms).
What is best to use, and what is to be avoided to clean the barrel bed, and bolt/trigger area of the stock? should I lightly sand down the barrel bed area to remove the laquer/stain buildup/junk thats in there or just clean it with something?
I know its not a 1000yd shooter so I'm not going to be worrying about sub-MOA, but I don't want to screw this up either. I just want to properly clean this junk out beyond using my canned air to blow the initial junk out of there.
attached pics: 1)Savage 15-A .22 rifle torn down, sitting on a Remington mat, being watched by my 6-month old lab Winchester
2)inside the forend
3)forend area which I think is supposed to be painted black
4)gunk in the bolt/trigger area
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I'd use a fine (0000) steel wool to start with, it should clean it up, if not move to a 00 steel wool, then back to 0000. If your going to use sandpaper I wouldn't go any coarser than 400 grit. Probably try to use 800 or 1000 grit if you can find it.