Cleaning a Savage Rimfire Semi-Automatic

The gun operates at its best when the firing mechanism is clean.

The functioning of your autoloader is dependent on the energy of the bullet, which exposes the chamber to gases. Consequently, keeping your firearm clean or cleaning your firearm after extensive use will maintain the desired operation of the gun.

Step 1 - Disassemble the action

Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. A loaded gun has no place in or near a vehicle or building.

Suggested tools for general maintenance and cleaning; padded vise, Phillips screwdriver, 7/16" box end or socket wrench, 9/64" Allen wrench.

  1. With one hand prepared to catch the removable magazine, push the latch at the front of the magazine forward, ejecting the magazine into your hand.
  2. Placing one hand over the ejection port, slowly pull the cocking handle fully to the rear.
  3. Let the cocking handle come forward slowly and push the handle into the counter bore, locking the bolt open, and extract the live cartridge from the chamber (if there is one).
  4. Look and feel to be sure there are no cartridges in the chamber.
  5. Move the safety forward to the OFF SAFE (Ready to fire) position.
  6. Pull the trigger to disengage the hammer from the sear.
  7. Remove the stock assembly screw, and lift the action and barrel from the stock.
  8. Put the action and barrel in a padded vise.
  9. Remove the magazine housing assembly screws, and remove the magazine housing.
  10. Remove the front stud and barrel clamp.
  11. Remove the receiver and ejector from the barrel.
  12. Remove the cocking handle and slide the bolt forward and out of the receiver.

Do not disassemble the bolt assembly.

Step 2 - Cleaning the bore

Look and feel! Be sure the chamber and magazine are completely empty do not assume!!!

Never attempt to disassemble, clean, or oil a loaded firearm!

Be sure to read and understand all of the cautions and warnings on all solvents and chemicals prior to use. Follow the manufacturers instructions for best cleaning results.

  1. Prepare an area for cleaning the firearm with a suitable surface, adequate ventilation, correct caliber cleaning rod, brush, patches, powder solvent, and oil
  2. Disassemble the action (refer to owner's manual provided with firearm for instructions) before cleaning
  3. 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.
  4. Using a small amount of powder solvent on the brush, push the cleaning rod through the barrel several times
  5. Unscrew the brush from the cleaning rod and replace it with a patch tip
  6. Push a new patch through the bore starting from the chamber end and out the muzzle
  7. Repeat step 6 several times
  8. Push a new patch saturated with gun oil through the bore.
    A very thin film of oil is sufficient protection - do not over oil!!

Step 3 - Protecting the metal surface

  1. In order to be able to reach all surfaces, remove the bolt prior to cleaning and oiling
  2. With a soft cloth, remove any foreign matter (i.e. mud, twigs, grass)
  3. Apply a thin coat of gun oil on all cleaned metal surfaces, rubbing may be necessary to remove any signs of rust
  4. Where accessible, clean and lightly oil interior metal surfaces

Q. How do I clean the muzzlebrake?

Be sure the bolt is open and there is no live ammunition in either the chamber or magazine.

  1. After each use, position the BRAKE in the closed position
  2. With the muzzle pointed downward, liberally spray brake cleaner/carburetor cleaner into muzzlebrake
  3. 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.