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Semi - Auto cleaning

Just picked up a Rem. 7400 semi - auto in .308. Never owned anything but bolts in the past but got a great deal on the remington and thought I'd give it a try. I understand that it is very important to keep these rifles clean in order to have them operate reliably. Can anyone pass along any action / magazine cleaning tips ( solvents,lubricants, brushes etc.) that might help to ensure proper cycling of the action. Seems like a nice rifle for hunting here in the east and would like to give it try this fall. Thanks

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Semi - Auto cleaning

Hello and welcome!

Follow the recommendations in the owners manual. If you didn't get one then you can download one off of Remington's website for free. In addition to what is printed in the manual for auto loaders I scrub fouling from the gas system, bolt, and action with Hoppes No.9 solvent using a brass toothbrush style brush, cloth patches, q-tips, and pipe cleaners. Allow the Hoppes 9 solvent to soak the parts for a while (5 to 15 minutes) before scrubbing. This will help dissolve and loosen caked-on fouling especially from the gas system.

Pipe cleaners, to clean the gas holes and ports. Get real pipe cleaners from a tobacco shop, the kind used to scrub real tobacco pipes. The ones that have stiff nylon and cotton bristles, not the decorative ones with soft colorful fuzz that you get in a craft or flower shop, no, get the real ones.

Then instead of wiping off the loosened fouling and crud with patches or shop towels I take a pressure spray can of Birchwood Casey action cleaner/ degreaser and hose off all the loosened fouling and crud filled solvent from all the parts. (Birchwood Casey now has a new synthetic-safe action cleaner that's easier on stocks and finishes.) This insures that all the crud is removed. A trash can or box lined with a trash bag helps to catch all the crud. Clean the barrel as you would any other barrel except I think in the 7400 you have to clean it from the muzzle. For lubing any auto loader use only a slight film of RemOil. Oil rag resudue is all you need to keep thing moving freely. Too much gun oil just leads to too many malfunctions.

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Thanks very much for your response. You answered my question perfectly. I'll check remington's web site and follow your advice with the products you mentioned. Thanks again.

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Oh one more thing! Wear safety goggles and clean in a well ventilated area. You don't want that action cleaner spraying back in your face when using it. It sprays out under real high pressure and can splash back at you if your get the stream too close to the parts being cleaned.

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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind when cleaning.

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