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    How to clean a shotgun

    VideoFriday 01 March 2013
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    “Now we’re gonna go through the process of cleaning the barrels. This is quite important as we’ve had quite a busy day with these and they’re dirty. First and foremost we’re gonna stick some oil into the barrels. This kills off any sort of rust, and water that might be in there to damage the bore. If it does get rusty the bore becomes pitted and weakens the integrity and causes problems later in life. Now we’re gonna use the brush to brush out any powder residue that might be in there from shooting. Same with the other barrel. Straight down, pull it out the end, and that will remove any of the excess powder. Now take that off and replace with the mop. This is gonna take out all of the excess oil, and everything else that the brush may have missed, or if the brush has loosened and hasn’t come out. Same applies straight down the barrel, out the other end. Likewise same with the other barrel. That should leave us with a nice clean bore. Then finally we’re gonna put down the cloth, which will clean out any excess oil of the which we don't want laying about in the barrel when we come to shoot next time. This will also take out anything that might have not come out with the mop,but is still nice and loose. Same applies, straight down the barrel, out the other side. With the amount of cloth we’ve got here it might get interesting coming through the choke valve. There we go, one nice clean gun. Right now we’re gonna have a go at cleaning the action and the forend. We’re not gonna take the gun apart because A) it’s rather cheap and B) I don’t wanna lose bit’s in the field. So we’re gonna give it a quick wipe over just to take off any surface water that might have been there when we were shooting or any rust and filth. Just a quick spray over, and we’ll wipe it off. These bits here, these are where the firing pins sit, when we pull the trigger the firing pins come out of here, hit the primer on the cartridge and go off. Now erm I’ve put some oil in there to make sure these parts run smoothly and also that there isn’t any rust, water or grease in there that doesn’t need to be in there, because that can affect how the firing pin works, causing all sorts of problems like misfires. So we’ll give them a good go over. As you can see this gun hasn’t had a lot of nice treatment as it’s quite rusty. So give this a wipe over, give that a wipe over. Wipe over them, the metal areas, just to make sure we don’t have any surface rust. Cos often that happens quite often. If the gun gets wet we end up with surface rust on the trigger on the plates on the box here, and down the back so we make sure that’s nice and clean. Similar thing applies to the forend, basically we have a little spring that makes the gun come apart. Likewise it goes back the other way to close it. What I’m gonna do is put a squirt of oil in here, a quick squirt in the holes that the lugs sit in, that basically holds the gun together here. And we’ll just give that a little wipe over, just to make sure nothing goes wrong and that we’re free of surface rust and anything else.”

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