Gun Cleaning Input

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by Shooter, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    What is your criteria for cleaning your guns?

    Do you clean based on rounds fired, time since last cleaning, condition of gun, etc.

    How do you clean your guns?

    What products do you use and what methods to thorough cleaning.
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Varies, depending on the gun.

    22 Rimfire, clean when accuracy begins to drop, or fails to feed.

    CCW weapon, clean after every firing before carrying.

    Large bore pistol- about every 500 rounds, or before prolonged storage.

    Large bore rifle- about every 200 rounds, before storage

    Shotgun- before end of season storage

    EXCEPTION- Corrosive MILSURP ammo or muzzleloaders- clean after every shooting session before storing.

    Cleaning products- for corosive ammo or BP, Dawn dish detergent, hot water, Bore Butter.

    All others, Hoppes, Gunscrubber spray for actions I do not want to take apart, CLP. Kroil for severe metal fouling. Light grease for certain actions.

    Glocks- I don't clean. Just melt with hair dryer, pour into mold, make a new one. :p

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    Generally i clean noncorosive ammo guns within a week of shooting. If the get wet or bloody from hunting clean immediately.

    Corrosive ammo right away. I use hoppes #9 blackpoweder solvent for corrosives. Then dawn and hotwater then the bore butter. Clean bore with dry patches before firing.

    22lr whenever i getaround to it.

    Method for cleaning i use clp and hoppes #9. Scrub bore with patch wet with clp to get surface gunk dry patch. Then hoppes and brush then dry patch the wet dry hoppes patch till dry patchcomes clean. Then clp the bore then dry patch.

    All other parts clp and rags patches qtips etc
  4. knfxda

    knfxda New Member

    What is your criteria for cleaning your guns?

    I clean after every trip to the range, regardless of the number of rounds.

    How do you clean your guns?

    Here's what I do for handguns:

    • Run a double patch soaked in Hoppe's through the barrel a couple of times first. Let that soak in.
    • Use a brush dipped in #9 on the spring and guide.
    • Use a brush dipped in #9 on the frame and slide.
    • Return to the barrel and run a brass brush through it.
    • Start the process of running dry double patches through the barrel.
    • If it's really dirty repeat soaked patches and brass brush and then return to dry patches.
    • Use patches to clean slide an frame, by hand.
    • Use cleaning cloth to wipe down spring and guide.
    • Lightly oil (Hoppe's) the frame and rails, outside of barrel, ramp, and any metal part that shows wear.
    • Reassemble gun.
    • Work the action several times and remove any excess oil on back of slide.
    • Wipe down frame and slide with cleaning cloth.

    If I think it's going to be a while before I shoot the gun again, I'll oil the inside of the barrel.

    Shotgun gets only a couple of passes with wet patches and brass brush and/or tornado brush and then I use a bore snake to continue the cleaning and then oil the barrel at the end.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  5. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    I'm certainly no expert. I'm currently operating my Garand on the theory

    that someone installed a copper barrel on it. Weeks of cleaning and yepper,

    blue patches...

    I clean every gun after each trip to the range.

    First a Hoppes patch to clear out the mud.

    Then a dry patch to see what dirt or fouling it still has.

    Then the proper cleaner-Hoppes Bore gel, copper cleaner etc,

    rinse and repeat till clear.

    Then Hoppes #9 once, run a dry patch or two,

    and lubricate lightly with Cleansoil once clean and dry...

    Field strip and wipe down with rags and Q-tips @ every 3 months.

    Amsoil spray lube and WD40 are both OK for this.

    Obviously, with most semis, you need to lightly grease

    the slide.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    As far as when to clean... I do a thorough cleaning every single time my guns are fired immediately after I get them inside from the range. I also shoot corrosive ammo through my rifle too, so that's part of the reason.

    They get cleaned once a month or so, or when they go outside, with just a quick wipe down with a lightly oiled rag, and lightly oiled patch then a dry patch through the bore.

    Nowadays I use only Hoppes 9 for cleaning solvent, and remoil for oiling. In conjunction with an old stiff toothbrush, assorted bore brushes and jags, and q-tips.

