Your shotgun will last a lifetime, and even longer, if properly cared for. The maintenance requirements are relatively minimal, but they’re critical to ensuring your smoothbore functions properly. Periodic cleaning may be required throughout the hunting season depending on how much you use your shotgun and under what field conditions. At the very least, your gun should be thoroughly cleaned once a year—and there’s no better time than during the off-season to get the job done. Here’s how.