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Thread: Basic rifle care and zeroing courses

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    Basic rifle care and zeroing courses

    Took delivery of my first rifle last week and had a chance to take it down to the range at the weekend. Although I have done a introduction to deer stalking and my DSC level one neither of these really cover rifle maintenance, cleaning and zeroing in any great detail. I have read the rifle owners manual and read the instructions on all the cleaning products, some of which would appear to have the capability to do some serious damage to the rifle if not applied correctly. Given the fact the rifle cost over a grand I am paranoid that I may end up knackering my rifle if I do not fully underastand what I am doing. I would really appreciate it if anyone knows of any practical courses in Scotland or North of England that are ran on these subjects.

    Cheers in advance

    John

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    BDS sell a good DVD made by Steve Bowers & Chris Howard on this subject - buy it from BDS Sales via website.

    DVDs CDs

    Ian

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    There are three videos on my website showing a simple cleaning method with Wipeout products. Free viewing!

    HME

    Corinium Rifle Range :: HOME
    Come and visit us for a Blaser or Mauser fitting, get the right rifle for your needs.

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    If you saw what they did to your rifle when it was proofed, you would worry a lot less......

    Keep it simple, and do the basics well, and you will have a firearm that serves you well for many years.

    All the best.

    Neil

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    many thanks for the tips and advice, have had offers of help from SD members which is great and I am taking them up on these.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by HME View Post
    There are three videos on my website showing a simple cleaning method with Wipeout products. Free viewing!

    HME

    Corinium Rifle Range :: HOME
    What he said

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    cheers for this have placed order for the wipeout products. Hope the cleaning is as easy as it looks in your video with regards to removal and refitting of the barrel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampy1 View Post
    Took delivery of my first rifle last week and had a chance to take it down to the range at the weekend. Although I have done a introduction to deer stalking and my DSC level one neither of these really cover rifle maintenance, cleaning and zeroing in any great detail. I have read the rifle owners manual and read the instructions on all the cleaning products, some of which would appear to have the capability to do some serious damage to the rifle if not applied correctly. Given the fact the rifle cost over a grand I am paranoid that I may end up knackering my rifle if I do not fully underastand what I am doing. I would really appreciate it if anyone knows of any practical courses in Scotland or North of England that are ran on these subjects.

    Cheers in advance

    John
    Don't forget the industry has a vested interest in selling you as many peripheral products as possible, this includes all the lubricants and cleaning potions.
    Plenty of rifle owners do a good job with WD40, without a need for all the specialist lubricants branded 'rifle XXX' or 'shotgun YYY' or 'Barrel ZZZ'
    And why do I need 'air-gun grease' for my airgun and 'rifle-oil' for my rifle? Am I not allowed to use it on my shotgun? Or my car? Or my horse?
    Just look at some other hobbies sports and what products you can buy, for example 'hoof-oil' for horses when olive oil will do; hive-cleaning liquid for beekeepers when fairy liquid will do, etc etc.
    Peripheral supplementary branded products is big business...but do not be seduced by the marketing men!
    • Do not be seduced by the marketing-men....

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    Never used was to clean or lube a rifle. Please do
    a
    quick
    Google search on why not to if you're considering doing it. But as I've said I'm just going on what I have read rather than directly experience.

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    John

    Many thanks for the order. I'm not aware of any products available at Halfords that remove copper harmlessly, neither would I recommend WD40 for use on firearms, nor hoof oil for that matter. The wipeout is designed for firearms and does an excellent job for a sensible price and without scrubbing. If you shoot a Blaser and dismantle it to clean it, it will be fine - wouldn't recommend dismantling another make other than Mauser!

    Regarding not cleaning, my current R8 308 barrel has had nearly 20,000 rounds through it in just over two years, I clean it every week and it still shoots a sub 2cm group with ease. But as always other peoples MMV.
    Come and visit us for a Blaser or Mauser fitting, get the right rifle for your needs.

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