36508336 - cleaning of gun using ramrodHunting duck, geese and other fowl sure is a fun thing to do. The vigilance of the hunter. The attentiveness of the dogs. The excitement of the quick, successive shots. The gratification of bagging all those bird!

One of the not-so-fun yet ever-so-important aspects of hunting that doesn’t get enough attention is cleaning. More specifically, the cleaning of your shotgun. But as most good hunters already know, this facet of hunting is one you’ll definitely want to pay attention to.

Doing a little bit of consistent cleaning and maintenance on your shotgun (all guns really) will keep it from rusting and corroding. Shotguns will actually last for multiple decades or even a lifetime if they’re cleaned properly. Not only that, but a poorly cleaned gun might not fire accurately or properly the next time you use it … and no hunter wants that.

Luckily, cleaning a shotgun is relatively easy and painless. Click here to get a basic overview, a list of the materials you’ll need and then a step-by-step guide to how to properly clean your shotgun.

If you happen to be a beginner when it comes to hunting and gun maintenance, you should also give this video a quick look. The cleaning process might be easier to understand once you’ve actually seen it done.