Tips for the Woodsman–Rifle Cleaning Part 1

HollandBy Darrell Holland
AGI Senior Instructor/Master Gunsmith

If you are a hunter or long-range rifle shooter, you know how important it is to have your rifle as clean as you can get it, and lubricated properly. But there is a good chance you may not be doing that correctly. In this video (Part 1 of 2) Darrell Holland shows his best method of getting your barrel as clean as possible and completely free of fouling. Part 2 will follow next week, so watch for it.

3 Responses to Tips for the Woodsman–Rifle Cleaning Part 1

  1. This is very similar to the method covered when I went through one of my M24 schools. I still kind of cringe a little seeing a brush being pushed down then pulled back through the bore. That said I have done it! And it’s the method covered in the M24 school I went to! I generally simply push through, remove the brush, then reassemble the rod and push again from breech to muzzle. If Darrel says it’s ok I’m good with it. He’s the Master Yoda of high end bolt guns in my book. I use Tipton carbon fiber rods. They are a bit high, but trust me give them a try and see if you don’t ask how you lived without them before. I second the praise of Witches Brew.

    • Hey Dan, I use Tipton Deluxe Carbon fiber cleaning rods myself. I have 3 of them: 36″ 17 cal rod, 40″ .22-.26 cal rod and a 40″ .30-.45 cal rod. Had them for almost 3 years now and still good as new. Yes, they are pricey at $55 per rod but well worth it! Cabela’s online is where I purchased them all.

      The best thing I like is the Tipton’s are all carbon fiber rods and not steel rods coated with rubber like my first cleaning rod was (Gunslick rod). The Gunslick rod’s rubber coating wore off at the very end of the tip (the rod adapter/threaded end) in which exposed the metal rod. I completely stopped using the Gunslick rod since then because I did not want to chance the metal rod coming into any sort of contact with the chamber, the bore, the crown or even scratching the receiver or whatever during the insertion and removal process.

      I do not remove the brush when removing the rod and kinda think of it as another scrub on the way out, but I do remove the patch (off of the brush it was wrapped around) once it is pushed out the muzzle end. I will say there’s nothing wrong in removing the brush before rod removal, other than the time it takes to do so. To each their own.

      If there’s a possibility of a lot of debris (cleaning oil, lead, etc) being pulled out of the bore and splashing into the receiver as the rod (with brush still attached) and brush are removed/pulled out then I will place a shop cloth in the receiver.

      Thanks for the video. Always great to learn from Darrell. Cheers

  2. I have and old M1 army rifle that my brother gave to me many years ago. I thought I had it in a safe place in the basement. My children got me a safe to put my rifles in. When I took the M1 out from it’s hiding place I found that a paint can had spilled on the rifle (bolt, trigger, stock & forearm) and has dried. Do you know a way to clean up this mess.