I am heading out for a 10-Day backpacking hunt this Fall. I am trying to prepare myself for any maintenance issues that may arise, and am hoping to get suggestions or thoughts from other hunters out there.
The rifle I'm bringing is a stainless steel Winchester Model 70 in 7mag. It's glass-bedded in a synthetic stock, cerakoted and topped with a 4.5-14x scope Burris Signature Rings & Leupold Dual-Dovetail bases.
- I will be using electrical tape to protect the barrel & crown - other tips?
- How proficient should I be at being able to field-strip the bolt and deal with ice/gunk build up?
- Should I use Black-creek covers or a neoprene sleeve over the scope?
- What are the best ways to prevent the scope from getting bumped? Other that using common sense... Styrofoam padding?
- If the need arises, what is the best way to re-center/sight-in the scope if it happens to get out of alignment?
- What tools should I have in my pack if the need arises?
a. Should I bring a replacement firing-pin & spring?
b. Small cleaning kit with brush, solvent, etc? How often should I plan on cleaning the rifle (daily or as-needed)?
c. Graphite or oil-based lubricants?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.