    Not because I have anything against brake or carb cleaner, but because they arent necessary when I'm no longer shooting multiple thousands of rounds at the range.
  7. ManInBlack83

    ManInBlack83 New Member

    For the barrel I use Bore Tech Eliminator, one piece carbon fiber rods and nylon brushes:

    - Run five wet patches through in ONE DIRECTION ONLY.
    - Run nylon brush through 20 times, saturating brush every five passes.
    - Repeat step one and let sit for 30 minutes.
    - Run dry patches through until they come out clean.

    Repeat process until barrel is clean to your satisfaction.

    For slides, bolts, frames, receivers etc. I use Kano Kroil, Q tips, paper towels and a toothbrush to scrub out carbon/debris. Wipe dry with paper towels before reassembly.

    For lubrication of moving parts with metal-metal contact points I lightly lube with USGI rifle grease that is applied with a plastic syringe (slide and frame rails, bolts on semi auto rifles etc.)

    Reassemble and wipe down with silicone impregnated rag before storing.

    I do this after every range trip.
  8. SwampRatt

    SwampRatt New Member

    I clean everything after every session at the range.

    The SS pieces I might procrastinate till the next day.
    On my rifles or handguns with bores not SS I clean right after I get home.
    It's pain sometimes but...
  9. mark1945

    mark1945 New Member

    gun cleaning

    Im retired military so all my guns are cleaned after firing.And a few times each year just to be sure.Its hard to break old habits a clean and properly lubed gun just works better and lasts longer.Several of mine Ive had for 45-50 years and never have a problem with them not functioning properly every time I pull the trigger.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  10. mark1945

    mark1945 New Member

    gun cleaning

    Im retired military so all my guns are cleaned after firing.And a few times each year just to be sure.Its hard to break old habits a clean and properly lubed gun just works better and lasts longer.Several of mine Ive had for 45-50 years and never have a problem with them not functioning properly every time I pull the trigger. I use Hoppes 9 on all of them and Breakaway to lube them after cleaning .
  11. EagleSix

    EagleSix New Member

    On my bolt gun.....In the field, I use a bore snake every few rounds, or so. After about 20 rounds the normal solvent, brass brush, wet then dry patch. I use a homemade Electro-Cleaner on the barrel about every 80-100 rounds.
  12. germanpistolman

    germanpistolman New Member

    Gun Show Wax

    Once having given the gun a final clean and before putting it to rest we always use the smallest amount of our Gun Show Wax which is a white spirit wax based and dries to a clear finish with no cracking. The wax creates a long lasting shield between the metal and salts of your pause and fingers and is ideal for using at Gun Shows when firearms are on display or being handled
    by prospective customers or admirers.

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    CMR Classic Firearms :: Pistol (Firearms) Preservation Wax. Ref. #H4

    I hope this helps & answers some questions about firearms preservation.
  13. Jay

    Jay New Member

    Well, this is the very first time I've been invited to provide input.

    I'm anal about cleaning. It's the result of Marine Corps training.

    I clean, or at least "wipe down" my guns on a regular basis. My carry gun is wiped down, a damp, then dry patch run through the bore, then function-checked several times a week.

    If I pull the trigger on a live round, that gun gets cleaned within 24 hours. Rimfires get a lightweight oil-dampened patch thru the bore, the action inspected, and cleaned/oiled if needed. My rimfire ammo has a "lube" on it, that allows for more time between cleanings. I periodically remove rifle stocks and apply a light coat of oil to the metal underneath the wood. On barrels that I can remove I'll use a nylon brush w/solvent, then dry patches, then a lightly oiled patch, on a cleaning rod, from the breech end. On barrels I dont' remove, I use only pull-thru cleaning devices, from the breech end.

    Cleaning solvents are highly subjective, but I always have Hoppes #9, Corrosion X, and Gunzilla on hand. Actions are cleaned in a commercial ultra-sonic cleaner, then lightly oiled, or disassembled, then cleaned. I've insulted more than one person by letting them handle a forearm, then wiping it down before I put it back in the safe. I'm quite certain it will happen again. I have a goldenrod in my safe, and an extra on hand, just in case.

