Sitka Mountain Gear
Cleaning a release
Equipment
Contributors to this thread:
cnelk 15-Aug-20
WapitiBob 15-Aug-20
skookumjt 15-Aug-20
GLP 15-Aug-20
Bowboy 15-Aug-20
drycreek 15-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 15-Aug-20
Hank_S 16-Aug-20
Dale06 16-Aug-20
Scrappy 16-Aug-20
cnelk 16-Aug-20
midwest 16-Aug-20
Boatman71 17-Aug-20
Bowboy 17-Aug-20
GBTG 17-Aug-20
Ucsdryder 17-Aug-20
Yasla 17-Aug-20
ESP 17-Aug-20
From: cnelk
15-Aug-20

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Anyone clean and do maintenance on your release?

You should. They get dirty.

I like to give the mechanism a shot of carb cleaner, blow out with air compressor, then lubricate with graphite lubricant.

Do not use WD40 as it attracts dirt and gunk.

From: WapitiBob
15-Aug-20
Nope, never.

From: skookumjt
15-Aug-20
Cleaning yes. Lubrication never.

From: GLP
15-Aug-20
I do this twice a year(just like cnelk). I have a Scott little goose that I got in 2005 and it still works great. On my 3 rd wrist strap. Also readjust every year.

From: Bowboy
15-Aug-20
On my Carter Ember just the air compressor.

From: drycreek
15-Aug-20
Yep, AFTER something in my release caused it to stick, and the operator panicked and jerked the damn thing so hard that he shot over the target. It was just a doe, they make more, but what if it had been a nice buck ? I like to eat ‘em anyway and that’s one I never got to eat.

From: Grey Ghost
15-Aug-20
I use compressed air, and a drop of bicycle chain "dry lube" on my 15 year old Little Goose release. Still as smooth as the day I bought it.

Matt

From: Hank_S
16-Aug-20
I clean my release (and backup) a couple times per year...using much the same method as cnelk. I do the same thing for auto loading shotguns during goose season; dry graphite does not attract dirt!

From: Dale06
16-Aug-20
I rotate three releases, all tru Fire. Been using them 15 or so years and never thought about cleaning them. Guess I will now.

From: Scrappy
16-Aug-20

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I'm been using this for a couple years followed up with compressed air with no issues.

From: cnelk
16-Aug-20
Note!

If you clean your release, be prepared for an entirely new ‘touch’.

From: midwest
16-Aug-20
I follow John Dudley's instruction for my Nock 2 It and Silverback....compressed air and tri-flow.

From: Boatman71
17-Aug-20
Same as Midwest here. Compressed air and a small drop of lube on my Silverback.

From: Bowboy
17-Aug-20

From: GBTG
17-Aug-20
Brake cleaner for me.

From: Ucsdryder
17-Aug-20
If you clean a Carter bandheld be very careful opening it. Those little springs will fly everywhere!!! Also, putting a carter back together takes an advanced engineering degree so try to take a picture of it before you disassemble it, assuming it didn’t explode when you took it apart.

From: Yasla
17-Aug-20
good tip- never had an issue until this year, like drycreek I missed target at 20 yards by 3 feet when release stuck first shot earlier this summer. luckily for me just a bag target. Anyone soak or clean the wrist strap portion of their release as well? i never have, but shoot all summer and sweat all over it, just curious.

From: ESP
17-Aug-20
Remington action cleaner. Is what I use. Never oil or petroleum.

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