Recently visited my local gun shop to ask advice on cleaning my .308 rifle, it's my first centerfire.
I was advised a Parker Hale rod, proshot jag and patches and a bisley brass brush along with a bottle of Parker Hale 009, which I duly bought. The advised cleaning method was as follows:
Run the brass brush down the barrel, detach and remove it, withdraw rod.
Soak a patch in 009, attach jag to rod, put patch on jag and run through barrel, wait 10 minutes then repeatedly run clean patches through till they come out clean
Put some gun oil on a patch and run that through.
Put rifle away. When next used, run a clean patch through to remove oil.
This is what they use on their own guns, they also said they don't use bore guides and, although they sell them, don't think them necessary if you're careful.
Now, I know from reading on here, that cleaning is a whole world of differing opinions. I'm thinking a bore guide is probably a good idea, if not for rod alignment then for preventing stuff getting into the trigger mech, so plan to pick one of those up, not sure on brand yet.
Given the kit I have, is the recommended cleaning appropriate?
As I don't shoot the rifle often, is copper fouling much of an issue?
Is copper fouling cleaning an occasional deep clean and is the lead cleaning (ie 009) done after every shooting outing or after X number of rounds?
Prior to this, cleaning has been gun oil on a pulled through patch, would you still do this after every outing with rod cleaning after X rounds etc?
It seems from my reading that a thorough deep clean will throw your zero off until a few rounds have gone through again so I'm wondering how best to schedule cleaning. I would assume that after every outing, like with a shotgun, you'd want to clean powder residue from the barrel as this attracts moisture and thus corrosion. Hence, pull through with oiled patch to remove crud after every outing. It's the deeper cleans I'm trying to get my head round.