We have a sonic cleaner at the shop, man..you should see all the crud that come out of a gun that most would consider already clean. But that thing leaves them bone dry, they need to be thoroughly lubed pronto to avoid rust.
The Founders DID anticipate that arms technology would advance, that's why the 2nd amendment doesn't say "the right to keep and bear a musket".......
Pretty much any kit sold in stores will get the job done. But there's some good advice in these forums. I recommend checking out the stickies too, I believe we have a long running sticky devoted solely to cleaning gear and what strokes work best for different folks.
I use a standard nylon bristle brush, double ended (such as most standard gun cleaning brushes). I believe you can find these in a three pack, with the nylon, bronze phosphor, and steel. Steel is way too tough for most guns, but bronze phosphor is the same damn thing bore brushes are made of.
And I use any spray can of oil I can get my hands on.
I don't get scientific with this ****. Knock the crud out, reduce friction too reduce wear and increase reliability and longevity.
Some people like to get real particular, and talk about how the chemical formula of "A" bonds best with the alloy used in brand "B"... I say screw that.
I use a bore snake for my shotty, but regular brushes and patches for my .45. I would recommend a snake for your .22. I think it would pay off admirably.
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I think most people are probably split between CLP, or Hoppes #9 Bore Cleaner and #9 Lubricant. I usually use Hoppes lube and a bore snake after every outing. Will occassionally run a brush and patch with bore cleaner though after a lot of rounds or dirty ammo. Always run any cleaning tool from the breach to the barrel one way. Don't scrub back and forth. Repeat breach to barrel as many times as necessary.
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I have always been a hoppes guy. But I started using frog lube a few months ago and have no complaints. Had to get used to not seeing the guns wet until they warm up. Cleaning is quick and easy. I've also been running an experiment with my p229(who loves to be wet-hehe). I have only rubbed it down with frog lube for the last fees months and wiped off grime till I get clean patches. I haven't "scrubbed" it, but I can't really find any carbon that needs to be scrubbed off.
My experience and opinion(fight it all you want lol) . If you at least attempt to keep your weapon in decent condition and free of debris. It will outlast you shy of an actual weapons failure or reload failure.