William Powell Country

How to Clean a Shotgun


Article written by 06 October 2015

For most people their gun is a very special object. Whether it is a Boss or a Baikal they can have huge sentimental value and also constitute a significant financial investment. To this end it is impossible to over-exaggerate the importance in caring for it in order to protect your prized possession.

Each time your gun is fired, residues of unburnt powder and remnants of fibre waddings are left behind which can serve to pit the barrels and can affect the performance of your shotgun. This pitting can cause the pellets to behave differently to normal and in consequence can have an adverse impact on the patterns that are produced. In short this mean that less shot will end up where you want it to as well as reducing stopping power, which is very important if you are like me and need all the help you can get! As well as obvious impacts on your shooting and your gun (which will ultimately decrease it’s value) safety is also compromised due to the unpredictability of your shot pattern.

Lubrication is also key. There are many moving parts to a gun and where metal rubs metal without a suitable lubricant, problems will ensue. The best way to combat this is to ensure that all parts (the hook, the lumps and the cam on the forend) are lubricated with gun oil or lithium grease. While it is difficult to appreciate that the metal can wear enough to be an issue, a shotgun is such a precision piece of workmanship that even the smallest amount of wear can mean that a gun ultimately requires expensive repair work.

Despite the real and serious consequences of poor gun care they can be avoided by simple routine maintenance.

William Powell do offer a professional gun cleaning service which can give you the confidence that your gun is in good working order. We schedule a service to take between 10 and 21 days and this to include barrel repair and reblacking if it is required. We strive to repair and renew and not just to replace parts as it is easier and more profitable. 

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If you have any questions or would like further advice, please call our Gunroom on 01295 701 701 or email: gunroom@williampowell.com 

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