Cleaning my howa

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by humboldtshooter, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. humboldtshooter

    humboldtshooter New Member

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    Neone have tips or products they use and have good reviews for? Seems like it takes forever to stop the black residue from comin out. Also, I have the hoppe's swab(I think cotton) anyone have recommendations on getting those clean? Wash machine? Sink? Something? Theyre cheap so I'll buy more.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i use the cotton bore swabs to oil the bore after cleaning. i use patches to clean the bore until clean, the oil the bore.
     

  3. humboldtshooter

    humboldtshooter New Member

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    I used the patches originally but found i can get it cleaner faster with the swabs. If not i use about 20 patches before the bore looks any better. Have you ever had to get ur bore swab clean or just buy nee ones? Or maybe you have a better technique then I do
     
  4. NotMormon

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    I finally broke down and bought a bore-snake. Two passes through the barrel and boy does it shine.
     
  5. humboldtshooter

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    You know, ive been looking at the bore snake viper on CTD.com and ive been tempted to buy it. Maybe ill just do that instead of having to purchase all kinds of swabs. I watched a youtube video of the boresnake and the vid said to clean the BS throw it into the washer. Seems easy enough to me
     
  6. willfully armed

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    a shiny bore means little in the terms of cleanliness.

    A clean patch means a clean barrel.
     
  7. The_Kid

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    I use Liquid Wrench to clean powder fouling and sweets 7.62 for copper fouling.

    I'll apply Liquid Wrench liberally on a bronze brush, then run it through 10 times adding more oil every 4 strokes. Run a dry patch through.

    Then I'll apply the copper solvent liberally on a nylon brush, run it through 5 times applying solvent to the brush each time. Run a dry patch after it sets 5 minutes.

    I'll repeat the penetrating oil procedure until the patch is clean. It usually only takes 3 or so episodes of penetrating oil total.

    Then I'll apply motor oil as a rust preventative.

    I make my own patches from t-shirts.
     
  8. humboldtshooter

    humboldtshooter New Member

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    Very true. My bore will look great until I run a patch through.
     
  9. NotMormon

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    You are absolutely correct! My rifles get really good brush and swab after about 150 rounds. Not nearly as time consuming if I've been using the snake every 30 or so. It's more of a stop/gap but it really helps with the copper.
     
  10. humboldtshooter

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    I'm actually ordering the boresnake right now, so thanks for the info guys. My next question is about my stock. My howa came with a hogue stock and the rubber seems to pick up absolutely everything. Anyone with the same problem?
     
  11. Muliemaster

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    After u clean with the bore snake, clean with a brush an patch see how well it really works, just might make u toss it, I sure did
     
  12. humboldtshooter

    humboldtshooter New Member

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    Bore snake not your favorite? I'm in the checkout at CTD.com, whats your take on it?
     
  13. Muliemaster

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    This is my thought on it an only mine. I think the bore snake is good for hunt camp when u have wind an rain ect. It will keep that crud out but for cleanin an I do mean a real good cleaning it dosent cut the grade with me. I used one after a day on the range, then after makin the passes with it, I then ran a patch through with sweets 7.62 it was filthy had to re clean old school. So with that I wouldnt use it for real cleaning but for quick run through at camp its good
     
  14. humboldtshooter

    humboldtshooter New Member

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    Well thank you for the info. It looks like I have a little soul searching to do. I just want the knowledge and tools to take care of my firearms the proper way. Thanks for the help guys
     
  15. Muliemaster

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    Dont get me wrong it has its place, but I will not clean yer guns the way a good ol brush an patch will. It is very good idea to pack one with you on huntin trips. Just incase u get some mud an crud in the barrel, sometimes u just have a slip an down goes the barrel into the crud an mud, thats where the bore snakes shines, no smelly cleaners or a big ol box to pack around just the snake. I keep mine in a ziplock bag in my pack for the oh **** times
     
  16. humboldtshooter

    humboldtshooter New Member

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    It's definitely a good idea. I went ahead and ordered the thing anyway. I'm sure it'll come in handy for those extended stays in the wilderness. I appreciate your help
     
  17. Muliemaster

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    Any time glad to help. Try it for yerself tho clean with it, then grab the brush an patches, see what u think.
     
  18. BlueTurf

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    Mant times I have had a fellow shooter tell me the bore of their rifle or handgun was clean when in fact it was far from it. You could look down the bore with a light and it would look shiny, that is until I ran a patch down it coated with a good solvent. They were quite surprised when the patch came out black and blue with debris all over it. Anyone who takes the time to carefully and patiently clean their guns knows whether a bore is really clean or not. A gun is a tool. It will perform as well as you take care of it. I have heard a lot about bore snakes but I choose not to use one. I am staying with a good one-piece rod, patch jags, bore guides, round patches, etc.
     
  19. Muliemaster

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    That was my point to the op clean with a bore snake then re clean with brush an patch, bet u dont keep the bore snake for proper cleaning
     
  20. BlueTurf

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    Exactly. I have a question about using bore snakes. Is is common practice to clean the bore snakes after each use? What happens to the fouling that comes into contact with it while cleaning guns? Is grit and fouling becoming imbedded into the bore snake material, where it will come in contact with the bore of the rifle it is used with next? I clean my tools every time I use them. This includes the rod, jags, bore guides, brushes, etc. While we are talking about cleaning, I have never seen anything remove copper fouling as well as the foaming bore cleaner called Wipe Out. This stuff works better than anything I have ever tried.
     
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