Damn but I hate coming from a position of ignorance. I was never military, nor law enforcement. The hunters I first learnt anything about weopons from were OK about safety. (stories there in themselves) But I never saw one clean his weopon. (tells you something right there I know). I have a Remington 870. I put a box 'o shells thru every couple months. I purchased a cleaning kit ... a "Tetra Gun" *Professional Gun Care* kit. (.pic attached). My question(s)? How to best clean my gun? I have a book, "Do-it-yourself Gun Repair" by Edward Matunas. He stresses the importance of a clean weopon. And of not using too much lubricant. But also stresses the need to *really* soak the barrel in quality cleaning fluid. *Specific questions* Who takes down there pump action regularly after shooting? (the only way I can see to clean from breech to barrell tip) * How do those tiny square cotton patches get attached to the slot in the cleaner tip in any manner that allows the sides of the barrel to be swathed? Or, for a shot gun, do I not use the little cotton cloths? INstead using the big fuzzy plug and the big brass/wire brush? pictured... (in which order)? How much of the liquid do I put onto the big fuzzy brush? (I've not been putting hardly any at all--- seems to me that almost that whole tiny bottle could be soaked up in one go by that big furry plug...at $49 a shot for the kit I'm loathe to waste it. Thanks for your time and experience.