we will discuss how to properly clean
a high power rifle barrel.
Just a word before we start... Recent
installments about how to clean other
firearms caused some confusion.
I am demonstrating one way to clean
a rifle barrel. This is the way I
do it. It is not the only way, it
is just one way.
It works very well for me and has
for many years.
I will be cleaning a Mosin Nagant
M-44. It is a C&R rifle, with
a "gray" bore, meaning that
it was shot sometime in the past with
corrosive ammo and it wasn't cleaned
That made the rifling a little "rough",
or slightly pitted. It still shoots
fine, but it is a little harder to
clean, as the rough bore picks up
To see how to properly do a field
cleaning of the bore immediately after
shooting corrosive ammo, look at this.
We will now discuss what to do after
we get home from the range.
Rifle barrels are more difficult to
clean than most pistol barrels. The
main reason is that rifles work at
much higher pressures and shoot copper
jacketed bullets at high velocity.
This can cause some of the bullet
metal to be "scraped" off
and deposited on the rifling. This
fouling must be removed and requires
some special procedures.