General Cleaning Instructions
Follow the manufacturer's instructions in the owner's manual. If possible, clean the barrel from the breech end, using a bore guide and a cleaning rod holding a bore-brush or patch, wetted with solvent. Pass the brush/patch all the way through the barrel. Repeat several times with fresh patches. You may need a larger brush for the chamber. Use a hand-brush to clean the crevices where powder-residue accumulates. Follow with a dry patch, and finish with a lightly-oiled patch for the barrel and cloth for other parts.
Use a flexible “pull-through” cleaning cable when cleaning firearms with lever or semi-automatic actions to prevent dirt, grime, or debris from being pushed into the action area.
Use cleaning solvents in a well-ventilated area and only as directed.
If cleaning from the muzzle end, use a muzzle protector so that you don’t damage the rifling near the muzzle.
Run a lightly oiled rag over all exposed metal surfaces to remove any oils from your hands and help prevent rusting while the firearm is stored.