I consider a gun clean when accuracy is restored and the gun functions reliably. You can clean a gun for 5 or 6 hours and there will still be some small amount of fouling left. Fouling gets into the very smallest metal pores and is hard to remove.
I clean my gun bores until the patches come out light gray and the action functions reliably. It takes me about 15 minutes to clean my Glocks. I soak the barrels with M-Pro 7 gun cleaner for 10 minutes and then patch. Done.
Remember….a absolutely clean barrel will not be accurate. It takes a few fouling shots before most barrels are accurate. Just talk to a bench rest shooter.
Learn how to field strip and reassemble the Ruger SR-556 piston rifle from a Ruger professional. It’s very similar to most other AR-15 piston clones. It’s much easier to learn from a video than a gun manual, for sure.
Always use a good gun cleaner and gun oil in order to make the most of the AR-15’s reliability and accuracy. I highly recommend M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner, Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner, Mil Comm MC25 and Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner. As far as oils go, I recommend Rem Oil, M-Pro 7 LPX, Breakfree CLP, Ballistol, Hornady One Shot and Hoppe’s Synthetic Gun Oil…just to mention a few that did well in my gun oil testing.
Learn how to reassemble the Marlin 336 lever action rifle from a professional gunsmith at Brownells. This method applies to most lever action rifles, so if you have a Winchester, it’s basically the same. Remember to use a good set of gunsmith screwdrivers whenever doing maintenance on firearms. A stripped screw will ruin your day.
Learn how to properly lubricate the Marlin 336 lever action rifle from a professional gunsmith from Brownells. Gun manuals are great but it is so much easier to watch a video and learn how to do something. Lever action rifles are very easy to field strip and clean. It is advisable to only use gunsmith screwdrivers on firearms. If you use a standard screwdriver, it is possible a screw slot could get damaged and then you’ll need to see a gunsmith to remove the damaged screw.
Some of my favorite gun lubricants are Breakfree CLP, Rem Oil, Hornady One Shot, M-Pro 7 LPX, Weapon Shield CLP and Hoppe’s Synthetic Gun Oil.
Learn how to lubricate the Marlin 336 lever action rifle from a professional gunsmith from Brownells. Videos are the best platform for learning how to do just about anything. I’ve read many firearm manuals and videos are just 100 times better.
Some of the better lubricants that I have used on firearms are Breakfree CLP, Rem Oil, Hornady One Shot, M-Pro 7 LPX and Hoppe’s Synthetic Gun Oil. It’s also a great idea to have a set of gunsmith screwdrivers. You can buy a small set for about $12.
Learn how to disassemble the Marlin 336 lever action rifle and the many variants from a professional gunsmith from Brownells. A video is so much more effective when it comes to learning how to do something. I’ve read many gun manuals but when I watched a video, it was much easier. Once you remove the bolt from a lever action rifle, you can clean the barrel from breech to muzzle just like any other rifle.
*** It’s always a great idea to own a set of Gunsmith Screwdrivers when performing gun maintenance.