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xcoreyyyx 06-10-2012 11:30 PM

New cleaning kit?
I have almost run out of hoppes solution and lube so I have to pick up a new cleaning kit. I hear that one piece rods are much more preferred among most people. Anyone want to recommend a good cleaning kit for rifles, shotguns, and pistols? I have looked around and there are just so many choices with all kinds of oil and lubes and solutions and all of this stuff. Just wanted to know which are recommended or preferred by some of you. Also, what is a good oil to wipe down the inside and outside of the gun before storing it for a bit along with the every 2 month oiling for storage?

mountainman13 06-10-2012 11:31 PM


JTJ 06-11-2012 12:22 AM

mountainman13 06-11-2012 12:24 AM

That's what I use. When its viable. Doesn't work too well for bp.

wrightbuiltarmory 06-11-2012 12:43 AM

I use everything from stack rods one piece rods bore snakes to the Otis kits
Its mainly preference but call all agree make sure you use a guide rod bushing

bearrwe 06-11-2012 12:52 AM

For my bench I don't use a kit. Like Mountain Man I use CLP, I have a series of one piece rods I all sizes with guides and multiple brushes and mops for every caliber I can find. In each of my tool boxes I have an old M-16 cleaning kit old school not Otis. Then a small Plano box of brushes , adapters etc. with a small bottle of CLP. I found I was not a one size fits all sort of guy.

xcoreyyyx 06-11-2012 12:55 AM

I have seen people mention these "guides". What do they do? I have always just used a pieced together rod depending how long the barrel is and only cleaning .22lrs and then the occasional cleaning of my sk where I just put more cloths down the barrel to make it seem thicker. and then a bore snake for my shotguns.

mountainman13 06-11-2012 12:58 AM

They help keep the rod centered to avoid damage to rifling and crown.

xcoreyyyx 06-11-2012 01:17 AM


Originally Posted by mountainman13 (Post 831973)
They help keep the rod centered to avoid damage to rifling and crown.

Ok thanks. I will definitely check into them then. Anyone have a preference on boresnakes or rods for shotguns? I hate the boresnake I have because I have to wrap it around my hand a few times and try frantically to pull it through. I guess I could wrap it around a screwdriver after it is through the chamber and pull it through?

bearrwe 06-11-2012 02:59 AM

I prefer to use one piece rods whenever possible. Multi section rods can come unscrewed or bend/break and possibly damage the barrel. I use multi section rod only if I'm away from my bench. Check out Brownells or other gun supply stores for a selection as brands and prices vary. As far as the snake I prefer to use a brush, then an old somewhat flattened brush with patches made from old cotton t shirts and lastly a mop with a drop of CLP.

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