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Old 10-06-2011, 07:49 PM   #631
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What is your criteria for cleaning your guns?

Do you clean based on rounds fired, time since last cleaning, condition of gun, etc.

How do you clean your guns?

What products do you use and what methods to thorough cleaning.
I clean my firearms after shooting. I use EEZOX for the Seecamp and Rem oil for the Remington shotgun.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:14 PM   #632
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I clean my all my weapons/firearms after every use. If I only shoot one round, I clean it. It's just the way I was raised. The Army reinforced that. I also clean them if they get in the dirt or dirty water.

I use a basic bore brush, lint free pads, solvent, and oil. I do not even know who made my cleaning equip as it has been with me for 30 years. The solvent is Hoppes. Pads are usually pieces of worn out underwear other soft lint free rags.

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Old 10-06-2011, 09:13 PM   #633
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The Army reinforced that. I also clean them if they get in the dirt or dirty water.
Right way! Clean gun = sure weapon!
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As I live in Florida, I clean the action of every weapon I fire as soon as I get home.

Barrel cleaning is dependant on conditions...usually leave the rimfires alone until precision drops off, or at least every 6 months.

Centerfires get field-stripped & cleaning after every range visit.

Hoppe's, Gun Blast, RemOil...I use whatever I stocked up on when it was on sale...
I ain't picky, and it all works just fine to clean guns with.

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i mix eds red by the gallon use it on everything except the kitchen sink. joe gifford

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I clean my weapons after each firing. ALWAYS..! In the field, after each day used, before night rack, or in between uses, maybe during a break or chow. In the civilian world, after each use or once a month, which ever comes first. Lightly oiled barrel, and light lube included. In the real world I really take my time, disassembling each and every piece possible (even on the little Ruger Mark II) using #9. In the field, I hit it very efficiently, and completely, using Break Free.
Sorry this was so late everyone...

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i mix eds red by the gallon use it on everything except the kitchen sink. joe gifford
Can I get the recipe for this stuff... EVERYONE loves it and I haven't had the time to try mixing it yet..!
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I clean every type of firearm after I have shot it. The military taught me well.

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This thread is funny for me because for the first time ever I decided to clean my target/range gun every other trip to the range. I decided to do this after running into a bunch of folks that don't clean their guns every time. No I don't think it's a good idea it's more like an experiment for me, you see these other folks have not had any problems with those guns that don't get cleaned every time. My CCW and others stay well cleaned and oiled. I've been using Break Free for about ten yrs. now.

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I know I am in the minority on this issue. Most people I talk to are dismissive, while some people look at me like I'm going to hell over the matter.

The following does *NOT* apply to precision or show quality firearms.

On my AR15, I like to use brake cleaner on my bolt carrier group and chamber. Brake cleaner is harsh, so you'll want to follow up with a gun oil shortly.

Having gone through many white-glove weapons cleaning inspections, I wondered just how necessary it was to make a firearm THAT clean.

The truth is, it's not... and I don't. The black powder of old left a very thick, corrosive, hygroscopic (absorbs moisture) residue, and regular and thorough cleaning was necessary. Such is not the case with modern smokeless powders, albiet some mil-surp Russian ammo.

So, all that said, I clean my firearms by first removing any excess carbon fouling. I normally apply Hoppe's #9 liberally (he said "liberally") to areas exposed to carbon fouling, then let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes. I gently brush and patch and wipe as necessary, then dry everything off. I'll apply some light gun oil as a lubricant and rust inhibitor.

If you get a little black stuff on your finger when you stick it in the chamber, that's OK... the gun does not have to be GI clean!

Now, the funny thing is, I typed all of this last night, and forgot to hit "Submit Reply" so when I came home from work today, it's still sitting here...

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