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A Step-by-Step Guide: Cleaning Your Ruger 10/22 with the Otis Gun Cleaning System

The Ruger 10/22 is a reliable and popular .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle that is beloved by gun enthusiasts and sports shooters alike. To ensure its longevity and optimal performance, regular cleaning and maintenance are essential. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of cleaning your Ruger 10/22 using the Otis Gun Cleaning System—a comprehensive and efficient solution for firearm maintenance.

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies Before starting the cleaning process, make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies handy. For cleaning your Ruger 10/22 with the Otis Gun Cleaning System, you will need the following items:

  1. Otis Gun Cleaning System: The Otis system is specifically designed to clean firearms effectively and safely. It typically includes a flexible coated cable, various bore brushes, cleaning patches, bore cleaner, lubricant, and a cleaning rod handle.

  2. Cleaning Solvent: Choose a high-quality cleaning solvent, bore cleaner or CLP.

  3. Lubricant: Use a gun lubricant designed to protect your firearm from rust and corrosion.

  4. Cleaning Patches: These patches are used for applying solvents and lubricants to the firearm.

  5. Bore Brush: Select a bore brush specifically designed for .22 caliber firearms. The Otis Gun Cleaning System usually includes a variety of brushes; each have the caliber or gauge stamped in the stem of the brush

  6. Microfiber Cloth: This cloth is ideal for wiping down the exterior of your Ruger 10/22.

Step 2: Ensure Safety First Before beginning any cleaning process, ensure that your Ruger 10/22 is unloaded and the chamber is empty. Remove the magazine and visually inspect the chamber to confirm that there is no ammunition present.

Step 3: Disassemble the Rifle To access the internal components of your Ruger 10/22 for cleaning, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the takedown screw located at the bottom of the rifle. This will separate the barrel and receiver.

  2. Pull the charging handle rearward, allowing the bolt to slide out of the receiver.

  3. Disassemble other removable parts as necessary, such as the trigger group and magazine release.

Step 4: Cleaning the Barrel The Otis Gun Cleaning System's flexible coated cable makes the process of cleaning the barrel a breeze. Follow thes Otis 3-Step Cleaning process (Wet Patch, Bronze Brush, Dry Patch) :

  1. Attach the appropriate slotted tip to the cable -or- use the limited breech cable with a fixed slotted tip.

  2. Tie a small caliber round patch on the slotted tip and apply a few drops of cleaning solvent or CLP to the base of the patch where it will contact the barrel.

  3. Insert the cable into the breech/chamber end of the barrel and pull it through the entire length of the bore.

  4. Thread on a .22 caliber bore brush; insert the cable into the breech/chamber end of the barrel and pull it through the entire length of the bore from breech to muzzle. Always clean the direction the bullet travels to avoid pushing carbon fouling, debris and dirt into the action of your firearm.

  5. Attach a dry cleaning patch to the slotted tip of the cable and pass it through the barrel to remove any remaining solvent and debris.

  6. Repeat this 3-step process (wet patch, bronze brush, dry patch) ; until the patches come out clean.

  7. Run one final patch with a small amount of CLP or lubricant through the barrel to lubricate and protect the bore from rust and corrosion.

Step 5: Cleaning and Lubricating Other Components While the barrel is an essential part to clean, don't forget about the other components of your Ruger 10/22. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Use a cleaning brush or cloth to remove dirt, grime, and fouling from the receiver, bolt, and other parts.

  2. Apply a small amount of cleaning solvent to a cleaning patch or cloth and wipe down these components.

  3. Apply a light coat of lubricant to the bolt, receiver, and other moving parts to ensure smooth operation. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific lubricant you are using.

Step 6: Reassembly and Final Touches After cleaning and lubricating all the necessary components, it's time to put your Ruger 10/22

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Author - Jared Sturtevant |

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