quick AND thorough AR cleaning

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by hawkguy, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    hello....i unintentionally hijacked another thread into an AR cleaning debate, so i thought i'd start my own.

    last time i started an AR care thread, i am afraid i left more confused than when i started. i got suggestions about cleaning and lube products that ranged from dish soap to hoppe's to vegetable oil :D

    i use, and really like WIPEOUT foaming cleaner for barrel cleaning.

    i am especially interested suggestions for products to soak the parts to make cleaning the bolt, etc much easier.

    i had a friend who suggested breakfree....but i don't understand the whole "it cleans & lubricates" at the same time thing.

    any suggestions for a good cleaning and lube product appreciated...i am probably more interested in "off the shelf" vs "home brews" :p

    also, please mention any products that are "wrong" or might damage function or finish.

    thanks for any input. this is a very helpful AR board, and i appreciate all your help.
     
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    well, i use breakfree CLP. mostly due to thats what i used in the military and so i just continue to use it. it does the job but i can only assume there may be better options. but for right now i'll keep using it. if you want to soak a few items, i would say the firing pin, retaining pin, and the can pin. would be soakable. i wouldnt want to soak the bolt or BC. but thats just me.
     

  3. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    thanks. i appreciate your input. basically, is CLP the only product you use to clean AND lubricate?
     
  4. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    mostly yes, ive been using hoppe's as well and dont really notice a difference. probly wont buy any more once the bottle is gone.
     
  5. Rhino24

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  6. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    What clp does is it soaks into and disolves carbon. It grts into the pores of metal and floats carbon up off the metal. It is designed to work with parkerized surfaces the best. Oiling a firearm liberally with clp over the course of days allows it to displace water carbon dirt etc preventing rust from forming under normal storage conditions.

    You can store a firearm thats been cleaned to whiteglove standard wipe clp on it come back in a few days and run the same glove it will be black with carbon pulled out of the metal displaced by the clp.

    Sonic cleaners are great for steel parts. I use clp as general carbon cleaner and hoppes for a barrel cleaning as hoppes works great at lead removal. Its also good for cleaning when corrosive ammo is used.

    I dont use gun oil for lube it evaporites or suffers thermal breakdown under moderate to light use. Frog lube slip 2000 great products but expensive. I get the same lube results from a cheap quart of 30w synthetic motor oil. Motor oil will not break down under the heat a firearm generates in its moving parts. It works and its cheap.
     
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  7. P_town

    P_town New Member

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    So Are you saying that the 30w motor oil is better to use on your gun than any other reasonably priced gun lube?
     
  8. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    I lube my guns with Mobil1 full synthetic 5-30w motor oil.
     
  9. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    Cheap, easy and it works.
     
  10. P_town

    P_town New Member

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    That's awesome I've never heard that
     
  11. gunnut07

    gunnut07 New Member

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    I used mobile 1 until I found Silver Bullet Gun Oil.
     
  12. Wildone72

    Wildone72 New Member

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    To add what parts do you lube? It seems some coat their AR and some just use a few drops. I just finished my first AR. I am unsure on how much lube. I have a Nickel Boron BCG do does that make a difference?
     
  13. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    I usually generously lube my ARs. They like wet ;). I don't think Nickel Boron BCG makes any difference. Some said they are easier to clean.
     

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  14. GaMatt72

    GaMatt72 New Member

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    Cool. I know on my other bolt action rifles and my handguns I just use a drop or 2 on the lube points. Do AR's need more?
     
  15. okdonk

    okdonk New Member

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    On mine.. Yes. So far i have no problems. As i said my ARs like them wet. Self to each own i guess.