How Do I Clean A Shotgun?
After a day of hunting, what do you like to do: Get your boots off and sit down with a drink? Make dinner? Relax and pet the dogs?
It’s safe to say cleaning your shotgun is way down on the list. Thanks to modern ammunition, that’s OK. Breaking down your shotgun every evening and cleaning it thoroughly isn’t necessary unless it has gotten wet during the day.
Old school shotgun shells used black powder and corrosive primers. Fouling left behind by the powder attracted moisture while the primers deposited corrosive salts. Both caused rust and required almost immediate attention. Failure to do so is why so many old side-by-side are as pocked marked as country roads.
Modern ammunition, with its smokeless powders and corrosion-free primers, solved these problems. For us, it’s enough to do to a quick clean at day’s end before returning a gun to its case and moving on to more enjoyable things.
To do a quick clean, you’ll need the kind of basic gun care gear found in most cleaning kits:
For a quick clean
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