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Old 03-26-2009, 11:28 AM   #1
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Cleaning tips

OK KIDS Cleaning the arsenal
Basic Who, What How, Where..

Lets put out the guncare/cleaning tips. What are your tricks.. I'm kinda selfish I just wanna sponge off all your expertise.


I'm kinda lazy:
I normally start with some gun scrubber and a nylon brush to get the big stuff off,
Then I use some hoppes #9 and a nylon brush for scrubbing parts,
For the barrel I use a brush, then patches.
I reassemble, and wipe down with a clean cloth w/some kleen bore.

I use the coffee table in front of the TV (preferably w/some UFC). With a cloth down to keep the drips to a minimum.



So, what are your cleaning tricks?
 
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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You clean
Your guns? I didn't think anyone could afford to shoot enough right now that they need to clean them.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 01:23 PM   #3
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Two words: Bore snake.
Try it once and you'll eventually end up wit one in every caliber you own.


Two more words: Hoppes Elite.
You can use it in the house and the wife/GF won;t run you out or yell at you about "that stinky stuff" ever again.

Old t-shirts for rags, q-tips, cotton make-up remover pads, tobacco pipe cleaners, dental picks, tooth picks. A budy you owe beer...
 
Old 03-26-2009, 01:29 PM   #4
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I will take a photo of my get-up tonight while cleaning my rifle. I have a litany of things I use to make life easier.
 
Old 03-26-2009, 01:57 PM   #5
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barrel gets solvent on patch, brush, solvent till it's cleanish, dry patch till it's cleanish, oil.

bolt gets a wipe with solvent, then paper towel, then a bit of oil, rack the bolt a few times, pull bolt, wipe with paper towel, close bolt

a touch of oil rubbed all over the barrel and stock (for the wood guns)


in the garage, on the work bench
 
Old 03-26-2009, 03:21 PM   #6
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Break Free FTW. I even bath in it, it's that awesome.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 10:32 AM   #7
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For the Ak, I pull it apart, quick wipe down with oily rag, wipe with dry rag, bore snake it a couple times, and slap it back together.

For the black guns, fuck don't get me started on these.

The glock gets roughly the same treatment as the ak, except for some Q tips in the tight spots.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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on the boresnake
 
Old 03-30-2009, 09:34 PM   #9
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Two words: Bore snake.
 
Old 09-13-2009, 10:35 PM   #10
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What about cleaning the chamber on a ar?
 
Old 09-14-2009, 05:48 AM   #11
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Dental pick, Q-tips, and your pinky ;)
 
Old 09-14-2009, 09:00 AM   #12
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I love good old fashioned hoppes solvent. Also as a lube I use firepower pp-10. It's kind of hard to find locally but well worth it.

As for blackpowder, Bathtub or large bucket/trash can w/ soapy water lol let soak. finish with solvent and gun lube.
 
Old 09-14-2009, 09:01 AM   #13
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Old t-shirts for rags, q-tips, cotton make-up remover pads, tobacco pipe cleaners, dental picks, tooth picks. A budy you owe beer...
Guess where all my old undies go
 
Old 09-15-2009, 09:26 PM   #14
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Slip 2000 EWL and Boresnake - G2G!
 
Old 09-17-2009, 08:01 AM   #15
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I was just thinking of getting some big ziploc bags and putting a pistola in one and covering it with Hoppes #9 (after removing the grips of course). Maybe let it sit over night or until I remember it and then let it drain and wipe it down.
I just bought two quarts of #9 mail order.
I was thinking of using a cake pan with a cover but can't find one big enough for the Super Blackhawk.

I always worry about the places you can't get to.
 
Old 10-26-2009, 09:33 PM   #16
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My .02
1) JB bore cleaning compound: lead, brass, wads, carbon, all 100% gone. Patch & toothbrush
2) Eezox: Please do a search & check the link below, swab clean bore & brush rest of the firearm with round basting brush. Dries to a film & polish. Resists body oil/finger prints, water beads and rolls off for months. Best CLP I have used to date.

http://www.6mmbr.com/corrosiontest.html

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Old 10-26-2009, 11:38 PM   #17
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I use brake cleaner on the bolt when I initially take it out of the AR. Gets rid of most the nasty stuff. Don't let brake cleaner touch the outer surface of your rifle though, it will weaken the durability of the finish. It's fine for the bolt because it dries pretty much instantly and the finish on it handles the chemical just fine. You can spray a little on a rag and reach inside the star chamber also.


Just a quick trick... I'll probably be flamed for this.
 
