Ordinary good judgment will indicate that the metal parts of the gun should receive a light film of oil after the gun has been exposed to weather or handling.
Occasionally, a small drop of oil may be placed on each receiver track in which the breech boll and barrel extension guides run during operation (See Figure 16). This will help to relieve friction and insure smooth operation.
DO NOT POUR LARGE QUANTITIES OF OIL INTO THE ACTION. A LARGE EXCESS OF OIL WILL RUN BACK INTO THE WOOD OF THE STOCK AND CAUSE SOFTENING OF THE WOOD, WITH CONSEQUENTIAL LOOSENING OF THE STOCK.
3 Inspect the bore from both ends for leading by looking through the bore toward light. Leading will appear as dull longitudinal streaks and is usually more predominate near the muzzle and just forward of the chamber.
A A normal amount of leading can be expected with today's high velocity loads and improved wads but this is not serious. If or when leading should become heavy, it can be removed with a brass bore brush. Make sure a choke tube is installed. Spray the bore or the bore brush with a good powder solvent, and scrub the bore until leading is removed. To prevent brass bristles from breaking off, the brush should be pushed completely through the bore before being withdrawn.
5 After leading has been removed, the bore should be wiped dry with a clean patch, and then a lightly oiled patch run through it for preservation.
6 If the gun has been exposed to much dust, dirt, mud or water, the principal working parts should be wiped clean and lubricated with a light film of oil. Browning Oil is recommended.
7 The magazine tube on the Automatic-5 should be wiped clean of all dirt and grit, and then lubricated lightly with an oiled patch. The friction pieces should be assembled according to the loads to be used, as covered previously.
8 Reassemble barrel and wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an oiled cloth making sure to wipe gun clean of all finger marks where moisture will accumulate.
9 The barrel and action should be inspected to assure that all cleaning patches have been removed and not inadvertently left in the bar-re I or action.
10 The wood surfaces can also be wiped with Browning Oil or they can be polished with any quality furniture wax (but not both).
DO NOT TAKE YOUR GUN'S ACTION APART.
This is a specialized, finely fitted mechanism; and you may mar it for life by an attempt to remove the inner mechanism. It is unnecessary, and may do damage to the inner mechanism, to disassemble it for routine cleaning and oiling. Of course, misfortunes (such as dropping your gun in water) require appropriate attention, and in such circumstances we recommend you immediately take your gun to a competent gunsmith.
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