How to Clean a Browning Buck Mark

 How to Clean a Browning Buck Mark

Browning is known for making superior quality firearms, and they have been doing this for decades. So it’s not surprising that their products are so popular. 

One of their top-selling firearms is the Browning Buck Mark pistol. It’s a relatively large pistol and what’s great about it is its accuracy. The pistol, which has a super light trigger and a heavy barrel, is designed for precision. It has low recoil, and it’s relatively easy to use. 

There are 22 different Buck Mark models with varying features, but the design is the same. If you already own one or intend to buy one, you must know how to clean and maintain it.

Without proper maintenance, your pistol may malfunction, which could be potentially dangerous or it may stop functioning altogether

Most pistols don’t come with a manual that contains the cleaning and maintenance procedures. But we have got you covered, and in this guide, we will explain how to clean a Browning Buck Mark. 

Cleaning Procedure

Before you clean any type of firearm, you first need to ensure that it is not loaded. It’s never a good idea to clean a loaded gun, even if you are just wiping it to give a good shine. 

Secondly, you need to equip yourself with the right gun cleaning equipment, and this may include gun oil, cleaning solvent, nylon brush, cleaning rod, and cleaning patches. The equipment you choose will depend on whether you are doing a deep clean or simple, quick clean.  

Disassembling your Buck Mark

To give your pistol a nice thorough clean, you need to disassemble it first. Remove the magazine from the pistol and ensure that the chamber is not loaded. Make sure the “safety” is in the “on safe” position. 

Disassembling your Buck Mark

Wear goggles to protect your eyes when cleaning your pistol to protect your eyes from the cleaning agents, which can irritate the eyes. You could also choose to wear gloves to protect your hands. 

Before you start cleaning your pistol, make sure that there is no ammunition on or near the cleaning area. Also, do not test your firearm’s mechanical function with live ammunition, as this can result in grievous injury

Step 1:

Check to see that the chamber is empty, then take your gun cleaning solvent and spray or dip your brush in the solvent. Push the brush into the breech and start scrubbing to remove any fouling buildup. Do this a second time to ensure that you have scrubbed off all the build-up. 

Push the brush into the breech and start scrubbing

Step 2: 

Use your cleaning rod and cleaning patch to clean the bore. This time you are going to use your gun oil to clean the bore. Simply insert the rod and patch into the muzzle, and then move the rod in and out a few times. 

Do this carefully to avoid the rod striking the muzzle crown to prevent any kind of damage to the area, as this can cause your pistol to fire less accurately. 

Use your cleaning rod and cleaning patch to clean the bore

If the bore and chamber have excessive powder fouling, use a nitro solvent and a nylon brush to remove the fouling. 

Step 3:

After you have successfully removed all the fouling from the bore and chamber, wipe these areas dry using a patch or clean rag. Then oil these areas and other moving parts using an oiled patch. You don’t need to use a large amount of gun oil to do this.

Too much oil can interfere with the normal function of the pistol. A small amount of gun oil will be more than sufficient. 

Wipe these areas dry using a patch or clean rag

Step 4: 

Clean the magazine using a cleaning aerosol solvent, a cleaning rod, and a patch. Spray the magazine   with the solvent, then use the patch and cleaning rod to remove any grease or dirt. 

Clean the magazine using a cleaning aerosol solvent

Make sure to thoroughly clean the inside of the magazine to remove all the dirt. Then use a clean, dry cloth to dry it. 

Step 5:

Once you are done cleaning your pistol, reassemble it, and store it in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children if you have kids.

It’s important to note that cleaning your pistol as regularly as you use it can increase its life span and prevent it from malfunctioning.

You don’t necessarily need to do a deep clean every time you use your pistol. But it does help to do a quick clean after using it to avoid fouling buildup. 

Reassemble it, and store it in a cool

If your pistol has a function problem, do a deep clean to see if this solves the problem. If it does not, take your gun to a qualified gunsmith to take a look, but do not fix any damage yourself to avoid causing further damage to your pistol.  

Pistol Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

A pistol is a powerful weapon that can cause severe damage and bodily harm if poorly handled. It should, therefore, be handled with great care during the maintenance process to avoid injuries. 

That said, here are some pistol cleaning and maintenance tips. 

  • Always wear protective gear like goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and hands. Some gun cleaning solvents are harsher than others, and they may cause irritation if they come into contact with your skin or eyes. 
  • Never clean a loaded gun, even if you are merely wiping the gun to remove dust or dirt. Always make sure that it is not loaded for your safety and the safety of others. 
  • Use the proper equipment to clean your pistol. There are gun cleaning kits that are specifically designed for cleaning pistols. 
  • Clean your pistol as regularly as you use it to avoid fouling buildup. If you use your gun all the time but rarely clean it, carbon buildup may cause your pistol to malfunction resulting in serious injury.


Shooting targets with your Browning Buck Mark can be fun and enjoyable. The only problem is that many people don’t take the time to clean their firearms after they use them. Unfortunately, this can cause malfunction issues with the pistol. Therefore, take the time to clean your pistol not only to ensure that it continues to hit targets accurately but also to extend its life. 

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