clean your ar-15

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by froggy917, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. froggy917

    froggy917 New Member

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    here a good one for you. Anyone ever clean your ar-15 with water and comet, ajax? Cant wait to here the response!
     
  2. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    I've sonic cleaned mine with mean green and hot water. NEVER been cleaner!!!

    I also heat treated it with Militec, I suggest everybody do it. It really makes the action smoother, and improves reliability.
     

  3. froggy917

    froggy917 New Member

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    lol, mean green hand cleaner? never heard of doing that.
     
  4. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    The water has to be good and hot, but it will never be cleaner.
     
  5. froggy917

    froggy917 New Member

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    ill have to try that. commet works real good. wet, splash commet on, scrub with brush, dry. You wont even need to oil it after.
     
  6. hoovco

    hoovco New Member

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    I have an AR I refuse to clean, just because I want to see how nasty it will get before it gives me problems.

    My other rifles get CLP and Hoppes.
     
  7. froggy917

    froggy917 New Member

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    how many rounds you got through through ar, and what kind of ar? what kind of treatment you give it?
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    I've used Dawn and hot water.

    Comet is abrasive so I'm not sure that doing it regularly is a good idea. Simple green and similar degreasers should be used with caution on aluminum parts. According to the manufacturer it can damage aluminum and anodizing.
     
  9. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Hot water alone will get it done.
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Ya- I thought I would do the same thing with my new car to keep the engine clean. At the first oil change I dumped a half can of Comet in the crankcase. It should leave the internals of my car bright and shiny, with no buildup of carbon or gunk. I mean, if it works for the frying pan, why not? Frying pan and engine both metal, hot.

    It worked so good I think I will sprinkle some in my computer to clean up some of those viruses I keep reading about. It says on the can that it will kill 99.8% of all bacteria and viruses. I'll take care of that when I get back from the dealer- something in my car is making funny noises.









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    For those of you that flunked Sarcasm 101, the above IS tongue in check. I would not reccomend using an abrasive cleaner on ANY precision piece of machinery. It IS my opinion that a lot of guns get overcleaned and over lubed.

    On Saturday I was looking at a nice old Parker side by side- the stock as been ruined by excessive oil in the action draining down into the stock right behind the tang. Wood has sucked up oil into the end grain, and softened. Has began splitting at the tang. $1000 shotgun killed with a $1.29 can of 3-in-1 oil.
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Cleamning a gun isnt to make it so you can eat off the metal. Its to keep the build up of dirt and gunk from occuring.

    The military has had a long standing tradition of cleaning a gun until its white glove inspectable. but doing that removes the layers of imbedded lubricant a firearm needs to function properly. Over cleaning is worse than no cleaning. The working parts of a firearm only need a good wipe using clp or the equivelant to function properly.

    As C3 said how often exactly do you detail strip your car engine or take it to a mechanic for a spotless white glove clean??
     
  12. purehavoc

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    We did the same thing with one of my PSAs over this past summer it had roughly 6000-8000 rds of steel cased thru it, we quit counting after we had 5800 rds thru it , never been cleaned besides the initial cleaning when new , just oiled and ran . Never one issue with all those rounds , it was beyond nasty from all the carbon and oil build up , I really felt kind of guilty to treat her like the red headed step child , but it was one of those things you just want to do to see how far you can go before it quits and that's what we intended on doing . Well since ammo has gotten short and stupid priced , we have decided to quit and give the ol girl a douching . She looks like new again , shes had all her guts removed , cleaned and replaced , and right back in the safe with the rest of the queens ;)
    Shes a simple , low maintenance , high quality kinda girl and still one of my favorites . If I had to go to battle she would be the one I would pick up first .

    Shes had a few changes since this pic like the stock and trigger but shes still the same ol girl .

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  13. GeneralPatton

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    I used to clean my after every range visit. Then I realized it really wasn't' that dirty, just small amounts of carbon that a touch with a finger would get. I now clean it about every fourth or fifth range visit. I don't usually shoot more than 60 rounds per visit these days, it's just to cost prohibitive. I clean my Glock when I want, I really don't think you can make that gun fail. But in the range of 250 rounds is where I typically strip, clean and oil.
     
  14. cgersty

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    Hose mine out with non chlorinated brake clean, and lube it with 0w20 synthetic Mobil 1, I run a shop so these are free and readily at my disposal.
     
  15. GeneralPatton

    GeneralPatton New Member

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    ^^ x 2. My parents own a Mobil 1 branded shop, so it is nice being free.
     
  16. cgersty

    cgersty New Member

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    Yessir, especially at around 10$ a quart, but a quart will last forever!