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Old 12-04-2011, 07:54 AM   #831
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I have a range of shotguns, all get cleaned after each use. I hate to think what my Perazzi or English guns would look like after a day or two following shooting them in the rain if I didn't take time to clean them.

All my rifles are also cleaned after use. I guess I just don't want to get into a situation where when I want to pull the trigger the gun misfunctions because I've been lazy.

I patch out using a nitro solvent followed by a bronze brush and more patches until the gun is free from all fouling. I then run through a patch with light oil or better still Birchwood Casey's Barrier on it and mop through to take away excess.

I them rub a light coat of barrier to all metal parts and lightly oil, using linseed oil and turps, the wood - if it's had rain on the wood or if not every two or three times out.

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I live in europe... Even a speeding ticket could get my -for sporting purpose only- firearms license revoked. We're allowed to have our next of kin to call the coroner, in case of problems.
Sorry to hear that....
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Not allowed??? I don’t understand, I lived in and around Chicago for 45 years and I carried when I had my family with me. You have to be alive to be in trouble...
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There is no way that anything will be compiled from this 83 page thread. It seems for every gun owner there a different way to clean them...

Over the years I have learned that you can clean and maintain guns with just about anything, using common sense of course.

I think there's definitely categories to gun cleaners...


• Non-cleaners (only cleans 'em when the freeze up)

• Hi-Tech cleaners (buys the latest and greatest, most expensive products on the market)

• Mad scientist cleaners (they have to make up concoctions to work. Ed of “Ed’s Red” being the most famous)

• Generic cleaner (uses a kit from Hoppe’s or Birchwood Casey et cetera)

• Fanatic cleaners (detail strips and cleans if they look at their guns)

• Gadget cleaners (they use sonic cleaners or other contrivances to do the work)

• I found my own way cleaners (I guess like me, a basic cleaning, with inexpensive, simple products, and the hot water thingy when they’re real dirty)


Is there more? Who knows…but they’re all right because the gun(s) is theirs to do with as they see fit.
I have to admit that I'm a cross between

"mad scientist", and "I found my own way", because I'm

trying to resolve three issues:

1)The expense of "generic" cleaners, like Hoppes, where

they act like it's your lucky day you're spending 7$ on

three ounces of cleaner.

2)The time involved in cleaning just the average relatively

clean gun barrel after a shoot.

3) How to successfully recover heavily fouled barrels I

sometimes come across in Milsurps.


So for me, Brown Vinegar, Janitor's Ammonia, Dex III, and Mobil 1

are going to be getting a lot of use, as well as experimentation

with many others.

If I ever get a successful cleaning paradigm established,

I'll be certain to post a new thread...
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Try AFT in the bore. Scrub it, leave it, repeat...see if that helps.


Go to the discount auto parts store. Buy 1 qt. of synthetic motor oil, I qt. of ATF, and a small tub of bearing grease...you're set for life.

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The last time I saw an oiler pen locally was at a barber and beauty supply store. They use them to oil their clippers and scissors, but I don't know what weight oil is in them. You could also try your local fishing supply store for a reel oiling pen.

They are also available on-line at several different sites. Search "oiler pen"
I have no idea why I didn't think of the barber shop...duhhh....thanks!
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...I read someone using transmission fluid for cleaning. Not so far out of line. Many years ago when cars ran on non-detergent oils an old timer told me a way to clean my engine that was going to be rebuilt. Drain two quarts of oil and put in two quarts of transmission fluid, run the engine for at least a half hour 'if you can'. Smokes like a diesel train, black black smoke. I ran it for 15 minutes which was the third neigbor yelling at me to shut that down. The pan had 2 inches of build up that had fallen off the inside walls of the engine. Really did a great job of inner cleaning. Just something I had forgot about. The old timer said all transmission fluid is 90% detergent and only 10% oil. Good thing to remember!!!

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Hi guys, been a while, back from Afghanistan and glad to see you all, man i have a lot of updating to do. My 2 cents are rifle after every time you shoot when time is available at the most a fast wipe down, a pistol every 300 to 500 depending on the maker, shotgun, i wipe down after every day i shoot it but a good cleaning about every 400 or so shells. 99% of the time a fast bolt or breach wipe will do the trick unless you are having a lot of problems but every few hundred rounds a good bolt clean and breach clean are in order.

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It's okay, I'll take care of them for ya! Just end them on over!
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Try AFT in the bore. Scrub it, leave it, repeat...see if that helps.


Go to the discount auto parts store. Buy 1 qt. of synthetic motor oil, I qt. of ATF, and a small tub of bearing grease...you're set for life.
AFT ..? ATF .. ? Which is it and what is it ? (sorry acronym's drive me nuts)
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ATF.... Automatic Transmission Fluid

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