HOW TO CLEAN A SAVAGE CENTERFIRE BOLT-ACTION RIFLE
Properly care for and clean you gun. Your gun is a mechanical device that will not last forever and is subject to wear. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, a loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck or building. Never attempt to disassemble, clean, or oil a loaded firearm! Be sure the chamber and magazine are completely empty - do not assume!!!
Note: Be sure to read and understand all of the cautions and warnings on all solvents and chemicals prior to use, follow the manufacturer's instructions for best cleaning results.
Suggested tools for general maintenance and cleaning; padded vise, Phillips screwdriver, 7/16" box end or socket wrench, 9/64" Allen wrench. Disassemble only one firearm at a time to avoid interchanging components. Bolt assemblies are specifically matched to a firearm, using any other bolt assembly may cause extensive damage to the firearm and/or serious injury to the shooter or bystander.
Step 1 - Remove The Bolt
Each bolt is matched to its specific firearm. Do not use this bolt in any other firearm.
- Lift the bolt handle and pull fully rearward. When the bolt is opened, look and feel to be sure there are no cartridges in either the chamber or magazine.
- Pull back on the trigger while pressing down on the COCKING INDICATOR.
- Slide the bolt out of the rear of the receiver. Care should be taken not to hit the stock with the bolt.
Do not disassemble the bolt assembly.
Step 2 - Cleaning The Bore
- Prepare an area for cleaning the firearm with a suitable surface, adequate ventilation, correct caliber cleaning rod, brush, patches, powder solvent, and oil
- Remove the bolt.
- Lay the firearm horizontally with the ejection port facing down.
- Always starting from the chamber end, push the cleaning rod through the bore and out the muzzle end. Using a small amount of powder solvent on the brush, push the cleaning rod through the barrel several times.
- Unscrew the brush from the cleaning rod and replace it with a patch tip. Push a new patch through the bore starting from the chamber end and out the muzzle. Repeat 6 times.
- Push a new patch saturated with gun oil through the bore to remove the excess oil.
A very thin film of oil is sufficient protection. Do not over oil!
Step 3 - Protecting The Metal Surface
- In order to be able to reach all surfaces, remove the bolt prior to cleaning and oiling.
- With a soft cloth, remove any foreign matter (i.e. mud, twigs, grass).
- Apply a thin coat of gun oil on all cleaned metal surfaces, rubbing may be necessary to remove any signs of rust. Where accessible, clean and lightly oil interior metal surfaces.
Step 4 - Cleaning The Muzzlebrake
Be sure the bolt is open and there is no live ammunition in either the chamber or magazine.
- After each use, position the BRAKE in the closed position.
- With the muzzle pointed downward, liberally spray brake cleaner/carburetor cleaner into muzzlebrake.
- Open and close the BRAKE, working the solvent into the mechanism to flush out any residue and prevent carbon build-up. Applying oil to the adjustable muzzle brake will increase carbon build-up and may cause the brake to malfunction.