Keeping your weapon clean and properly maintained is important for any sportsman. For that reason, I always follow this tip.
Always use a bore guide when cleaning your bolt action and AR platform rifle. The guide keeps the cleaning rod centered in the bore, which protects your chamber. Always remove the dirty patch from the muzzle. A good bore guide can be purchased for many online sellers.
Cleaning your rifle with a bore guide is a cheap and easy way to keep your rifle in great shape.