How do you clean your guns?

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by hq357, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    Noticed i haven't cleaned my guns in about a month I'm scared to use the brass / copper brushes that gun cleaning kits come with they are very stiff and i think over time i will ruin my barrels i usually clean my guns with my stepdad and he never uses the metal brushes we always used a bore snake with sliced up t shirt patches dabbed with some solvent and a little bit of lube or a big cotton ball looking thing and squeeze it in so tight that the bore looks like a mirror after about 3-4 passes im thinking about making my own universal gun cleaning kit for under 50$ how do you clean your guns and what do you use?
     
  2. indy36

    indy36 New Member

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    To keep my answer short...disassemble firearm, spray Balistol on patches and wipe all over gun parts cleaning them, then spray Balistol inside barrel and bore snake it. Wipe everything lightly with dedicated t-shirt. Oil handguns during reassembly and grease shotguns during reassembly and Frog Lube paste AR bolt during reassembly then one last wipe down with t-shirt to remove fingerprints and then store in gun safe.
     

  3. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Basically, what indy36 just said. Balistol is outstanding and the only cleaner/lube I use. Checkout "hickok45" on youtube to see more on Balisto.

    And, don't worry about using brass brushes on steel, steel is much harder than brass, it will not get worn down.
     
  4. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Let me get this straight. The violence of exploding powder forcing a bullet thru the bore is OK, but the bristles of a brass, copper or SS cleaning brush will ruin it? I'm curious how you connect those dots.
     
  5. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I wouldn't worry about the nylon, brass or copper bristles. With those it is the cleaning rod you have to be careful with.
    The stainless brushes can do damage over time. I don't use them.
     
  6. FernandoTheCommando

    FernandoTheCommando New Member

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    I'm not worried about copper bristles OR the rod. Like someone else said, a copper jacketed chunk of lead flies out of that barrel with WAY more force than a brush could ever generate. Yeah, the walmart Winchester kits with the copper brushes are cheap, but I highly doubt they would release a product that could damage your barrel during cleaning.
     
  7. deg

    deg Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I use the brass brushes and have never noticed any problems. I use Remington’s Shotgun Cleaner, in the spray can, and also use a jag after I get the initial cleaning cloths ran through it. I have my cotton swabs oil soaked and run them through as my final pass before reassembly. I also take an oil cloth and wipe the outside down nicely before storage.
     
  8. FernandoTheCommando

    FernandoTheCommando New Member

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    Almost my method exactly. Always worked for me. I like getting ideas from others too. I like mp7 pro gun oil. Haven't tried thier cleaner yet. I'm thinking of trying some of their foaming bore cleaner on my mosin.
     
  9. ctshooter

    ctshooter New Member

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    Not for nothin but bore snakes have brass bristles as well.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you wait a month before wanting to clean them, then are worried whether a brass bore brush is going to damage the bore? so you put away guns that are dirty?

    i was taught to clean my guns after they had been used. i use brass bore brushes and a bore solvent, followed with a jag and clean patches. i repeat until the bore is clean.

    as said, if jacketed bullet can be fired through the barrel, it's highly unlikely a brass bore brush is going to harm the bore.

    cleaning and proper gun maintenance are just something i consider to be part of being a responsible gun owner myself.
     
  11. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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    Ultrasonic cleaner for 30 minutes. Bronze bristle brush down the barrel followed by a patch or two. Rehydrate the metals with some CLP. Done!
     
  12. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The only real concern as touched on by Mountainman13 the cleaning rod on the crown. If you have a steel rod use your fingers or a couple of patches (oiled) to hold the rod off the metal at the crown for every stroke, or I use aluminum rods, or the Boresnake. After your prefered cleaner ( mine is the old Hoppes 9, ), The bronze/brass bristles are still required to remove the stubborn lead, copper, and burnt powder.
     
  13. deg

    deg Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I didn't even know steel rods were an option - I wouldn't use a steel rod myself.
     
  14. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Yes Deg. Some cleaning kits have a stainless rod. you might check the labeling on the packages, or open them up. With a little finesse you can "rub" some piece of steel down the rod and feel whether it gives (shaves) or not. I've also SEEN but do not have any BRASS RODS. I would be VEERRY comfortable with them!
     
  15. deg

    deg Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Interesting, I have aluminum ones but they are in the bottom of the drawer; I use the brass rods
     
  16. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    Exactly how does an aluminum cleaning rod damage a steel barrel? I have seen milsurp rifles that were damaged by a steel cleaning rod.
     
  17. GunsGodAndCountry

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    We also use ballistol for our guns. Its pretty amazing as a solvent, and it also leaves behind a light film of lubrication. I'd definitely include that in your cleaning kit.

    I also find myself using lots of q-tips for the really small crevices.
     
  18. therewolf

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    Free your wallet!!

    I'm sorry, you will have a hard time spending more

    than 6$ a quart for this stuff, but here goes:-----(All separately)

    Klean Strip Brush Solvent

    Automatic Transmission Fluid

    Janitor's Ammonia cut 1:3 with tap water

    Brown Vinegar.

    Mobil1


    Use the brush solvent like Hoppes. The Ammonia cuts lead and

    copper fouling.

    The brown vinegar chases soot, and also helps to dissolve rust, and

    acts as a penetrating solvent.

    Mobil1-Lubrication-

    ATF-cleans while you sleep, and is also great at the range,

    to cool and clean barrels away from home.

    Run your cleaning rod from the chamber end, whenever possible.
     
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  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i put my polymer guns in the dishwasher and use some Cascade! finish them up with some Jet Dry and some oil and they are good to go!:D

    (discalimer: not really!):p
     
  20. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    A bullet travels the same way with the rifling of the barrel, i just feel like a brass brush with possible alloys other metals mixed in it rubbing against the rifling cant be good thats just me though i own a ruger 10/22 takedown and when i push the 22 cal brush through the barrel it just doesn't sound good to me id rather just use tightly packed patches through it.