Old 10-27-2009, 01:32 AM   #18
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sonicare toothbrush
 
Old 11-11-2009, 06:10 PM   #19
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sonicare toothbrush
I like that idea, I may need to go get a cheap electric toothbrush for gun cleaning. And on the bore snake, they work wonders and very quick.
 
Old 01-12-2010, 03:02 PM   #20
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Instead of a dental toothpick, I found a couple different sizes of paperclips works well. You can bend them to fit into nooks and crannies. I just put a swab on the end to help not scratch stuff.
 
Old 01-14-2010, 08:05 AM   #21
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Two words: Bore snake...
BoreSnake is awesome, but really best for a quick clean at the range. Very portable, quick & easy, but not thorough.

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Break Free FTW. I even bath in it, it's that awesome.
Nice avatar Pete. Is that your new pistol?

Break Free CLP is awesome! It contains chemicals that neutralize the corrosive elements of powder/primer residue and is loaded with metal preservative chemicals.

I have been using a product called Wipe-out, and the Accelerator. Extremely effective on both copper fowling AND carbon fowling. I have several guns now that have NEVER had a brush in them.

This is where it differs from other solvents. Most are great for carbon (Hoppes) OR copper (Sweet's) but not both. I really like it.

I use an Otis cleaning kit at the range or while hunting, and the Otis solvent (which is very similar to Break free).
They come in a large variety of styles to suit your specific needs and are amazing. Small, portable AND as thorough as a full bench kit. An excellent addition to your zombie survival kit.
 
Old 01-14-2010, 10:02 AM   #22
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All are great suggestions. Bore snakes are the shizzznit for most guns including the long reaching ones. I don't know everyones feeling on the remington wipes but I use those on my officers 1911.
Fit in your back pocket and when used on 3.5 inch barrell you just twist the towellete for the inside of the barrell first and then proceed to wipe down the rest of the gun. usually one towellete will do with two drops of oil on each side of the slide rail. Full detail every 3rd or 4th firing.

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Old 01-14-2010, 03:48 PM   #23
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:14 PM   #24
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After years of owning old surplus rifles that NEVER seem to get clean I now electrically clean them. It's simpler than you might think. a low voltage source (that old cell phone charger, or two), a length of 1/4" steel rod, shrink tubing, rubber stopper, and windex or amonia and a couple of binder clips.

put 4 1"-2" lengths of shrink tubing on the rod, heat em up to the point they are tight but can still be moved.

at the chamber end insert a rubber stopper push it in place with the bolt.

stand the action on end in a pan or pail.

fill the bore part way with windex,

insert the steel rod and adjust the shrink tubing so the steel rod does not touch the bore,

fill the bore to the top with windex,

connect the neg lead from the power source to the rod, and the positive to the exterior of the rifle.

plug it in and watch the gunk start to bubble out.

after about a half an hour shut it down and run a couple of patches through it, you will be freakin amazed at the sh*t that comes out!!
 
Old 03-28-2010, 12:39 AM   #25
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I use hopps and coffie filters.
 
Old 03-28-2010, 10:15 AM   #26
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For the handguns I use some hippie solvent that has almost nothing bad in it whatsoever but is obscenly expensive becuase my employer insists on environmental friendlyness. It actually works pretty well, we use it in a small parts washer with a power brush.

For the rifles I used to use a lot of brake cleaner. At $3 a can, it's a hell of a lot cheaper the Gun Scrubber and works pretty well. Follow it up with a bore snake and break free. Hoppes is not just for bores, I use it in chambers, bolts, everywhere there is carbon. I have been known to use a dremel with a softer brush on it for some parts of the BCG. My higher end guns get treated a bit better than that - q-tips, patches and lots of love.
 
Old 01-01-2011, 11:12 AM   #27
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I use hopps and coffie filters.
Just tried the coffee filters out. Great tip!!!! They work great.
 
Old 01-05-2011, 06:50 AM   #28
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Two words: Bore snake.
Try it once and you'll eventually end up wit one in every caliber you own.


Two more words: Hoppes Elite.
You can use it in the house and the wife/GF won;t run you out or yell at you about "that stinky stuff" ever again.

Old t-shirts for rags, q-tips, cotton make-up remover pads, tobacco pipe cleaners, dental picks, tooth picks. A budy you owe beer...
I totally agree. Now theres a 'new improved' model Bore Snake 'Viper' edition. It has an extra brass brush section woven into it. 3 passes and the bore is super clean. He's right about owning one for each caliber. They really work!
Thanks for the 'tips' on the chemicals!

LINKY>>>YouTube - Hoppe's BoreSnake Viper

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Old 03-12-2011, 07:21 PM   #29
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gun cleaning productsa?

which producs do you all like to use and why?

