Suppose you get your rifle all covered in mud. How and what would you use to clean it? Do you just wipe it? Use some kind of spray cleaner? Wash it all down with a garden hose? The answer is all of the above.
I am going to teach you 3 methods which rank from flimsy, through normal, all the way to the extreme (best method in my opinion).
You can’t actually screw up your weapon with any of these methods, but I get it, some of us are too attached to our guns to use the other methods.
I recommend removing any and all attachments, mags, bolts etc. before starting with any of the methods because you want to clean those separately.
IMPORTANT: Please, check, re-check and make sure your rifle is unloaded. Also, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times.
This first method is the most gentle I am going to write about. What this means is that it’s going to be most gentle on the mud, not the rifle itself.
What you need to do is get a big tub of warm water and a sponge. First, clean the outside of your rifle by laying it on a table or a bench and wiping down repeatedly until its fairly clean.
Next, get a fresh batch of warm water and submerge your rifle, and use your cleaning rod+rag to clean the barrel.
After you have cleaned your rifle, use a great deal of compressed air to blow out any and all water that was on and inside the rifle.
It would probably be a good idea to use a good amount of hot air to vaporize any leftover water in hard to reach spots.
After you are 100% certain your rifle is dry, its time for your normal cleaning routine.
This second method might be the most useful because it utilizes ordinary household items.
Start by securing your rifle firmly on the ground or on a low bench/table. I recommend the ground covered with some tarp because there is a high chance that the rifle will move during cleaning.
The next step is to take out your garden hose and just spray the rifle until its completely clean, inside and out.
Follow up with a good compressor and blow the air out as much as possible.
Now you want to wipe every single inch with Break-Free’s CLP, barrel, and all the grooves as well. Wipe off the excess and use a good source of hot air to treat the rifle.
if you don’t know what CLP is, let me tell you a little about it. Otherwise, scroll down to Method #3.
Break-Free’s flagship product, CLP, is a unique formulation of synthetic oils and individual proprietary ingredients which synergize in combination to do three important tasks simultaneously: Effectively Clean, Lubricate and Protect metal.
Because the CLP formula does not deteriorate under high temperatures or extreme pressure, you can let it do its thing right between the last two steps. The reason for this is the primary purpose of CLP, penetrating and spreading along metal surfaces into every pit and crevice to undercut contamination and lift residue away where it can be removed.
This method is what I like to call the extreme in comparison to the other two, but it’s the most effective and time-saving too.
This is a method my buddy and I actually got to experience once when he fell in a massive puddle of mud while tracking a deer, so, I know it works, and it’s much faster than others.
So, what you need for this method is:
- a good pressure washer
- a pair of really heavy-duty gloves
- a tap for rinsing the rifle
- a bottle of CLP
- air compressor
- 20-300 rounds of ammo, depending on the rifle
Ideally, you would have a buddy by your side to help you out, if you can talk him into doing this like my buddy did with me (took about 20 seconds).
Start by turning on the pressure washer while your buddy puts on the heavy-duty gloves you got for him.
The next step is to have him hold the rifle firmly with two hands in spots far away from your targeted area on the rifle. Carefully use the pressurized water to clean the rifle piece by piece while watching out for your buddy.
Now, if you like your buddy and don’t want to risk hurting him, just do what we did. We secured the rifle very tightly on the ground and my buddy was the one washing down the rifle while I helped him by turning the rifle in between washing shots in all directions possible.
To be clear, I was never touching the rifle while he was cleaning it with the pressurized washer.
After this, you want to rinse the rifle thoroughly to wash away any particles of dirt that came loose but didn’t fall out.
Dry the rifle by wiping it down with a dry cloth and then use a blow drier or some other source of heated air to dry it completely.
By now you know what’s coming, the wipedown with CLP and subsequential wipedown of any excess, and normal oiling routine if that’s how you wanna do it.
The Big Finish
You are probably wondering why the heck do you need 20-300 rounds off ammo for, right?
Well, this is the most important part!
You will take your buddy to your shooting spot and use those rounds to burn away any remaining moisture, burn away any microparticles of dirt left in the rifle, have tons of fun after such hard work, and last but not least, get a chance to properly thank your buddy for the help!
When it comes to rifles, whether we use them for hunting, taking care of predators, target shooting, or home defense, we want to keep them in top working condition, and hopefully, this article helps you out do just that.
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