Best advice, buy the highest quality you can afford!
Good cleaning tools are an investment and should have as much pre-purchase research as did your gun selection.
I've used them all and can save you the time and $$$ with my recommendations. (Just remember this is subjective and don't get yourself confused with the Chevy vs Ford thingie.)
Here are my minimum requirements
for gun maintenance: (provided links are for visual reference, SHOP around!)
(get dedicated tools and keep them in a cleaning box marked (insert your gun here)
and don't mix them with your other gun/caliber equipment.)
- Solvent(s) Get the Hoppes #9
I like/use Hoppe's #9 Semi-Auto Bore Cleaning Solvent Hoppe's #9 Semi-Auto Bore Cleaning Solvent - MidwayUSA
- Lube(s) (can't beat the default; Rem Oil)
I blend my own. Cane's "Mobil Mystery", 90% Mobil 1 / 10% Marvel Mystery.
- Patches (get caliber-specific size patches and DON'T mix them!)
- Q-Tips (can't clean guns without them!)
- Use only properly sized tools (if you don't have that .45 bore brush, get one!)
- Clean your gun barrel in the same direction the bullet travels (on your gun, with the barrel removed, push the brush from breech to muzzle, remove the brush and pull the rod out, IOW, don't run it back-and-forth)
- Use a fresh patch on each pass (patches are cheap, barrels are expensive)
- DO NOT drag a dirty patch back through the "just cleaned" barrel
- Disassemble your gun only to the level required to access areas where fouling reaches
- Cleaning your gun requires a clean work area. The idea is to remove, not add dirt
- When it comes to lube, lighter is better (pass a lightly lubed bore mop 2-3 times instead of a oil soaked and dripping mop once)
- Lube needs to be present, not seen (visual) to work (see # 7 above)