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Firearms should be cleaned after every use to keep them in top condition. Every hunter should own a complete cleaning kit.

Man cleaning his rifle

Work on a cleared table or bench. Always give cleaning your full attention. Never clean a firearm while doing something else. Once you start cleaning, complete the cleaning process before you do anything else.

Follow these basic steps to clean your firearm.

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction, and make sure the gun is unloaded.
  • Remove all ammunition from the cleaning bench.
  • For the most thorough cleaning, field strip the firearm following the owner's manual and clean each part separately.