This is an old trick I learned from my dad when I was a boy. For some scientific reason the manufacturers of shotgun cleaning kits provide copper wire brushes and bore cleaners. This has always seemed to clean the gun well.
A Rusty Situation
As I’ve mentioned before I hunt waterfowl a lot. Typically my gun gets wet and sometimes can show rust even before I get back to the vehicle. If you have a gun with bluing on it you can manage small rust spots by spraying a small amount of Nitro Solvent and using the thin edge of a shiny copper penny to gently rub it away. Works every time. Give it a try.
Post comments if you have a good idea for cleaning the rust off of your prized possession.
An important method for maintaining a clean shotgun is by having a sturdy case while hunting. I love the Avery Floating Gun Case. I am an avid waterfowl hunter and while hunting in waste deep marsh water nothing has kept my shotgun more clean and dry. It makes it easy for me travel to and from the blind, in pitch black.
Sometimes I have wet clothing or a pile of ducks slung over my back next to my gun. This case protects my gun from scratches and moisture. Using the adjustable sling strap, that is stitched into the case, is key to keeping my gun out of the water. I am usually hauling decoys and a blind bag along with my gun, also, so it’s good to know I can rely on this gun case to keep my gun out of the water.
Where I hunt typically has high concentrations of sulfur and salt in the water that can almost instantly rust an exposed firearm. While hunting I can set the case to the side and if it it accidentally falls in the marshy waters it floats! Although I don’t store my shotgun in the this case while not hunting, as I am always conscious to let the gun “breath” after I clean it,
I never leave the truck with out putting that shotgun in my Avery Floating Gun Case. If you are an avid waterfowler or are new to the game I recommend this case.
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Boresnake by Hoppe’s is one of the fastest and surest ways to clean your shotgun’s barrel. The Boresnake comes equipped with two bronze brushes embedded in it as well as 160x the swiping of a regular swab from a standard gun cleaning kit.
Anytime you clean your shotgun barrel with any gun cleaning kit it is recommended that you swipe it in the same direction that shots are fired from your shotgun. Two to three swipes through your barrel with the Hoppe’s Boresnake will leave it super clean. Watch the video below to see it in action.
Thanks to eHowSports for posting this video on youtube.com
(Always ensure your shotgun is unloaded before you disassemble and clean it.)
It is not recommended that you use WD-40 or an equivalent dry lube for the internal parts of your shotgun. Using these products tend to gum up over time.
Specifically for Benelli Shotguns, the manufacturer recommends that youuse a good synthetic gun oil. I would suggest an oil such as Rem Oil, aka Remington Gun Oil. Get it Here Rem Oil – 10 oz. aerosol on Amazon.com
Perhaps the biggest benefit to cleaning your shotgun is safety. How many times have you seen someone struggle with a semiautomatic that jammed. The shotgun is pointed in the wrong direction, safety falls by the wayside and next thing you know a shell is accidentally discharged.
Keeping a clean shotgun only takes a few minutes. It’s the easiest way to keep your sunnyside up on those beautiful shooting days.