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These are the 6 most critical steps to gun cleaning:

Step 1. ALWAYS be sure that the gun is unloaded and pointed in a secure direction!

Step 2. Carefully take gun apart, making sure to maintain track of all parts. Please reference your house owners manual for detailed directions on easy methods to disassemble weapon. For many over/unders, when the action is closed, you remove the forestock (wooden half the place your entrance hand goes underneath the barrel) by pulling down on the lever on the forestock. With the forestock off, you open the motion of the gun and pull up and forward on the barrels (watch out to not let the barrels fall off the gun and to the ground as soon as the action is open). You now have three distinct pieces, the receiver (stock and set off assembly), the barrels, and the forestock. (Additionally, reference our gun cleaning video to follow alongside visually).

Step 3. Clean your weapon with a solvent (akin to Hoppe's 9). Inside the barrels, use a bore brush or a rod with a patch with solvent applied to the patch. (preferable pushing from the breach to the entrance of barrels (the same direction the shot/slug travels). Then use a clean dry patch and push that patch through the barrels. Proceed this alternating process utilizing clean patches (first with solvent and then with out) until the patches now not come out dirty. Use a toothbrush with solvent to clean other metal components of gun to remove amassed residue/deposits/"gunk".

Step 4. Remove any remaining solvent from surfaces. Wipe down the firearm and all the elements to remove any residual solvent (which if left on metal can be dangerous).

Step 5. Wipe down metal parts with light coat of oil/lubricant/rust inhibitor. To protect the firearm and assist it perform correctly, wipe down metal parts with a light coat of gun oil or lubricant reminiscent of silicone or RemLube by Remington. Use the lubricant/oil sparingly. Somewhat goes a long way. If the storing the gun, strive not to leave fingerprints on it. While the fingerprints will likely not do anything to effect the perform of the gun, they can be unsightly and the oils in your skin may mar the finish of the metal.

Step 6. Reassemble weapon and confirm that it's functioning properly. Holding the receiver horizontal and with the barrels at a forty five degree angle to the ground, slide the barrels down onto/into the receiver until the "hook" at the backside of the barrel(s) catches in the receiver. Lift up on the entrance of the barrels until they lock into place. Now reattach the forestock. With the small latch on the forestock open, slide the forestock into place and smoothly close the latch. Then open the breach of the gun cleaning solvent and close it again to ensure reassembly was accomplished correctly. All components should move smoothly with none excess liquids/oils/etc visible on any part(s) of the gun. Do NOT use undue force on the weapon. Chances are if you need to use a lot (if any) muscle, you are doing something incorrectly.