school me on AR care

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by hawkguy, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i just got my first AR & i could use all all the help i can get :confused:

    tell me about the care and cleaning of an AR. i'll likely completely clean it each time i shoot it, cause that's how i roll with all my guns.

    do i need any particular tools for break down? i'll read the manual and watch some vids....i just haven't yet.

    what should i use to clean/protect the gun? the outside finish?

    would a foam bore cleaner like wipeout/breakfree be ok?

    what should i use for lube? (all suggestions welcome, but i might get a chance to shoot this weekend, so if anything acceptable could be bought at wal-mart, that would be great).

    any other thoughts?

    many thanks!
     
  2. Duck4Glocks

    Duck4Glocks New Member

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    I know a few things but like you I am new to the AR world and I've watched a few YouTube videos that will help you out greatly.
     

  3. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    I prefer to use mobil 1 synthetic to lubricate . hoppes cleaner works well , get a .22 cleaning kit , I swab mine out after a day out with hoppes and patchs til clean . I clean the lugs out with soaked hoppes and a Q tip until its clean . I clean the lower out with brake clean when it starting getting dirty and relube
     
  4. Duck4Glocks

    Duck4Glocks New Member

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    Also I forgot to add a bore snake makes things much easier.
     
  5. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Clean? Huh?

    I finally cleaned mine after a couple k rounds. You really don't need to clean an AR in any sort of crazy way. A good wipe down of the BCG and 2 passes w/ a bore snake then relube. Once in a while if you have nothing better to do brake it down a little further.

    Lube - Slip 2000, multi purpose grease from Walmart in the tube. Rem Oil sucks (burns up quickly). I've been wanting to try Frog Lube.

    Edit: Forgot about cleaning solutions. I use a foam (Blue and White can) and a spray from Gander. Surgical gloves and Q-tips too.
     
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  6. Duck4Glocks

    Duck4Glocks New Member

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    I use Hoppes no. 9 oil. Seems to do well in my handguns
     
  7. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Slip2000, I know what that is. Please clarify multi purpose grease. I'm thinking crisco, and I know that is wrong!
     
  8. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    LOL finger licking good.

    It's multi purpose automotive grease in a blue and black tube made for grease guns. After cleaning I simply dip a Q-tip in the tube then apply. It makes the charging action so smooth.
     
  9. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Gotcha. Anal as it sounds, as soon as I get all my parts together, first thing I want to do is give it a good cleaning and lube, THEN head to the range.
     
  10. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Nothing wrong w/ that. I know I have talked a lot of crap about cleaning. I haven't always cleaned a firearm before heading to the range for the first time but my newest (BCM SS410) get's cleaned after every range trip w/i a day or two.
     
  11. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Although I clean my guns regularly, being self employed sometimes I can squeeze in a range trip (stress relief!) a couple of times before I find time to clean it.
    Plus, in a SHTF situation, I absolutely refuse to have a pampered princess firearm. If it can't handle some roughness, I'm better off with my blades.
     
  12. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    The DD, 14.5" BCM, LWRC, .300 BLK, AK, VZ, and whatever else are used well. The BCM SS receives a little more love.
     
  13. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Hopefully, my BCM will have a bit of a hide to it. It'll be well cared for, but I do plan on running a negligence test. (Probably 500 or so rounds through it before I bother cleaning it, at least once.)
     
  14. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    I went through a handfull of Tula and some Wolf for the same reasons. I stopped before any rifle related problems accured but it was enough to give me a warm fuzzy. There's something to say for knowing what the thing is capable of.
     
  15. BenLuby

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    Although I despise both those types of ammunition, I am well aware, and planning, on shooting it, AFTER my initial break in period. First couple of trips are just bug checks, then I start putting it through it's paces. To me, this firearm has to be a billy goat and eat anything I have to feed it.
     
  16. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    What's the reasoning behind low round counts at the beggining? Nothing says "I Function" like a quick 500 rounds :D
     
  17. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    I plan on taking 500 rounds on the first trip. I have four PMAG's, for it, and I intend to load them all up fully. First trip it's going to toss 500 down range, just to break it in.
    I'll probably buy a box or two of the cheap stuff just to throw it down at that time as well, as long as it functions properly with the normal ammunition.
    I understand what you're saying and that is why I'm adjusting my plan. May as well see what she can do on her maiden trip, right?
     
  18. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Just keep running rounds thru it . If it fails, fix it and keep running ammo thru it
    :D . I don't abuse my rifles but I do run them hard when I'm using them. There not made to be safe queens . Well mine arent anyway :) . I bought them for one purpose. Protection, I hope I never have to use them for that purpose but the way our government is running its quite possible . I just call what I do with them practice
     
  19. FCross7

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    Do it. I got some about a week ago, and just got my rifle to the range on Tuesday. Prior to taking it to the range, I'd cleaned and lubed the BCG with it.

    I ran 200 rounds of Wolf Military Classic as fast as I could through the 3 Lancer mags that I took. The hand-guard was so hot I couldn't even hold it. I had to hold onto the AFG only.

    Took the rifle straight home to clean it. It's was still pretty warm at this point so the frog lube was still in it's liquid form. It has a consistency like butter when at room temperature. It didn't look like any of it had burned off, which is why I went away from oils and went to grease in the first place. There was no scrubbing required on any parts of the BCG. Even the boat tail of the bolt came clean with a simple wiping. I was amazed.

    After that, I cleaned and lubed the barrel, FCG and buffer and buffer spring with it. You would not believe how smooth everything is now. Prior to using Frog lube, my bolt rings would pass the BCG weight test, now they won't. The trigger pull seems to be smoother, and the charging handle is so smooth and easy to pull.

    For the initial cleaning, you are supposed to use a hair dryer to heat up the parts, wipe the Frog lube on, it'll melt, scrub with a brush if necessary, let it cool back down and harden back to butter consistency, then simply wipe off. Once this is done, go back and lube friction points with everything still cool. Then your good to go. Solder brushes work very well for applying it.

    When you fire it, all the frog lube melts and goes back to liquid form, so if you are able to clean the rifle when it's still warm, it makes cleaning a little easier.

    Frog Lube is awesome. I would encourage everyone to buy a 4 oz. tub of the paste and give it a go.

    -Fred
     
  20. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    Thank you I'll give it a try.