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Old 03-19-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Cleaning tips and suggestions . . .

For the most part, my guns have come to me clean or NIB, which is

a condition I've strived (as I imagine most of us do) to maintain.

Generally, I start with a well-known brand of barrel cleaner solvent/lubricant, patch first.

I prefer to dip my brushes before I send them down the bore, but you have

to be careful, a crusty, dirt laden brush will contaminate your solvent bottle.

Then a patch or two, to see how clean the barrel is getting. If it's not clean yet

I send a swab in saturated with solvent. Then another saturated brush.

Then a few more patches, to check progress.

I'm not happy till I bore-sight a shiny, clear barrel.

Then I run a favorite oil (really don't want to digress to brand arguments here)

saturated on a double patch through one last time, watching carefully for

anything but a clean patch coming back.

But I came across a badly copper-fouled barrel which has had me busier on

it than all other guns combined.

I had hoped it will be helpful, to many of us, to see what our other members do to maintain

their firearms in good condition.

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Old 03-19-2011, 07:34 PM   #2
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Usually whatever my gun bearers do at the end of the day......

OK- just kidding!

For MOST of my firearms, the traditional Hoppes #9, bore brush, and patches until clean. I DO have some revolvers that after a LOT of soft wadcutter need a session with my Lewis De-Leader.

For heavy metal fouling, lead or copper- a soak for a day in Kroil, followed by a bore brush, and patches.

The milsurp Yugo Mauser I just picked up had a dark bore- not visibly pitted, but DARK. Repeated apps of Hoppes, brushing, and patches still produced dark patches- not green, just dark. A bore mop, generous application of Flitz metal polish, (Good LORD that thing is filthy!) followed by a bore brush with Dawn dish detergent, flushing with a half gallon of hot water, then Hoppes, brush, patches- and looking MUCH better.

If not shooting corrosive primed ammo, and accuracy is good, I try not to obsess over bore cleaning. If a rifle or shotgun is being put up for a season, it gets cleaned at least twice before heading for the back of the safe, with a light coat of oil for the bore. Eventually I will get around to building an electrolytic cleaning unit (homemade Foul-Out)
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Yeah, I'm guessing somebody must have fired dozens, if not hundreds of

rounds through this 30.06 with no bench time. It's just taking a whole lot more than it's share to get it clean.

But, if somebody else is also having difficulties with the milsurp rifles, I guess that's a start.

Bore snakes are a new(er) item to most of us. Anybody like them/ use oil or solvent with them/ know an easy way to clean
them for re-use?

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This thread contains some opinions about boresnakes.
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I uses Sweet's 7.62 to clean badly fouled barrels. It does a great job, but it's still time consuming and labor intensive. (If you can call running a rod and brush down a barrel labor.) The patches will come out blue. That's the copper coming off the barrel. When it's just normal fouling coming out, I switch to Bore Gel and let it sit for fifteen minutes or so. If necessary, I'll do that however many times as necessary. Then, I finish up with Hoppe's Elite and a lightly oiled patch.

Don't forget to give the chamber a thorough cleaning.

I can think of much worse ways to spend my time than cleaning guns.

BTW, the Sweet's is harsh stuff. Don't use it any longer than you have to.
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i recently switched from sweets to hoppes #9 benchrest copper solvent. it doesnt have that sticky feel to it and doesnt have a harsh smell. i used a bore snake clean to start with soaked in solvent run into the bore and left in for several hours after an initial few days of cleaning to get the bore of my 1903A3 clean. it was severely copper fouled when i bought it.

i tossed the snake after i got the bore clean.

i prefer cleaning rods as the can be used for more than cleaning. cant clean an AR15 chamber with a snake. or bolt lug areas. once a snake gets dirty there is no real cleaning it that ive found. i relegate em to last resort bore foul out sessions now.
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Therewolf,Here's a little electric bore cleaner that I put together for just a few $$,and it will take care of any of your copper fouling problems.
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Thank You all for the informative replies.

I just did a thread search, and couldn't find many bore cleaning threads,

so I thought this would be timely.

Anyone tried ammonia and water on a bad barrel? What mixture worked
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