With Live Ammunition

The correct procedure for cleaning your rifle is as follows:

1 Be certain the chamber and magazine are completely unloaded, the lever is down, and the ejection port is open. Again, to unload your rifle, eject any live round in the chamber by operating the lever downward. Remove the magazine and unload it by pushing forward on the base of each round until it clears the retaining rims.

2 Using a rifle cleaning rod with tip and patch large enough for a snug fit in the bore, insert rod and patch in barrel and run back and forth several times. Caution should be exercised to ensure that the cleaning rod or handle does not strike the crown of the muzzle, as damage to this area can adversely affect the accuracy of the rifle.

3 Inspect the chamber and bore for powder fouling. A normal amount of powder residue can be expected and is not serious. Residue can usually be removed by repeating step 2, using a patch saturated with



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nitro-solvent. If, or when, fouling should become heavy, it can be removed with a brass bore brush. Dip the brush in nitro-solvent and scrub the chamber and bore until the fouling is removed. To prevent brass bristles from breaking off, the brush should be pushed completely through the bore before being withdrawn.

4 To maintain the utmost accuracy of your rifle it is recommended you clean the bore with a copper solvent. Modern cartridge jackets are made mainly of copper and zinc. Residues from copper and zinc stick to the barrel and require more frequent cleaning. Swab the bore of your rifle with a good copper solvent using the manufacturer's recommended procedure.

5 After fouling has been removed, the bore should be wiped dry. Then, pass a slightly oiled patch through the bore for preservation. A fine, light gun oil like Browning Oil is recommended. Make sure there are no obstructions, cleaning patches, or other obstacles left in the bore.

6 Wipe all exposed metal surfaces with an oiled cloth, making sure to wipe gun clean of all finger marks. Finger marks should be removed because they provide a place where moisture can accumulate. Ordinary good judgement will, of course, indicate that the metal of the gun should receive a light film of oil any time the gun has been exposed to adverse weather or handling.

7 The wood surfaces of your rifle can also be wiped lightly with Browning Oil, or you can apply a quality wood or furniture polish to the stock and forearm. Using one of these methods (not both), will enhance the beauty and durability of your rifle.


Depending on how often you shoot, it is helpful to disassemble the box magazine for cleaning. You may want to check your magazine for cleaning after every 50 to 100 rounds. To clean the magazine, remove the detachable box magazine from the rifle. Slide the magazine bottom plate out to the rear. The magazine spring and follower can then be easily removed for inspection. Wipe off any dirt or residue then apply a very thin coat of oil and wipe clean again. Too much oil will only serve to collect oil and dirt. To reassemble, reinsert the spring and follower, then slide the bottom plate back into position.


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