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Old 11-24-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default mini 14: cleaning the pesky spots....

OK......after years of mini ownership, i still sometimes find myself cursing a bit when cleaning the mini up good. part of this is my personal situation (i don't have a good space to work...). and part of it is the pesky little parts of the mini that i spend 70% of the cleaning time on.

i have come across a few things that help. one is wipeout bore cleaner. i use this to clean my barrel and it gets used on the gas block as well. my only complaint about this stuff is my fear that is might damage wood on some guns...so if i don't remove the stock on a gun when using it, i cover the stock.

still my two areas i hate to clean are the gas block (surprise!) and the slide. both get extremely dirty and have tiny little places that are very difficult to reach.

as off now, my best solution is wipeout, hoppes, and q-tips (i use like 50+ every time ). i think cleaning my mini 14 would take about ten minutes, if not for these places, which take me at least an additional 10-20 minutes to clean well.

anyone have any "miracle" solutions to share?

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Old 11-25-2013, 04:04 AM   #2
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Actually I thought the mini is fairly easy to keep clean. All I used is CLP and a rag for the most part. Just wrap little pieces of the rag on a straightened out paper clip and youre good to go

Just took me 2x 10 minute sessions - initially clean off most carbon and stuff on the first, then dump a bunch of CLP everywhere, and wipe everything down again next day. Its pretty close to spotless now

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When it gets real bad , break parts cleaner works great for me

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Actually I thought the mini is fairly easy to keep clean. All I used is CLP and a rag for the most part. Just wrap little pieces of the rag on a straightened out paper clip and youre good to go

Just took me 2x 10 minute sessions - initially clean off most carbon and stuff on the first, then dump a bunch of CLP everywhere, and wipe everything down again next day. Its pretty close to spotless now
no problems with the tiny spots of the gas block or slide?

overall, I agree. and I think it is still an easier clean than my AR, but those two spots slow me down a lot.
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When it gets real bad , break parts cleaner works great for me
good suggestion, thanks.
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my only complaint about this stuff is my fear that is might damage wood on some guns...so if i don't remove the stock on a gun when using it, i cover the stock.
I can tell you for a fact that Wipeout will stain the finish on a wood stock if you don't protect it.

I use WipeOut regularly, but only when I think I have copper to remove. Otherwise, it's some kind of spray bore cleaner, Crud Buster, Hoppe's, that kind of thing.

Q tips? Yes, indeed. They are a lot easier than breaking it right down, as the factory tech does. That's fine for him, he doesn't have a real job. I only do the real thorough cleaning every 3-5 sessions.
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no problems with the tiny spots of the gas block or slide?

overall, I agree. and I think it is still an easier clean than my AR, but those two spots slow me down a lot.
Id say its not nearly as annoying as the star chamber alone.
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Kott,
be careful with brake (and other) cleaners if you got a finished wood stock. Many are not safe, especially automotive. I think it is because of acetone, but not positive. Anyhow, Gun Scrubber is safe for wood and plastic. I know nothing better for the little crevices than a full blast of Gun Scrubber through a plastic straw.

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Id say its not nearly as annoying as the star chamber alone.
agreed. just quit b!tchin, eh hawkguy?
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