Editor’s Note: This is the third and last installment on cleaning from our technical staff. We asked three (3) of the Technicians on our staff to describe the cleaning procedure that they follow. The last installment is presented by Rod Green.
I started varmint shooting close to 50 years ago and just recently got hooked on F-Class competition within the last few years. To me it brings the best of both long range prone varmint hunting and bench rest shooting all into one sport plus you don't have to wait around in a bean field or the hot prairie for targets to pop up. But whether it's in the field or on the line, at the end of the day, there's one last job to do...That's right, Clean Your Rifle!
Now, with so many products to choose from, and the list is constantly growing, it can get a bit confusing on what to use. Over the years I've tried most of them, and I must admit they will all do the job they were designed for; some just work faster than others. And with the advent of borescopes, the shooter can actually track his or her progress and pick the cleaners that are working best in their barrel. In recent times, I have searched for products that are both fast and also barrel and user friendly. Currently, I am very impressed with the Bore Tech line of solvents and have been using Eliminator, exclusively, in all my rifles.
Just prior to the F-Class Nationals, my boss handed me two sample bottles of Bore Tech's latest cleaners to test out. The first one was C/4 Carbon Remover and the second was Cu+2 Copper Remover. If these two worked anything like the Eliminator, I had a combo of fast and friendly solvents to get the job done and no better place to find out then four days of shooting at Camp Butner, N.C.
Before I get started on my cleaning regiment, let me state that whether I'm at the range, in the field, or on the line, I don't clean my rifles til the smoke clears, at the end of the day. This can mean that somewhere between 66 and 250+ rounds will exit the muzzle. Also, all my rifles whether they are custom or factory, get cleaned in the same manner. The only difference is the solvent-soak time. Most factory barrels need a little more time to let the cleaner do its thing than do match grade custom barrels.
Cleaning equipment I recommend besides solvent:
1) Cleaning cradle of some sort to hold your rifle securely
2) Bore guide with solvent port (keeps the solvent off you and helps eliminate waste)
3) Stock boot to keep solvent off of stock
4) Splatter Box or MuzzleMate to contain solvent spray if cleaning indoors
5) One piece cleaning rods (Quantity 2), one with a pierce type jag and one with a nylon brush
6) Correct size double napped cotton cleaning patches
7) Sinclair Action Cleaning Tool Kit
8) Any good gun oil (Butch’s, TM, Montana X-Treme, etc.)
STEP 1: Run 3-4 wet patches of Bore Tech Carbon Remover down bore. You might want to stab them off center at first, gradually moving to the middle of patch as the bore gets cleaner. Patches will be black.
STEP 2: Using rod with nylon brush, wet brush with Bore Tech Carbon Remover and brush down and back 10 times or 20 strokes. Re-wet brush and repeat. Let barrel soak for 10-15 min.
STEP 3: Repeat STEPS 1 & 2
STEP 4: Run two wet patches down the bore followed by two dry patches
STEP 5: Switch to Bore Tech Copper Remover and repeat the process in Steps 1&2 and then dry the bore out completely with 2 to 3 dry patches.
STEP 6: After both Carbon and Copper applications are complete, I run 3 wet patches of Bore Tech Eliminator down the bore and let the solvent work for approximately 5 minutes. I then follow with one dry patch. This patch should come out streak free and maybe a faint blue (solvent reaction with jag). If I see any streaking I repeat STEP 2 using Bore Tech Eliminator and alternate wet and dry patches until the streaking is gone. Usually, 3 to 5 patches and we are squeaky clean.
STEP 7: I then run one oil patch down the bore, swab the chamber, and then clean the action and bolt (body, lugs, and face) and I’m good to go again!
In conclusion, I found both the Bore Tech Carbon and Copper Removers to be very effective at doing their intended jobs. Also, like the Eliminator, there is no rank odor and they can be used in the confines of home while watching Monday Night Football with no complaints from the peanut gallery! So, if you are looking for a new product that works and is not harmful to you or your rifle, give the new Bore Tech solvents a try. I know I'll be getting some more.
Sales Tech Sinclair International