As the owner of any rifle, you have an obligation to keep it well-oiled and clean if you want the best performance from it. That applies to any top-quality rifle, such as the Savage 111 270. As well as being crucial for maintaining the weapon’s efficacy, it also allows you to become more familiar with it.
Of course, it’s easy when you know how, but you do have to go through the learning process. That’s something we aim to help you with now, as we go through a short, yet insightful, step-by-step guide to getting your Savage rifle as clean as possible.
So, if you’re sitting comfortably – as they say – let’s begin.
Step #1 of Cleaning Your Savage 111 270 Rifle – Safety First
Before you begin cleaning your Savage 111 270 rifle, it’s vital to ensure that safety is achieved, which means checking to make sure that the chamber is free of rounds. That means a quick cocking of the mechanism and a visual check forward and back and once you’re sure it’s unloaded, find a well-ventilated area with a clean, flat surface to work on.
You’ll need the following to do a proper job…
- A gun cleaning kit suitable for a .270 caliber (obviously)
- Patch holder and patches
- Nylon cleaning brush
- Clean, lint-free cloths
- Safety glasses and gloves
- Gun oil or lubricant
- Cotton swabs
- Cleaning solvent
- Cleaning rod
- Bore brush
Step #2 – Disassembly
Next, be sure to check your manual for disassembly instruction, which will usually involve simply taking out the bolt and separating the stock from the barrel and action. This will give you the access you need to use your cleaning tools.
Step #3 – Barrel Cleaning
Now, attach the bore brush to your cleaning rod and then add solvent and a patch to it. Then gently pass it through the barrel from the breach end towards the muzzle. You might need to repeat this action a number of times – until the solvent-soaked patches come through clean (free of dirt or oil).
Step #4 – Cleaning the Action
The following important job is to apply solvent to your nylon brush and scrub the action thoroughly. When tackling tight spaces, be sure to use the cotton swabs and then complete the task by wiping it down with a clean cloth to remove all the dirt and solvent you’ve loosened.
Step #5 – Cleaning the Bolt
The last major component to clean is the bolt and you’ll clean it again with your nylon brush and make sure to pay special attention to the bolt face where grime often accumulates. Afterwards, wipe with a clean cloth and put a dash of lubricant into the bolt’s moving parts.
Step #6 – Cleaning the Rest of the Rifle
Finally – in terms of cleaning – you should give the rest of the rifle a scan and make sure they’re cleaning. By that we mean looking at the stock and trigger assembly for any residues that you’ve missed, but sure not to get any oil on the stock as it will make it easier to drop.
Step 7 – Reassemble Your Rifle
Once you’re happy all of the rifles components are clean and dry, put everything back together (usually in reverse order) and check the functionality of the weapon. If you want, finish uup by applying a little oil to the outside of the barrel and action to fend off corrosion.
Your Savage 111 270 Should Now Be Ready For Use
Even if you’re being super careful and diligent with your cleaning, the whole job should take no more than around 20-30 minutes from beginning to end. It’s a good idea to maybe put on some music and relax while you’re doing it so you don’t rush things and you’ll know for sure that your rifle will be ready to go when you need to use it.