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Cleaning Instructions

As a provider of premium gun care products, Tanners Sports is happy to provide customers and prospective customers with expert advice on firearms cleaning and maintenance. Please note, however, that the tips listed below do not include any warranty. Tanners Sports is not liable for any damages caused by following these tips.
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Cleaning Procedure for Bolt Action
Rifles and Revolvers

Cleaning Procedure for Shotguns, Lever Actions,
Semiautomatic Rifles and Pistols



 Cleaning Procedure for Bolt Action Rifles and Revolvers

**BEFORE YOU START THE CLEANING PROCESS, MAKE SURE YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED AND YOU HAVE A WELL VENTILATED AREA, AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND/OR DISTRACTIONS, TO WORK IN!
  1. Start by saturating a patch with Bore Cleaner and Conditioner. Then push the patch through the bore to remove the loose powder residue, which will totally expose the copper and lead fouling. A one piece coated cleaning rod is recommended. A coated rod will protect the bore and lands in case the rod bows during cleaning. Remember, a $20.00 rod is cheaper to replace than a $300.00 barrel.
  2. Wet a properly fitted Phosphorous Bronze Brush and push it back and forth through the bore 10 to 12 times. When cleaning a revolver, run a wet brush through each charge hole 11 to 12 times as well. Please Note: After brushing, flush the brush with Cleaner/Degreaser to remove the dirty residue and to neutralize the solvent from dissolving the bristles. We recommend using a straight bronze bristled brush with a brass core to prevent any damage to the lands.
  3. Again saturate two patches and individually push each one through the bore back and forth to remove any additional loose powder, carbon, copper and lead fouling.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3. However, this time, let the solvent remain in the bore for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. To clean the receiver, bolt group and trigger assembly, apply Bore Cleaner and Conditioner directly to the areas that need cleaning and then flush these areas with Cleaner/Degreaser.
  6. Now push a dry patch through the bore (include charge holes if cleaning a revolver). If the patch comes out clean, the cleaning procedure is now complete. A blue/green patch indicates that copper fouling* is still present, a black patch indicates that powder and carbon fouling is still present. If the patch comes out dirty, repeat the above steps until a clean patch is produced.
  7. After you have cleaned your bore and wiped off any residual bore cleaner, apply either all Weather Grease or Lubricant to all moving parts and wear surface. APPLY SPARINGLY!! More is not better in lubricating a firearm. Today's lubricants are designed to operate when used sparingly, over lubrication can cause malfunctions.
  8. To protect your firearm from Rust and Corrosion for short and long term storage, saturate a patch with Rust Preventer and run the patch through the bore. Spray the complete receiver, trigger assembly and all exterior metal surfaces with Rust Prevent. This will offer outstanding protection from the elements, as well as finger print acids. Rust Prevent is harmless to most surfaces, including wood and plastic. Always apply your lubrication to your metal to metal wear points prior to applying the Rust Prevent. Rust Prevent is designed to pull the moisture out of the pores of the steel and seal them from the elements. lubricants are designed to penetrate the pores of the steel and will continue to lubricate even when the majority is removed due to heat and recoil.
*PLEASE NOTE: For heavy copper fouled bores use Copper Remover. The Copper remover is designed to only remove copper fouling. It is very important to follow all of the instructions on the label for safe and complete copper fouling removal. RECOMMENDATION: Prior to shooting the previously cleaned firearm, run a wet patch with Bore Cleaner and Conditioner to break down any oils or rust inhibitors. Then dry patch to remove the contaminated bore cleaner. This procedure will bring back the proper pressures and should insure first round accuracy.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED BEFORE STARTING YOUR CLEANING PROCESS. **If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Tanner's Sport Center.



Cleaning Procedure for Shotguns, Lever Actions, Semiautomatic Rifles and Pistols

**BEFORE YOU START THE CLEANING PROCESS, MAKE SURE YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED AND YOU HAVE A WELL VENTILATED AREA, AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND/OR DISTRACTIONS, TO WORK IN!
  1. Start by saturating a patch with Bore Cleaner and Conditioner . Then push the patch through the bore to remove the loose powder residue, which will totally expose the copper and lead fouling. A one piece coated cleaning rod is recommended. A coated rod will protect the bore and lands in case the rod bows during cleaning. Remember, a $20.00 rod is cheaper than a $300.00 barrel.
  2. When accessible, squirt the Bore Cleaner directly into the chamber. Otherwise, wet a patch and run it through the chamber. (Use our 2 oz. refillable, solvent resistant, bottle for squirting the solvent, it is designed for this purpose. Bore Cleaner is designed to remove Plastic Shotgun Wad Fouling therefore, it will attack most plastic bottles.)
  3. Wet a properly fitted Phosphorous Bronze Brush and push it back and forth through the bore 10 to 12 times. A generous amount of Bore Cleaner is required to attack built up plastic wad fouling in Shotguns. We recommend using a straight (rather than tapered) bronze bristled brush with a brass core to prevent any damage to the bore or shotgun tube.
  4. Apply more Bore Cleaner into the chamber and use a properly fitted chamber brush, pushing it back and forth 10 to 12 times to remove any carbon and to help prevent the chamber from pitting and deterioration. When a ported barrel is present, apply solvent directly onto the ports and brush thoroughly with a solvent resistant double ended nylon bristle brush.
  5. Dry patch and repeat steps 2 and 3. However, this time, let the solvent remain in the bore for 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Now push a dry patch through the bore. If the patch comes out clean, the cleaning procedure is complete. A blue/green patch indicates that copper fouling* is still present, a black patch indicates that powder and carbon fouling is still present. If the patch comes out dirty, repeat the above steps until a clean patch is produced.
  7. To clean the receiver and trigger assembly, apply Bore Cleaner and Conditioner directly to the areas that need cleaning and then flush these areas with Cleaner/Degreaser.
  8. After cleaning with Bore Cleaner, flush all contaminated brushes with Cleaner/Degreaser to remove the dirty residue and to neutralize the solvent from dissolving the bristles.
  9. After you have cleaned your bore and wiped off any residual bore cleaner, apply either all Weather Grease or Lubricant to all moving parts and wear surfaces. APPLY SPARINGLY!! More is not better in lubricating a firearm. Today's lubricants are designed to operate when used sparingly, over lubrication can cause malfunctions.
  10. To protect your firearm from Rust and Corrosion for short and long term storage, saturate a patch with Rust Prevent and run the patch through the bore. Spray the complete receiver, trigger assembly and all exterior metal surfaces with Rust Prevent. This will offer outstanding protection from the elements as well as finger print acids. Rust Prevent is harmless to most surfaces, including wood and plastic. Always apply your lubrication to your metal to metal wear points prior to applying the Rust Prevent. Rust Prevent is designed to pull the moisture out of the pores of the steel and seal them from the elements. Lubricants are designed to penetrate the pores of the steel and will continue to lubricate even when the majority is removed due to heat and recoil.
*PLEASE NOTE: For heavy copper fouled bores use Copper Remover. The Copper remover is designed to only remove copper fouling. It is very important to follow all of the instructions on the label for safe and complete copper fouling removal. RECOMMENDATION: Prior to shooting the previously cleaned firearm, run a wet patch with Bore Cleaner and Conditioner to break down any oils or rust inhibitors. Then dry patch to remove the contaminated bore cleaner. This procedure will bring back the proper pressures and should insure first round accuracy.
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED BEFORE STARTING YOUR CLEANING PROCESS. **If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Tanner's Sport Center.

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JAMISON, PA 18929
Phone: 215-343-3103
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