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ajl2121
12-26-2007, 5:54 PM
How do you guys clean your shotgun?

I simply take the barrel off and clean the barrel. Solvent, scrub, dry, then oil.

I don't take apart the receiver or the magazine, just wipe down the visible and reachable parts.

Is this bad practice?

What Just Happened?
12-26-2007, 6:01 PM
http://theboxotruth.com/docs/edu9.htm

ajl2121
12-26-2007, 6:09 PM
Thanks for the web-site, but for some reason, the images don't load correctly on my computer. I can read the script to the right of the page, but that is about it. So, from what I see (or read, I should say), the author recommends that all you do is "spray" wd-40 down the barrel from both sides?

What Just Happened?
12-26-2007, 6:35 PM
There's another page where you use a tampon, take it apart and use the cotton as a giant swab to wipe out the wd-40.

apbrian112
12-26-2007, 6:55 PM
whenever i shoot my m1s90 i take it apart to clean it according to the manual which means i have to take apart my bolt and clean all the little bits. same as the trigger. but i usually just use a couple of q-tips and some clp and then slap it back together.

Ech0Sierra
12-26-2007, 7:12 PM
I do the same as AJL, for some reason, the procedure to remove the bolt is an enigma to me, the way they write it in the 870 manual is like some secret code...

mike100
12-26-2007, 8:54 PM
I take my 870's down about once a year to blow out the trigger group w/ compressed air and to wipe down and lube the internals. Maybe twice a year if I'm feeling froggy. I still have one that I got that has never been apart. It probably still has the assembly grease from 1980 in the back of it (I got it this year-new to me, but it was in a closet for a real long time).

cobra198
12-26-2007, 10:01 PM
I always just remove the barrel use a brush then a few swabs with some hoppes/kroil after a good days shooting. Havent had it that long, so I have yet to break it down any more. Ill probably do it in another 6 months or so, depending upon how much I shoot from now until then. Dont think its necessary to completely break it apart that often though. Thats just my 2 cents though!

Moonclip
12-26-2007, 10:10 PM
You can get away with this for a long time with a pump but I'd not reccomend it with a home defense gun. Clean them up, this from a guy that hates to clean guns. You will be surprised how much smoother they operate at times.

I had a single shot .22lr that would operate the bolt much smoother with a cleaning.

Ech0Sierra
12-26-2007, 10:13 PM
Can anyone tell me how to strip an 870, I just know how to remove the barrel, that's it.

1911su16b870
12-26-2007, 10:17 PM
On the 870 be very carefull on the inside of the receiver, because those guide channels for the pump bars are very, very sharp.

1911su16b870
12-26-2007, 10:19 PM
Can anyone tell me how to strip an 870, I just know how to remove the barrel, that's it.

You have to remove the two trigger group pins, drop the group out, and then the bolt should slide out forward. You can clean to your hearts content with everything apart. Watch out for sharp inners of the receiver.

Ech0Sierra
12-26-2007, 10:23 PM
Thanks.

holyhandgrenade
12-26-2007, 11:50 PM
Should I clean my 870 prior to its initial use? Im picking it up on Friday, and would like to shoot it sometime this weekend (if not Friday night :D), but Im wondering if they come coated in grease that I should remove first, or if its ready to go out of the box.
The only gun I have any experience with is a Mosin which was coated with cosmoline, so obviously that needed to go before I shot it (which Ive never gotten around to...) but I was wondering about the 870.

From the sound of things, pumps are kinda easy care wise. I dont mind putting in the work, but I am an inherently lazy person so...

socalguns
12-27-2007, 12:05 AM
see you take a 5 pound sledge ... one of these will help :)
http://outdoorhelp.org/hunting/q-2494275.html
http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/870brian.htm
http://www.remingtonle.com/support/prtsvc/870_om.html
http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=123362&highlight=870+cleaning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ORAzzeyz90
http://www.alpharubicon.com/leo/pumpcleaneli.htm
http://remington.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/remington.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid=NFTFGeUi
http://www.remington.com/library/downloads/owners_manuals.asp

Cato
12-27-2007, 12:18 PM
Should I clean my 870 prior to its initial use? Im picking it up on Friday, and would like to shoot it sometime this weekend (if not Friday night :D), but Im wondering if they come coated in grease that I should remove first, or if its ready to go out of the box.
The only gun I have any experience with is a Mosin which was coated with cosmoline, so obviously that needed to go before I shot it (which Ive never gotten around to...) but I was wondering about the 870.

From the sound of things, pumps are kinda easy care wise. I dont mind putting in the work, but I am an inherently lazy person so...

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You probably don't need to clean it. When I got my 870 it came with some factory lube and I could tell it had been test fired since there was a touch of grime.

But as a rule of thumb, it's always good to clean and get to know your new gun before you hit the range. It's your responsiblity to check it and see if everything is safe and in working order before you shoot it.

ajl2121
12-27-2007, 12:24 PM
Well with my first shotgun (mossberg 500), I did not clean it before going to the range. Not because I didn't want to, but because I didn't know. Also, I fired 50 shells from it (25 each on two different occasions), and only cleaned the barrel and the reachable parts on the receiver. What would be the recommended action as of now? I am somewhat of a "clean freak" and wouldn't mind spending the time to clean and maintain my weapons; however, I just simply do not know the correct method. The owner's manual tells me what I should do, but does not include much of an explanation on how to go about doing so.

Utha Schleigle
12-31-2007, 9:23 PM
I usually take gun apart to three basics group assemblies ( barrel - reciever - trigger group ).

Brush and coat bore with Hopps 9 and let set while I Clean other groups. Wipe bolt face or rotor-ey bolt with Hopp 9 or any thing else with powder residue. Pour a little bore cleaner in a shot glass (put cap back on) and dip patches in that. Either I contaminant bottle or knock it over. Put Hopps soaked patch over brush and send it through all the way - then back - never reverse in barrel. If stuck spray oil spin and move.

Get old T shirts and wipe down all parts and light coat of WD-40 and at heavy wear points TriFlow or Slick 50 Teflon heavy oil (one or two dropps). If you use more than two or three drops of super lube it dribbles out the actions - one or two vropps wicks up parts and no waste or mess. SHAKE VIOLENTLY the bottle or can if Teflon or Dry Slide. For pump arms - hammer pivit pins - bolt parts.

This is where I would use the tampon as a disposal bore mopp.
Put patches down barrel untill they come out white and clean - then spray WD-40 down barrel both directions put one more patch to coat bore for storage with WD40 prayed on it.

For cold weather or hunts go very light on lubes and make sure you have cold weather rated oil that will not gell in cold climates. Clean and inspect mag tube and spring.

I think and major cleaning after heavy shooting day.

After 500 to 1000 rounds take 0000 or 00000 steel whool and wrapp around bore brush dribbal Hopps on it brush. Spin at forcing cones where lead & plastic smears happen ( like the stains in your underwear ). These can smears on forcing cones can effect your patterns and vexx trapp shooters.
Use dry and put white piece of paper at end of barrel to see extra crap and residue shavings. Forcing cones are located inside barrel just after chamber and at choke (if not stovepipe). Another old school applicator for steel wool is a dowel with raised section with knife or xacto blade and wrapp steel wool around that.

Wipe with WD-40 and try not to touch metal parts as you out back into case.