How to Clean a Remington 770

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The Remington Model 770 is the upgrade to the Model 710. The centerfire rifle comes equipped with a pre-mounted and boresighted 3-9x40mm riflescope. Its detachable magazine holds four standard cartridges and three magnum cartridges. While Remington rifles have a long-standing reputation for rugged reliability, it is still necessary to clean them every so often. You need a few basic items to properly clean a Remington 770. Keeping the rifle clean maintains its accuracy and reliability over the years of wear and tear.

Items you will need

  • Cleaning patch

  • Cleaning rod or jag

  • Bore solvent

  • Bore brush

  • Gun oil

  • Gun grease

  • Micro-fiber cloth

Engage the safety on the rifle. Remove the magazine and pull back the bolt to eject any cartridges left in the barrel. Perform a visual inspection of the chamber with the rifle pointed away from you to verify that the weapon is unloaded.

Raise the bolt handle to open the action; rotate the bolt stop lever on the left hand side of the rifle to the vertical position. Pull the bolt straight back and out of the 770.

Soak a cleaning patch in bore solvent and attach it to the tip of a cleaning rod or jag. Pass the cleaning rod and patch from the chamber end, through the bore, and out the muzzle several times. Wait 10 to 20 minutes to allow the solvent to penetrate the debris inside the bore before proceeding.

Attach the appropriate caliber cleaning-brush to the cleaning rod; spray the rod with bore solvent. Push the rod and brush through the bore 10 to 12 times to remove the debris. Pull the rod and brush completely out of the muzzle. Insert it back through the chamber end each time to avoid sweeping debris into the bore. Remove the brush from the cleaning rod.

Attach a cleaning patch to the rod. Pass the rod and patch through the bore to remove excess debris. Change the cleaning patch on each pass, and repeat the process until the patch comes out clean. This indicates that all loose debris has been eliminated.

Soak a cleaning patch in gun oil; pass it through the bore with the help of the cleaning rod. Replace the oily patch with a clean patch. Repeat the process one time to remove any excess lubricant.

Spray the bolt and firing pin with solvent; dry them with a clean micro-fiber cloth. Grease the bolt with a light coat of gun grease. Wipe the receiver with the micro-fiber cloth.

Apply gun oil to the micro-fiber cloth. Wipe the entire rifle to apply a light coat of oil before storing it This protects the weapon from rust.


  • Use a hard case for long storage periods. Soft cases soak up the oil.
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