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Gun Cleaning Thread - What do you use?

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Janster, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Apr 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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    Just thought I'd post up and find out what everyone is using in terms of gun cleaning solutions, etc.

    My husband and I clean our guns everytime we get out shooting - which might be twice a month. We have a bombardment of cleaning supplies and solutions.

    For the most part - the difficulties come when dealing with the barrels. My bodyguard is easy to clean since it only gets 50 rounds (factory ammo) thru it. Everything else - might see 100-200 rounds each (reloads). My husband uses plated bullets, so I can't imagine there's any lead buildup.

    I'll spend 30 minutes cleaning one gun (like the M&P 9C) and 20 of those minutes are working on the barrel and its still has slight carbon left.

    Here's a few of the solvents we use already:
    Hoppes #9, Hoppes Semi Auto, Break Free CLP, KG1 Carbon Remover, M-Pro 7

    Is there something you can literally SOAK the barrels in over a period of time that'll discolve or atleast loosen the carbon buildup?
     
  2. Apr 7, 2011 at 12:04 PM
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    I like Gunslick bore scrubber. I also use the gunslick action cleaner which has a lube built in, works great for triggers systems.
    I have used sweets when shooting lots of surplous 5.56 ammo because it works so good on copper fouling.
     
  3. Apr 7, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    I pretty much use Hoppes #9 exclusively
     
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    Everything Hoppes. No issues yet.
     
  5. Apr 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    I use Breakfree CLP. I heard that it was formulated for the military, but I don't know if that is true or not. I have been using it on all of my guns for the past 11 years without any problem.
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    CLP and Hoppes.
     
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    x2. i use the same stuff
     
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    i just the Remington Oil Wipes, you can buy it at WalMart. you can use it for the interior and exterior
     
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    for my shotgun just 2-in-1 oil. does the trick fine. for nice riffles, hoppes.
     
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    KG. They coat my guns, and I use their cleaners.

    I also grew up with the owners kids, so I gotta represent :D
     
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    i spray some CLP down the barrel then i use Dupont Dry Film Spray with Teflon for lube...


    also use it on my motorcycle chains....
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    Hoppes #9, Break Free CLP
    I will leave the break free in the barrel overnight. Works well for me. Mostly reloads from gun shows. My own re loads are with Tite Group which seems to burn very clean.
     
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    Hoppe's and a .45 bore snake fallowed by a nice oil rubdown.
     
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    It depends on the type of dirt/fouling.

    If it's just carbon dirt and lead down the pipe then good-ol' Hoppes #9.

    Hoppes #9 will not clean copper fouling from jacketed bullets. You need a copper cleaner. My favorite is Sweets 7.62 but it's strong stuff so it gets used occasionally. Use a nylon brush because it will start to eat a brass (has copper in it) brush.

    For all three (carbon, lead, copper) at once and if not very dirty I use Butch's Bore Shine.

    If you are cleaning a rifle or carbine PLEASE USE A BORE GUIDE before shoving a cleaning rod down it. Buck up and spend $7 on one. You will ruin the barrel throat and your accuracy goes down the tube.

    I do a few patches of solvent then the brush and then use my secret cleaning solvent. It's birchwood-casey's gun scrubber. This is like brake cleaner for guns. Blast a little down barrel and watch the crud pour out. You just need a few more dry patches to clean the rest out.

    Use a synthetic gun old on a patch. Rem oil is excellent.

    I love CLR for my AR15. It and compressed are does a great job on the lower section.

    I keep a bore snake with each rifle I own for field cleaning. I feel they don't scrub away the fouling as well as a barrel brush but they do an excellent cleaning up the solvent. It's like running 200 patches through the barrel.

    Good read for cleaners: http://www.frfrogspad.com/cleaners.htm

    Hope this helps.
     
  19. Apr 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    I like Hoppes but might try that Break Free stuff mentioned above. I need to make a trip to turners to buy some stuff anyway. :)
     
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    I use hoppes but will start using a product called ballistol with it too. I was watching a video on youtube and this guy said after he cleaned his bore and thought it was clean, it really wasn't because he ran some more patches with this ballistol stuff and his patches were black again.
     
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