Learn how to clean a SKS Rifle here at The Old Gun Blog with a hands-on, “step by step” article.
In the shopping list to the right I make a reference to Solvent. My brand is Hoppes No. 9.
I always save a little bottle to pour some Solvent into and also it fits perfectly into the gun stand. The stand allows you to have Solvent, Patches, Brushes, Slotted Ends, etc in easy reach.
Next I take a clean patch and dowse it with Shooter’s Choice Copper Remover . I have tried many different brands of Copper Remover – but Shooter’s Choice seems to work the best and the fastest. Take a look at Figure 10 and you will see what the patch looks like when you have copper fouling and it is being removed. The patch turns bright blue.
After running the copper remover soaked patch through the bore a couple of times (yes, this is the only time it is all right to pull a patch back through the barrel ), I start again with the Hoppes No. 9 soaked patches to remove the copper solvent.
Continue running a solvent soaked patch alternating with a non soaked, dry patch until the patches come out clean (only the color of the solvent) This may take quite a while and you may actually want to span it over several sessions. This is not rocket science but does require a certain level of tenacity and endurance. You usually do win out over the rifle. When the patches finally do come out clean and you have removed any remaining solvent, take a clean patch and dowse it with Break Free and run it through the barrel. Then take a clean patch and slowly run it through the barrel to sop up any excess.