The VFG Cleaning pellets are available for those of you who either do not possess a rifle cleaning kit or are too time poor to do it anyway.
The preferred way to use the cleaning pellets is to ‘dry fire’ the pellet into a blanket at close quarters. Then inspect the cleaning pellet to gauge just what state your rifle barrel is in. To look at this more closely, I use the following scale to clean air rifle barrels:
When ‘dry fired’ into a blanket, the cleaning pellet looks like this:
- It has a dark grey blemish on the cleaning pellet walls.
- It has dark grey and some black debris on the cleaning pellet walls like oil or burning.
- Procedure: Soak 2 or 3 cleaning pellets in silicone oil and squeeze out the excess before firing them into a blanket. The last silicone induced cleaning pellet should have a significantly cleaner appearance and that is when you fire through the last cleaning pellet.
This last cleaning pellet is done slightly differently, and that is you put in a new dry, cleaning pellet and press in behind it a new lead pellet. When fired the cleaning pellet should dissipate any excess oil in the barrel left over from the earlier cleaning pellets and the lead pellet pushing it, and it will do so at a higher speed and pressure, providing a finished and clean barrel in most cases.
Author: Ian McIntosh, Gunroom