Care And Cleaning

Before denning, be certain the rifle and Its magazine contain no cartridges.

A firearm must be free of rust, dirt, grease and firing residues to function safely and reliably. Periodic maintenance, which includes inspection of components to determine if they are in proper working order, is absolutely essential.

Best accuracy requires a clcan dry bore. A fouled or oily barrel will materially increase group sizes. Before sighting in your new rifle, clean the bore well to remove any preservative oil, powder or metal fouling

For best accuracy the rifle should be cleaned after every 15 or 20 shots. Rapid or prolonged firing between cleanings encourages heavy fouling which will greatly impair accuracy until a thorough cleaning is performed.

Basic cleaning equipment includes: A correct size Cleaning Rod equipped with bore brushes (fiber and brass) and a tip in which a cloth patch can be inserted. Patches, Powder Solvent, Lubricant, Small lint-free Cloths and a Toothbrush.

Some hints for effective use of the equipment: use correct size brushes and patches; if they are too small they don't do the job; if too large they bind in the bore. Insert rod from the chamber end and push firmly so the patch or brush emerges from the muzzle. Don't reverse the rod when a brush or patch is being used—it may bind. Don't use patches or brushes dripping with solvent or oil. Wet them, and squeeze out excess before using. Use rod and brushes with carc so as not to damage gun.

1. To clean the rifle thoroughly, disassemble to the extent described above, taking care to put pins, screws and similar easily mislaid and 'rolling' components in a tray.

2. Push-pull a solvent wetted patch through the bore several times. Next, using a solvent-wetted brush, run it the full length of the bore as many times as is necessary to completely remove all foreign matter from the bore and chamber. Dry the bore with clcan patches and examine it If bore remains fouled, repeat the brushing because bullet jacket fouling can greatly reduce accuracy and grease can interfere with proper chambering of the cartridge. Complete the cleaning by dry-patch wiping of bore and chamber. Wipe the cleaning rod with a dry patch frequently to remove residues. Failure to thoroughly dry the bore before firing will result in greatly enlarged groups.

3. Use a clcan, solvent-wetted patch to remove firing residue and dirt from all components and 'reachable' surfaces inside the receiver. Carefully clean thqpbolt and bolt face with solvent, then dry and lubricatc very lightly. Use the solvent-netted toothbrush to dislodge caked dirt from components and from surfaces inside the receiver that can't be reached with a patch. Now use cleaning patches or the cloth to dry off the solvent.

4. Wipe all surfaces—internal and external—with oil-wetted patch or cloth that will deposit only a very light and sparing coat of oil. Apply a small drop of lubricant to all pivot points in the trigger assembly. Oil and similar preparations 'collcct' dirt particles, and may congcal in cold weather, which can interfere with reliable functioning of the rifle. Therefore, use these preparations very sparingly.

5. Reassemble the rifle and carcfully wipe all solvent, lubricating and preservative preparations from the stock and forearm wood. Dry the chamber and bore if rifle is to be fired immediately.

6. If the rifle is to be stored for an extended period, rcwipe all external surfaces with the cloth containing the oil or preservative.

CAUTION: Do not store the rifle in a leather case or scabbard. Leather attracts moisture, even though it may appear to be dry.

WARNING: Never store a firearm in such a manner that it may unintentionally be dislodged. A firearm should be stored securely and unloaded.

REGARDING ACCURACY: IT your rifle is nor as 'accurate* as you believe it should be, before concluding thai some serious fault exists, run the following checks: (1) Be certain the two trigger guard screws and the floor plate hinge screw are snugly tightened as described in the Reassembly section of this Manual. (2) Be certain the bore is clean and free from accumulated metal fouling (deposited by metal jackctcd and lead bullets). Sec the cleaning scction of this Manual. (3) C'hcck the sights for tightness, setting and alignment.

If everything is tight, the bore is clean and the sights OK, and the accuracy problem persists, DO SOT alter the stock bedding in any way. Do not scrape away wood, and do not bed with 'glass*, plastic, epoxy, etc. Once a rifle stock has been altered, it cannot be reworked by our Service Department. If you have an accuracy problem, write a brief letter to the Service Department (Newport. N.H. 03773) and describe the nature of the problem based on the use of Factory Loaded cartridges —not reloads.

You will receive a prompt response from us and, if indicated, detailed instructions with regard to the return of the rifle.

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