What equipment do I need for cleaning a shotgun?
“Right now I’m going to go through the different bits of kit that we can use to clean our gun, and we’re gonna need them in a minute cos it’s pretty filthy in there. First and foremost we have the bronze brush. This is for taking out the powder residue from the cartridges because obviously not all the powder finds its way into the explosion, we get bits of powder left up in the gun. So that’s used for brushing that out. We also this phosphorus brush as well for that. We also have a pair of mops. These go up and also help to polish the barrel once we’ve finished removing the worst of the rust and powder residue. Hopefully there won’t be too much rust in there. Then we have this little bit here, what happens with this is we use some muslin type cloth and it sits in the gap between the bit of kit there. This is then rolled up and put down the barrel, and we’ll push this up and down until basically the cloth comes out nice and clean. It removes all of the oil that we might use in the gun. This stuff here [unsure] is the stuff of choice for doing this here. We’re going to put that down the barrel to loosen the different deposits and throw off any rust and things that are in there. We also have another option to us. If we’re just gonna do a fairly quick clean we use this thing here. This is called a bore snake. Basically the string goes down the barrel. It then has a small brush there to brush out the residue then a big mop to pull through to wipe out any of the oil. That’s alright if we’re using it for a quick go through, but if we wanna do a proper clean then we’ve got all these bits and bobs here. We also have two rods, which are quite essential for doing this job. Basically all of the different implements you have seen in front of you attach to the end of this rod and find their way down the barrel.”