View Full Version : do you clean a new rifle????

06-30-2011, 2:25 PM
I pick up my new rifle on the 7th...... and was wondering do you guys clean them prior to firing or do you blast away right out of the box.... its a saiga 7.62 if it makes any difference........... if you do what cleaning solution....brand if searched for it but came up with nothing...... thanks for any input..........

06-30-2011, 2:27 PM
Any cleaning thing will work, Hoppes is probably most common. It IS important to clean the bore and get anything they left behind.

06-30-2011, 2:30 PM
Being a new modern rifle it might just need a good wipe down, and relube with new products. I would strip it and make sure that their is no heavy preservatives in/on the piston as well as the barrel and sometimes they to tend pack it with cosmo. Maybe a couple passes with a bronze brush and some patches to clear out any preservatives in the bore/barrel.

06-30-2011, 2:32 PM
...with love...

& your choice of bore gunscrubber, brush and lube... never forget the LUUUUBE

06-30-2011, 2:32 PM
When I get a new rifle I field strip it, clean off all the factory lubricant, scrub the bore to make sure there are no obstructions and then oil or grease according to the instructions.

06-30-2011, 2:32 PM
Please search or google. This was up like a week ago for like 2 weeks.

06-30-2011, 2:46 PM
I'll do one better since it was in the hand gun section...


Summary yes clean it and break it down together to know your weapon and make sure everything is ok and good to go unless your packet says other wise. Glocks for instance have been said to have break in grease put there for a reason... But other than that I would break it down to familiarize your self with it.

Read the thread it will save us a lot of time.

06-30-2011, 3:10 PM
I not only clean it...I disassemble it to get more familiar with it's operation.

Regular cleaning with Hoppe's

06-30-2011, 3:15 PM
when they let me check it out over the counter it was extremely greasy............ i slid the safety up and down and it gave a nice little scratch where the metal meets !!! not to be a weenie about it... but then again it is an AK!!!!

06-30-2011, 3:19 PM
simply.... yes.

06-30-2011, 3:27 PM
Definitely couldn't hurt.

06-30-2011, 3:29 PM
I just run some patches and oil thru it. Then shoot.

06-30-2011, 3:30 PM
Yes. And I use cleanzoil which not only cleans it but lubricates (oils) all the individual moving parts. That is critical to preventing wear and tear and making it run right.

06-30-2011, 3:31 PM
Definitely couldn't hurt.

Eh with some people around here I think it could.

06-30-2011, 3:35 PM
only one I didnt completely "clean" was my AK. I cleaned the bore, took a look at all the crap in the receiver and said "good enough"

Full Clip
06-30-2011, 3:41 PM
Oh, it's a Saiga? Yeah, it might as well get cleaned once.

06-30-2011, 3:48 PM
i didnt clean mines. all i did was stripped it to get familiar with it then took to the range. i lube my ak with motor oil :D works perfect for me

06-30-2011, 3:50 PM
Clean off all of the existing lubricants with iso alcohol and treat the weapon with FrogLube. This is a 100% biodegradable CLP that 'seasons' into the metal and releases with heat. Nothing sticks to FrogLube and it dissolves carbon and stops oxidation.

06-30-2011, 3:55 PM
froglube sounds like a winner ! never heard of that before

The Virus
06-30-2011, 3:57 PM
Yes, clean of all the factory goop. and use some qaulity goop

06-30-2011, 3:59 PM
Just a quick run through before the range nothing in depth.

06-30-2011, 4:10 PM
Before I go to the range, I'll break them down and wipe off all the parts whether there's gunk on them or not and I'll clean up the bore. The main thing I'm doing though is checking to see if anything is scratched, cracked, broken, screws are tight, etc. We all know it would suck so much if it took us an hour to get to the range only to find out the weapon won't even function properly because something is missing/broken.

When I picked up my Mossberg 930 and did everything above I found out that the forearm retainer was snapped in half. Mossberg sent me a new one one week later. It's good to know your weapon inside and out though before you hit the range that way when you come back and spot something unusual (broken, blem, chips, cracks) you'll know if that problem was there previously or if it occured at the range.

06-30-2011, 4:17 PM
I have never purchased a rifle or handgun that needed to be cleaned beyond the bore, and I would never buy one that would have to be!......if it's that dirty it's not worthy.

06-30-2011, 4:28 PM

06-30-2011, 5:42 PM
Firstly, read the manual to see what they say. Some firearms actually have a fine paste in there to do the finishing polish. By cleaning without reading, you may be neglecting some finial polishing. Having said that, I typically don't clean a firearm before shooting it. I do make sure the barrel doesn't have excessive lube in it. I haven't noticed any detriment in the 30 years I've been shooting.