As for me I like Hoppes why I don't know I always used it since I had a riffle when I was a young buck.

But I wanted to see what others used and what they liked about that product.?


**THREADS MERGED** ;)

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Old 03-12-2011, 07:51 PM   #30
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:42 PM   #31
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I use the Otis cleaning products with Hoppes solvent

I like the Hoppes solvent, but I like the Otis cleaning tools better than all the rest
 
Old 03-13-2011, 07:31 AM   #32
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:13 PM   #34
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Wow...not suprising alot of replies on this subject. I ran across a unique way to clean old gun parts and even newer ones that have been subjected to field use that involves participation of a much frendlier solvent :

1) Tear down the material to its most simple parts
2) Give it a nice dose of Simple Green
3) Scrub the parts with a normal, medium toothbrush
4) Spray again with the Simple Green (this will usually remove the remaining cosmoline (dried oil) that has aquired over years of storage on alot of military arms).
5) Place each part to be washed after you scrub into a container of plain old water
6) Remove all the parts and place on a baking sheet
(get where this is going? :) )
8) remove as much moisture as possible with whatevr you have that can get the jpb done
7) pre-heat oven to 170 degrees (don't go above 250)
9) place parts in oven for aprrox. 17 mins to dry
10) lay parts out to assemble on tray
11) vigorously spray parts with Break Free
12) wipe down parts
13) re-assemble parts
14) you should have a nice and clean, smooth operating firearm


Aside from this long procedure. I would just use Hopps solvent and bore brush with a few passes of basic patches to clean out the bore for a standad tube swipe.

Last edited by MindPilot; 04-19-2011 at 07:16 PM.
 
Old 04-19-2011, 07:19 PM   #35
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Wow...not suprising alot of replies on this subject. I ran across a unique way to clean old gun parts and even newer ones that have been subjected to field use that involves participation of a much frendlier solvent :

1) Tear down the material to its most simple parts
2) Give it a nice dose of Simple Green
3) Scrub the parts with a normal, medium toothbrush
4) Spray again with the Simple Green (this will usually remove the remaining cosmoline (dried oil) that has aquired over years of storage on alot of military arms).
5) Place each part to be washed after you scrub into a container of plain old water
6) Remove all the parts and place on a baking sheet
(get where this is going? :) )
8) remove as much moisture as possible with whatevr you have that can get the jpb done
7) pre-heat oven to 170 degrees (don't go above 250)
9) place parts in oven for aprrox. 17 mins to dry
10) lay parts out to assemble on tray
11) vigorously spray parts with Break Free
12) wipe down parts
13) re-assemble parts
14) you should have a nice and clean, smooth operating firearm


Aside from this long procedure. I would just use Hopps solvent and bore brush with a few passes of basic patches to clean out the bore for a standad tube swipe.
That's a good process, I have a couple that could use a trip through that list.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #36
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What about cleaning the chamber on a ar?
They make bore brushes specific to ARs that work pretty good. I got mine from Midway USA, can't remember the price off the top of my head, but pretty sure it was < $20 and well worth it.
 
Old 04-21-2011, 11:29 AM   #37
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Nice avatar Pete. Is that your new pistol?
Well it's not exactly new anymore, but yes. I've added another 1911 to the fold since then as well, a Springfield Loaded MC Operator. I'm going to turn the Kimber into more of a bullseye/target gun and the Springfield will stay stock as a "fightin" gun.
 
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For rifles, two words to start; Bore Guide.......

If you do a lot of shooting I cannot emphazise enough that you use a bore guide everytime you place a cleaning rod in the bore of the weapon..especially those of you that gets a copper problem after several rounds..Bore Snakes will not need a a bore guide but I have not found that bore snakes will clean out copper deposits as well as a cleaning rod, remington 40XX bore cleaner and a patch wrapped around a bore brush...
 
Old 04-25-2011, 09:00 PM   #39
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For rifles, two words to start; Bore Guide.......

If you do a lot of shooting I cannot emphazise enough that you use a bore guide everytime you place a cleaning rod in the bore of the weapon..especially those of you that gets a copper problem after several rounds..Bore Snakes will not need a a bore guide but I have not found that bore snakes will clean out copper deposits as well as a cleaning rod, remington 40XX bore cleaner and a patch wrapped around a bore brush...

Should also go without saying ; that one should pay attention to the ammunition they are using. Not only for accuracy, but what it leaves behind in the firearm used. I have noticed alot of distinct differences with carbon and
sulfide build-up in the barrel and chamber/bolt area after firing off only 30 rounds of cheap Federal .308 through my M1A1, versus using rounds like Hornady TAP (which leaves a smaller mess to clean up ).
 
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