Gun cleaning “on the trail” isn’t fun, but these basic supplies you can take anywhere will make the job a lot easier

by Rob Reaser

We were hundreds of miles from home and spent a week scrambling across the South Dakota prairies chasing turkeys, coyotes, and prairie dogs (even chasing our own tails, on a few occasions!). It rained. It snowed. We slopped through muddy creek bottoms and squinted in dusty 30 mph winds. We saw it all, and so did our guns.

Yep…it’s all fun and games until it’s time to pack up and head home. Before we do that, it’s always a good idea to give our guns a quick cleaning to remove all the fouling and clean off the grit and gunk that inevitably accumulates and that can lead to rust. The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort or supplies to give your guns a field touchup before heading home.

This year, we came prepared to make the job easier. Having several different firearms running through camp, we brought along Real Avid’s one-and-done Gun Boss Pro Universal cleaning kit, which has everything needed to clean the bores of the most popular shotgun and rifle calibers, along with the company’s newest cleaning chemicals—Bore-Max Bore Foam solvent and Gun-Max Gun Oil. Toss in MTM Case-Gard’s highly portable and convenient Gunsmith Maintenance Center and we have everything needed to field service a camp full of critter gitters.

Check out this video for tips on giving your shotgun the tailgate cleaning treatment and you may agree that a gun cleaning kit should be a permanent fixture in your hunting rig…

Shoot On Editor-in-Chief Rob Reaser is a lifelong outdoorsman, former magazine editor, columnist, and contributing editor to numerous national publications in the automotive and outdoor segments. He has also authored and co-authored several DIY gun building books. His shooting and hunting passions cover everything from traditional archery and big-game bowhunting to the latest in handguns, rifles, and reloading. Rob has a troublesome habit of pulling guns and things apart to see how they work; occasionally, he manages to get them back together...

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