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    Question Proper way to clean a 94 Winchester?

    OK guys, how should a 94 Winchester be cleaned? Your advice willl be greatly appreciated as I'm sure there are others out there with the same question.

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    Sorry Ben.

    I just cannot agree with that web site. That was baloney. Scrub the hell out of it ???Stainless steel chore boy ***rats!!!

    Clean like the military cleans ARs when you cannot disassemble. Place bare rod in barrel with muzzle protector in place. Screw rod onto brush or jag held in front of the chamber. Always pull out from muzzle carefully. Keep fluids from slopping into action. Use a coated , 1 piece rod if possible.

    Without leading, cleans in 4 one-way passes. I well cared for barrel cleans for copper as easily from the muzzle as from the breech. Everyone uses a chamber guide right?

    (I presume everyone has carefully deburred rod ends, jags, etc., checked fit-ups?)

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    I'm sorry to say that I really didn't read it that closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Trollwhack View Post
    Sorry Ben.

    I just cannot agree with that web site. That was baloney. Scrub the hell out of it ???Stainless steel chore boy ***rats!!!

    Clean like the military cleans ARs when you cannot disassemble. Place bare rod in barrel with muzzle protector in place. Screw rod onto brush or jag held in front of the chamber. Always pull out from muzzle carefully. Keep fluids from slopping into action. Use a coated , 1 piece rod if possible.

    Without leading, cleans in 4 one-way passes. I well cared for barrel cleans for copper as easily from the muzzle as from the breech. Everyone uses a chamber guide right?

    (I presume everyone has carefully deburred rod ends, jags, etc., checked fit-ups?)

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    I pretty much agree. I got as far as the scrub hell out of it and quit. I'm not sure what the OP's question really is but if it pertains to "can I clean from the chamber end?" the answer is pretty much no. Not unless you've got a couple hours to devote just to disassembly/reassembly. Now, with that said, you've got several choices of how to clean from the muzzle end. I'll admit to, at times, just shoving the cleaning jag/brush down the bore and back out being careful, of course, to not contact the muzzle with the cleaning rod. A muzzle protector can be bought or, as I use, homemade from a cartridge case that will fit inside the bore, yet allow the rod to pass thru it. A better way is as BvT described above. I've never used a bore snake but they may be the way to go, inserting from the chamber. Anyone here use one and care to comment? I think the bottom line here is that you have to clean from the muzzle end and protect the rifling at the muzzle. Question answered? Regards, Woody
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    Tisn't rocket science!
    Place gun upside down in a cradle with action open and the muzzle a little lower than breech. Use a muzzle guard. Clean as you would any other gun/bore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 405 View Post
    Tisn't rocket science!
    Place gun upside down in a cradle with action open and the muzzle a little lower than breech. Use a muzzle guard. Clean as you would any other gun/bore.
    +1. A section of plain ol' drinking straw makes a dandy muzzle guard.

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    tbh my 94 is one of the easiest guns i have to clean

    couple of passes with the rod (plastic coated, brass brush and jag) then tooth brush on bolt face, wipe around with a rag in the action, couple of q tips for the harder to reach areas and job done

    every year or so i will strip her down completely and do a thorough clean but thats just me being anal!

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    agree with the upside down cleaning deal . Keeps all the unwanted stuff out of the action. Amazes me when I hear people over here complaining about cleaning fluid and gunk running into the action.
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    Thanks for the tip Jim. One of these days,.

    I always put a rag in front of the bolt to soak any stray liquid and protect the firing pin/bolt face from a slip. I also use Ballistol exclusively, unless it's a bad copper fouled bore then I use the Outters plug in high voltage 220v (3ph of course) bore zap thingy.
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    A trigger tune depends on the production date of the rifle. I sent my Pack Rifle to a Benchrest gunsmith and it came back wonderful (AE , hammer block safety, transfer bar mess). On my pre-64s I just lighltened the lever safety spring a little and put teflon lube on the sear and notches. One one I adjusted the hammer leaf spring tension screw.

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    Clean it same as a Krag, from the front when you don't have time to strip it down. Mines only be striped down once, probably will be cleaned from the front the rest of the time I own it. i use Ed's Red and don't worry about any drops in the action. The transmission fluid will be left after the solvents evaporate and will only provide rust protection and some lubrication. I think a case could be made for purposefully rinsing the action with Ed's Red, although I haven't.....yet.
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    The nice thing about top opening lever guns like Winchesters is access. I do what others here have said as far as putting a rag in the action to soak up bore cleaner as I am cleaning the bore. I simply refuse to dissassemble an old lever gun unless absolutely necessary, the chance of marring a screw head or slipping up and scratching the receiver is too great for my five thumbed hands, so for cleaning the action I use a lot of cheap qtips that I get at Dollar General. If the action is really dirty in places that I cant get too (and this doesnt happen too often), I've been known to spray a little dilluted Simple Green cleaner in the action, and after a couple of minutes holding the action upside down, carefully wash it out with clear water from a pump up sprayer. I then immediately go to the air hose and dry everything out. After that I heavily spray the inside of the action with EEZOX and leave it upside down with the bolt open on a clean rag for a couple of days. All the excess runs out onto the rag, and any left over I give the inside of the action another light going over with a couple more q tips and put a couple drops of gun oil on the bolt and one on each side of the hammer (if necessary). EEZOX is not a lubricant, its a gun finish protectant, and I can't say enough good things about it. A thin coat wont run back into the action , and other than what seems like a trichlor carrier fluid or thinning agent that gasses off in short order, it has nothing in it that seems to harm wood finishes. I may get laughed off the board for this method, but it works for me.

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    I use a cut down case w/ a patch in it in the chamber. when done remove it and clean chamber area. also have used the rag in chamber. like the case do not have to weary about hittng the fireing pin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody1 View Post
    ... I've never used a bore snake but they may be the way to go, inserting from the chamber. Anyone here use one and care to comment? .....
    I use bore snakes all the time. They work pretty good, but I really don't rely on them for fine cleaning...They do have a brush built in, and I have used them with solvent effectively.
    It is difficult to tell if you have a good clean bore, because you are using the same snake over and over.. At some point, you need a patch to finish cleaning..
    For my 22's, that is all I use.. just the snake..
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    I'd think one of the Otis flexible cable kits would be just about ideal for a 94. They use regular bore brushes and everything; the only difference is that you pull it from breech to muzzle, rather than push it the other way.
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    Eezox

    1886nut, I am happy to see that you are using one of the better gun products on the market and that is the EEZOX you spoke of. I do suggest that you read the label and then go to the companies web site to learn more about what the product is. The second word on the label states it is a lubricant. It is one of the better ones that I have found for SS guns or cowboy guns that are fouled and hot from shooting. A very good friend of mine did a test with EEZOX and steel wool that was exposed to salt air for months. You may do a search on Cast Boolets to view it. The original was on the Open Range forum by John Boy. Later David
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    C'mon ????????.......... using a boresnake is like using a dirty handkerchief.

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    Despite the critical and necessary need to destroy our nation's Islamic enemies, I cannot support that course simply because the bozo team, which has screwed up badly since its inception, WOULD ONLY SCREW THAT UP TOO.

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