Originally Posted by drboompa
Here is a real novice question: Am I correct that to properly clean this rifle I need to take out the wedges and remove the barrel from the stock? If so, how do the wedges come out? Just drive them out? From which side?
Are extra wedges easy to come by?
By the way, I just purchased a commercial poster about this rifle that indicates it was being sold in 1978.
Usually you can just take a flat screw driver and just smack it with your palm to knock out the wedges. Then just lift up front of the barrel to remove it.just look at the wedge it is obvious that they only go in one direction. I then ether fill a bucket or the sink with hot water, pour some dish washing liquid down the barrel. Take my cleaning rod with cleaning patch and start swabbing this will force water in and out of the nipple and it gets the water dirty very quick so change it a few times till it is clean. (note here for novice the cleaning rod is not like one for modern fire arms no loop for cleaning patch, the black power cleaning rod has a brass button you lay the patch over the end of the barrel in push it in with the rod causing it to wrap around the button)
Now that it clean run the hottest water you can through it and get it as dry as you can with new patches, the use lots of WD40 patches to get out rest of moisture. Then patch it with a heavier oil, I use 3in1 a good amount with clean patch. Should go with out saying make sure do the outside of barrel too.
Then I put to barrel back on, push the wedges back in. I fold a patch place over the nipple let the hammer down to hold the patch in place. Stand the rifle up and place a liberal amount of 3in1 oil around the inside bore (enough that I am sure it will make it to that patch I placed over the nipple) the place in standing back in my gun cabinet till next time.