How to Clean a Ruger .44 Magnum Super Blackhawk

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The Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver is a single-action handgun that is very popular among hunters. Keeping your Super Blackhawk clean will help ensure the proper function of the gun and keep it looking like new. You should properly clean your revolver as soon as is practical after shooting it or after exposure to moisture. Just for general maintenance, you should clean your Super Blackhawk at least once a year, even if it has not been fired.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning Rod
  • Brass Wire Brush (sized for .44 cal)
  • Clean cloth patches (approximately 2 inches square)
  • Clean cloth rag
  • Small toothbrush
  • Light Gun Oil
  • Gun Cleaning Solvent
  • Make sure that your revolver is unloaded by pointing it in a safe direction, opening the cylinder gate on the right side of the revolver and rotating the cylinder. Inspect the cylinder to ensure that there are no cartridges in the weapon. Remove any cartridges by pulling the ejector rod, located beneath the barrel, fully back.

  • Disassemble your Super Blackhawk by pressing the pin latch (located in front of the cylinder on the left side), pulling the cylinder retention pin straight out and removing the cylinder from the right side.

  • Install your wire brush on the end of your cleaning rod and apply gun cleaning solvent to the brush. Brush down the barrel and thoroughly scrub the interior. When you have finished with the barrel, use your brush to clean the six chambers in your cylinder. After you have finished, remove the wire brush from the end of the cleaning rod.

  • Use your small toothbrush, with gun cleaning solvent, to clean all external surfaces, the cylinder and the cylinder retention pin of your revolver. After you have finished, wipe off any excess solvent with a clean rag.

  • Place a clean patch on your cleaning rod and pass it through the barrel; remove the dirty patch, replace it and do it again until your patch comes out clean. Do the same thing for the chambers on your cylinder.

  • Apply a small amount of gun oil to a fresh patch and pass it through the barrel and cylinder. Lightly apply a light coating of gun oil to the rest of the revolver.

  • Reinstall the cylinder and wipe off any excess oil from the revolver.

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