    I don't think I've left anything out, but I'm old. Thanks again for the invite.
  14. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member Supporter

    My rimfire rifles are detail cleaned every year or two.

    Centerfire rifles that are fired often are cleaned about once per month unless corrosive ammo is used. i use Hoppe's Bench Rest to clean the bores of my rifles. Some guns don't group well when all the copper fouling is removed from the bore. The lead free copper bullets leave a lot of copper fouling in the bore and accuracy can go away fast.

    If corrosive ammo is used the bore is cleaned immediately after use using US Army WWII bore cleaner.

    My muzzleloaders are cleaned using Windex Multi Task. It was formerly called Windex with vinegar. It eats up fouling very fast. After cleaning the bore, breechplug and action the gun gets a light coat of Militec 1 on the exposed surfaces.

    If any gun get rained on while shooting or hunting it is detailed cleaned and lubed ASAP.

    The bores of my guns get a light coat of Rem Oil. If the gun is put away for a prolonged period the bore gets swabbed using a patch saturated with Militec 1.
  15. BunnyWabbit

    BunnyWabbit New Member

    I clean every gun thoroughly after I shoot. Even if it's only a few rounds. Use everything from Bore Butter to gun oil. If I am at the range, depending on how much I shoot, usually every three magazines I'll run a bore snake through the barrel. More than 200 rounds I'll run some bore butter and patches through it.
  16. dglockster

    dglockster New Member

    I also clean after every trip to the range, regardless of the number of rounds.
    Hoppe's 9/CLP and a boresnake. Periodically a rod and brass brush

    In addition, all of my guns have been previously treated with the following products by Sentry Solutions:
    Tuf Cloth for wipe down
    Hi-Slip Grease for rails and other moving parts
    Smooth Kote for the bore
    Tuf Glide for general lube
    Sentry Solutions: Firearms Applications - Gun Cleaning, Gun Care
  17. kevin77355

    kevin77355 New Member

    I clean all my guns after firing, regardless.
    1. Completely disassemble to the basic components.
    2. Blast out with brake clean (don’t get it on plastic or wood so remove before hand)
    3. Scrub out with brake clean on brush and ram rod with brass brush
    4. Blast one last time to clean particles
    5. Let dry, because it will condensate
    6. Oil hunting guns with Remington oil.
    7. Oil tactical guns with Remington oil but, grease internals bolt slides with high temp bearing grease (it does not burn up during high rate of fire like oil will)
    8. Reassemble, and function check
    9. Wipe down for any excess oil one last time.

    I do this because it thoroughly cleans them, keeps me 100% fresh on assembly and disassembly for troubleshooting and provides quality time with friends as we clean our firearms.
  18. hkusp9f

    hkusp9f New Member

    gun cleaning

    I clean all my firearms after firing....since I spend the majority of my time overseas....when I'm home and go shooting,I clean them after I get back from the range....before they go back in the safe....I use gun blast,clp...rem oil...dependent on type of weapon....all get a good wipe down before long term storage..there's a blueish gel product from Soorts Care Products, Inc. - Your go-to brand for firearm maintainence that seems to work very well...I just squirt some in the bore and use a bore brush to scrub it a bit....let it set for a few minutes...then swab it out and use some clp on a patch to swab the bore again to put a lite coat of lube in the bore for storage....of course most of my long guns have chrome lined bores...and the ones that don't are either stainless steel or are polygonal rifled with a tenifer finish.
  19. mikecu

    mikecu New Member

    I clean mine after every trip to the range.
  20. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

    The Henry gets cleaned every time I shoot it. I just run a boresnake through it four or five times then a couple of dry patches. The action gets sprayed with Hoppes and then it gets a Q-Tip clean out.

    All the other centerfires get boresnaked, and if I've shot them for quite a few rounds, I'll use a brass rod with brushes then patches.

    The pistols get the same treatment. The shotgun gets a couple of passes with a mop, then it's done.

    Each weapon will receive a final pass with a Remoil soaked patch and the outsides will be rubbed down with a graphite infused cloth, then put away until next time.