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Question Barrel cleaning?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by edessex, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. edessex

    edessex Engaging Member

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    This is a proper 'newbie' question, so I apologise in advance, but...

    I've got a fixed barrel air rifle (underlever), with a rotating breach. So I can't access the rear of the barrel without dismantling the rifle.

    I was looking into getting a cleaning kit off eBay, not that I know what I need, but I'm concerned about pushing a brush down the end of the barrel, as there is nowhere for the dirt to go other than crammed against the breach...

    What's the best method of cleaning it, and what should I look out for in a (budget) cleaning kit?

    The rifle is a BSA Airsporter.

    Thanks guys and gals!
     
  2. ambriel

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    I think I see your problem. How about putting a felt cleaning pellet into the breech before you start cleaning the barrel - that way the crud will all end up against the felt pellet? When you've finished cleaning just fire the felt pellet out which should take most of the crud with it.

    Felt cleaning pellets don't have a shining reputation for getting into the rifling of a barrel but I've known people who will always put a few through their guns at the end of a shooting session, just to remove any loose stuff.

    Don't forget to take off your silencer first, though.
     
  3. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Is your barrel needing cleaned??:)
     
  4. mattyts

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    Felt cleaning pellets in front of a pellet will suit a springer,not sure about the breach system though?
     
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    hello, as with matty but a dab of white spirit on the cleaning pellet, after get some LTL pellet lube
     
  6. edessex

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    I never even knew about felt pellets! I had a quick search on eBay for them, and one makes reference to putting a standard pellet in behind to prevent the felt one breaking up. Obviously I can't do this, so is it still ok for me to use them?
     
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    No,using them in a springer without a pellet is the equivalent of dry firing.

    Can you not put a cleaning pellet in the front of the barrel,push it down then chamber a pellet?
     
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    But wouldn't that push any crud back to the breach, which was what I was trying to avoid?
     
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    Is it not possible to double load the gun?
     
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    I doubt I'll fit two in the breach, even if one can be squashed.

    The pellet stays in the breach until it's fired.
     
  11. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    Cleaning pellets are small and compress, I don't see why you cannot put one in the rotating breach and then load a proper pellet behind it? As for a solid "snake" like cleaning rod, I have been warned against then as the riffling on an air gun if fairly easy to damage?

    James
     
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    So long as what you're poking down the end of the barrel is made of a softer material than the barrel you're not going to do any damage.

    Whilst a felt pellet on it's own isn't going to put up a lot of resistance it should still come out of the barrel when fired, bringing with it any crud that's been loosened by the cleaning.

    The usual practice with a break-barrel gun is to double-load it with a lead pellet behind it but obviously this might not be practical with a breech gun.

    Occam's Razor suggests just give it a try.
     
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    It should be ok,the barrel is steel and the hardest cleaning snakes are brass (they shouldn't be used on air rifles though,theres no powder to scrub off)

    I have used cleaning rods but with a fabric head and get a piece of delrin or PTFE made as a guide so you're sure no metal is goign to touch the crown etc
     
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    I would respectfully suggest that you NEVER push any cleaning rod into a barrel from the muzzle end!.
    I think if you try you can get a cleaning felt plus a pellet into the loading tap. Push the felt well in first. Otherwise try two cleaning felts.
    I always only use cleaning felts, The blast of air behind them does try to open them up and they do scour the rifling. This does not happen with fag filters which some folk recommend, they are designed to pass air when you suck on the fag. Proper felts will not allow air past.
    This is only my humble opinion.
     
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    I was going to ask about fag filters actually! Can get them in the pound shop down the road...
     
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    .177 or .22 ? ;)

     
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    I've used them and supplied them in well over 100 of my pull through kits,no complaints so far.

    They come flying out with some force so there is still tonnes of air pushing them out and the proof of cleaning can be seen when you pick one up after firing, covered in dirt.
     
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    I use a few methods ,firstly if I've bought a new used rifle I do run a bronze brush down the barrel the correct way as afore mentioned.
    then after I slip my pull through cord down barrel towards breech ,I attatch a few lengths of what I use very much like a cotton mop string but much softer and carefull pull it through barrel ,I also use a cleaning fluid ,takes about 3 times through to clean it . Then I shoot 30 or so pellets through it only the type I intend to use to re lead the barrel some.
    i always keep my fingers over the crown area to guide the pull through along so as the cord doesn't rub the crown.
    you can make a pull through out of thick strong fishing twine or line. And tie a loop one end to pass your cleaning material through..simple and cheap. I would guess 100percent cotton mop head strings would also suffice as a decent cleaner..
    each to their own theirs plenty of different materials.
     
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    Daniel the OP is asking about cleaning his gun which has a loading tap!!! How the heck will this guys dodge help him?
     

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