Clean a Shotgun

by Karen Bates
(last updated April 13, 2012)

If you have a shotgun, you know how important it is to know how to use it correctly. Gun safety is one of the most vital things for a gun owner to be aware of, and it shows a sense of responsibility. Of course, there is more to having a gun than knowing how to use it and how to be safe with it. Guns require a certain amount of maintenance to keep them working optimally.

A shotgun that is not properly cared for can cause problems for the user. For example, a gun that is rarely or never cleaned will not last as long as a weapon that is cared for regularly. It is also safer to use a gun that has been cleaned. You may reduce the risk of gun-related accidents by following a regular cleaning routine, since you will be removing build-up and inspecting the gun for damage as you clean.

How often you need clean your shotgun depends on many factors, but there are specific tools and techniques that you should use for the job. Consider the following ideas when cleaning your gun:

  • Take the gun apart. Take a few moments to carefully inspect the parts, looking for any wear or damage. If you notice anything that looks like a problem, you may need to get it fixed.
  • Using a rod and patch, proceed to wipe out the bore. First, soak a patch with some solvent, and then attach the patch to the rod. Start cleaning from one end and pushing through to the other side. This helps break up residue or powder in the barrel.
  • Next, run a brush through the bore to further break down and build-up. Follow up by using another patch to get rid of anything that might be left.
  • Wipe the parts of the gun with a rag to remove any dirt from the metal. When you are done, put the parts of the gun back together again.

It can be helpful to keep all of your cleaning items together in a kit so everything is easily accessible. Having the tools you need for gun care store conveniently will help you keep your gun clean and in the best possible condition. Remember when cleaning to put down a protective layer so any dirt or solvent spilled while cleaning the gun doesn't harm your table or work surface during the process.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...


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