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Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by rccalzadilla, Aug 28, 2011.
Cleaning you AR15.
I like carbon blaster...i think thats what it is called. But a cheap outers kit from walmart does a fine job too.
I do not like the kits that are available on the market as a package.
Most have cheap aluminum rods that in time break. Also some do not have standard rod threads or tip threads. So you might have to buy another kit just to get the section or whatever you need. I would suggest going to the Sinclair International, Brownells, Midway USA and Dewey for example to see the good products. I prefer a cleaning rod with the ball bearing handle and with the coated rod. They can be used obviously to clean and will not damage the barrel along with I also use them to tell what barrel twist is in the rifle if it is not marked. I believe I have addressed that procedure in a previous post. I also use a Parker Hale type pointed Jag and not the normal slotted tip. I think it does a better job of cleaning. The companies above have all sorts of neat AR and Rifle Cleaning products including an insert with a rubber O ring that is inserted into the chamber to prevent dirt and debris while you are cleaning from getting back into the Barrel Extension and in the Locking Lug area. As far as Bore Brushes use Brass or the New Blue Nylon Brushes that are available. Never use a Tooth Brush since the adhesive that holds the Bristles in are attacked and loosened by solvents and may drop in places they should not be causing problems. Use an AR-15/M16 Cleaning Brush. You can get them from the above or at a gun show for about a $ Buck! Never Clean the Carrier Key with a Q-Tip. If you are going to clean in use Pipe Cleaners. The example being if part of a Q-tip comes off in the Carrier Key and once the rifle is shot it turns Black and you may not know what is causing the problem because it then is very hard to see since it is burned and Black. I use Hoppes #9 Solvent, Shooters Choice and Break and Parts Cleaner. *Cheaper than Gun Scrubber! And lube with G-96 or the Mobile#1 Synthetic Oil Formula we have addressed a few times here on the FTF. 1 Qt of Mobil One Synthetic 15W-50 and 1/2 Qt. of Mobile #1 Synthetic Trans Fluid. Mix and you have 1 1/2 Quarts of excellent AR Rifle Lube or for other applications.
Awesome...learn something new everyday....
Get yourself a boresnake and some type of cleaner made for firearms.
I use a standard aluminum rod cleaning kit. They are great for doing the bore. They will last a long time if you're careful about grabbing the rod closer to where it goes into the rifle. I think aluminum is quite nice to the barrel as far as softness. Just have to baby it a little. That and they're inexpensive.
I use a USGI M16 cleaning kit for a chamber brush though, they fit quite tight in the chamber and the threads don't match my first handle piece of the aluminum kit.
Just about any gun solvent will do fine. Hoppe's is great. Personally I use my own brew of Ed's Red. (1 part of each: Synthetic ATF, Kerosene, Mineral spirits, Acetone) Then finish up with a few drops of Mobil 1 on the high wear areas and pivot points.
How do they work? How do you get it into the barrel?
Do you also buy the Bore Mop, Bore Brush.
I like the idea of something more controllable, like the Dewey Rod. The Parker Hale pointed Jag looks like it will clean a lot better.
Is 8/36" the standard thread?
What do you guys think of this kit?:
Otis Tactical Gun Cleaning System - MidwayUSA
It has a weighted brass tip you drop into the barrel from the chamber side. You grab onto the end as it protrudes from the muzzle and pull. It has a built in brush but the majority of it is a cloth rope that mops up what the brush breaks free. One or two pulls and you're done.
its the locking lugs and area right behind em that give me fits with the ar15. but not as bad as cleaning the lug area of a mosin 91/30
On my list to buy ASAP is THIS. I bought a chamber brush for my AR, but then realized that all of my rod handles were turney (I made up that word...I can't think of what to call a rod handle that isn't solid on the end).
Also a Hoppe's BoreSnake!
The Dewey Rods which I prefer have the following thread sizes.
17 Cal. 5/40 Female Thread
22 Cal. to 26 Cal. 8/36 Male Thread
27 and Larger 12/28 Male Thread
Check our their website for tips, brushes and other items. Mine have lasted for years and do not harm the bore of the rifles. They are nylon coated rods.
I would get a bore snake. I just ordered one off eBay for $9 free shipping, it will for for my 22 and the AR I am building.
Also get a tooth brush and a bottle of REM oil (Walmart for $8) and you shouldn't need much else.
I use Viper boresnake. It can clean the barrel really good with 2-3 pull through. Put some oil on the end of it on the last pull to lube up the inside. Though boresnake doesn't really clean the chamber so I've been looking for a chamber brush but no one seen to carry it around here so I'm also looking for a good cleaning kit as well. I'm going to Militec treat my ar and I would suggest the same to you as well. It will make cleaning a lot less tedious once your ar is treated and you won't have to lube it so often.
+ 1 on the Dewey Rods 03.
.22 - .26 Caliber Nylon Coated Rods. ... J. Dewey Mfg. Gun Care Products
Pointed Jags ... J. Dewey Mfg. Gun Care Products
Patches, Brushes and Mops ... J. Dewey Mfg. Gun Care Products
M 16/ AR 15 and AR10 Lug recess Tools ... J. Dewey Mfg. Gun Care Products
Yep, it looks like J. Dewey products are tops.
They are the very next thing on my shopping list, just after I give my credit card a little rest. Kind of overheated right now.
Thanks for all the comments.
Expensive, but really convenient. I got one, and it is significantly easier than the GI issue to use. One caviat; you have to get adapters to use the replacement bore brushes, as Otis doesn't sell replacement brushes, and their threads don't match up.