HCR Recommended Care Instructions

There are a lot of great cleaning products available today. So, the following is just “A Way”, not the only way.


  • Coated, one-piece cleaning rod with a handle that spins, allowing the patch or brush to turn with the rifling. We use a 22 caliber rod for most calibers, with the appropriate sized patch needed for a snug fit in the bore.
  • Bore Guide: This can be a fancy one or a simple one. It just needs to prevent solvents from entering the trigger, magazine box, and chamber well.
  • Appropriate size Patches
  • Bore Mop: We use a 20-gauge shotgun bore mop to clean the chamber. We put our bore mop on a pistol cleaning rod.
  • Powder Solvent: We use Hoppes #9
  • Copper Solvent: We use Wipe Out Foam or Wipe Out Patch Out. I prefer the Patch Out because the foam can get all over the place and is tough to clean out of every crevice of your action when that happens. We like Wipe Out because it contains no ammonia and cannot damage your bore if left in for a long time.

Note: I often have to leave the bench in the middle of cleaning a barrel to help a customer and I might not get back to the rifle I am cleaning for an hour or more. Thus, we don’t use ammonia-based copper solvents like Barnes CR-10, Sweets, or Butches Bore Shine.  These are great copper solvents as long as you don’t leave them in the bore longer than recommended, usually 5 minutes or so.

    Rifle Cleaning Process

  • Remove your bolt and insert the bore guide.
  • Send a wet patch of powder solvent down the bore and let stand a few minutes
  • Repeat above without soak time, several patches, until the patch had little to no black or gray color on it.
  • Run a dry patch down the bore to remove powder solvent residue.
  • Run a wet patch with copper solvent. Leave in as directed. With Wipe Out, I usually leave it in 30 minutes or so
  • Run a dry patch.
  • If the patch is blue, repeat #5 until the patch has little to no blue color on it.
  • Run a wet patch of powder solvent or lubricant such as Break Free down to bore to remove copper solvent.
  • Run a dry patch.
  • Use the chamber mop to mop out your chamber to remove any solvents. You always want your chamber clean and dry.

Again, as long as you use a bore guide, good cleaning rod, good cleaning products and make sure to mop out your chamber, you are good to go.

Important Notes

Do not overclean your rifle!

We have applied gun grease to your bolt threads, cocking piece cam surface, and bolt lug seats. You do not need to apply additional lubricants to these surfaces.


The Action: The less oil on the rifle, the less dust and debris will be attracted to it. While an occasional wipe down is fine, it is very important that no solvents or lubricants get into or near your trigger group. If any solvents or lubricants do get into the trigger group, this may cause a misfire, hang fire, or other malfunction. Any grease applied to the bolt body, or inside the receiver will eventually find its way into the top of the trigger assembly where the trigger sear is located. Therefore, we do not reccommend putting any type of grease on these areas.