Cleaning a Savage Centerfire Bolt-Action/Striker
In order to properly care for and clean your gun it is important to note:
- Your gun is a mechanical device that will not last forever and is subject to wear.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, a loaded gun has no place in or near a car, truck or building.
- Disassemble only one firearm at a time to avoid interchanging components.
- Bolt assemblies are specifically matched to a firearm, using any other bolt assembly may cause extensive damage to the firearm and/or serious injury to the shooter or bystander.
- Look and feel! Be sure the chamber and magazine are completely empty - do not assume!!!
- Never attempt to disassemble, clean, or oil a loaded firearm!
- Be sure to read and understand all of the cautions and warnings on all solvents and chemicals prior to use, follow the manufacturer's instructions for best cleaning results.
Step 1 - Remove the bolt
*Each bolt is matched to its specific firearm. Do not use this bolt in any other firearm.
- Lift the bolt handle and pull fully rearward
- When the bolt is opened, look and feel to be sure there are no cartridges in either the chamber or magazine.
- Pull back on the trigger while pressing down on the COCKING INDICATOR
- Slide the bolt out of the rear of the receiver
- Care should be taken not to hit the stock with the bolt
Step 2 - Cleaning the bore
- Prepare an area for cleaning the firearm with a suitable surface, adequate ventilation, correct caliber cleaning rod, brush, patches, powder solvent, and oil
- Remove the bolt
- Lay the firearm horizontally with the ejection port facing down
Always starting from the chamber end, push the cleaning rod through the bore and out the muzzle end
- Using a small amount of powder solvent on the brush, push the cleaning rod through the barrel several times
- Unscrew the brush from the cleaning rod and replace it with a patch tip
- Push a new patch through the bore starting from the chamber end and out the muzzle
- Repeat step 6 several times
- Push a new patch saturated with gun oil through the bore
- Push a new dry patch through the bore to remove the excess oil
A very thin film of oil is sufficient protection - do not over oil!!
Step 3 - Protecting the metal surface
- In order to be able to reach all surfaces, remove the bolt prior to cleaning and oiling
- With a soft cloth, remove any foreign matter (i.e. mud, twigs, grass)
- Apply a thin coat of gun oil on all cleaned metal surfaces, rubbing may be necessary to remove any signs of rust
- Where accessible, clean and lightly oil interior metal surfaces
*Do not disassemble the bolt assembly
Cleaning the muzzlebrake
Be sure the bolt is open and there is no live ammunition in either the chamber or magazine.
- After each use, position the BRAKE in the closed position
- With the muzzle pointed downward, liberally spray brake cleaner/carburetor cleaner into muzzlebrake
- Open and close the BRAKE, working the solvent into the mechanism to flush out any residue and prevent carbon build-up
Applying oil to the adjustable muzzle brake will increase carbon build-up and may cause the brake to malfunction.