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I have bottles of cleaner and oil, cotton patches, a brush, and a bore brush for each caliber I own. I also have a silicone cloth from hoppes I use to wipe down the outside of my slide when I'm done. I guess you can call me basic when it comes to cleaning stuff.
I'm currently giving Froglube a try, so my solvent & lube are on hold. I like it so far.
Lots of forum members are also using Gunzilla and they all seem very pleased with the product.
For the BugOutBag or for the camping pack I would never again pack Hoppes Solvent because even if you are being super careful it tends to permeate and stink up everything in a closed zippered up pack.
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Great ideas, always looking for new solvents/ lubricants! Appreciate the tips
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I'm old school, I guess. If all I had was a big bottle of Hoppe's, a cleaning rod and some patches, I'd be fine. As it is, I have that and I also have a couple of bottles of Hoppe's gun oil, a bottle of gun grease, 9mm and .45 bore brushes, a handfull of Q-tips and a tube of metal polish. All of this goes in an old tackle box. I also have a towel for a cleaning mat, a "dirty" rag, a "clean" rag, and a silicone cloth for final wipe down.
Since all of this has worked fine for a couple of generations in my family, I see no reason to spend money on all of the fancy new stuff. Hoppe's has kept my guns cleaned and lubed for a loooong time.
A Boresnake for each caliber, oil, hoppes no 9, q tips, Steel dental picks, rags, a bore light, small screw driver and punch set, ...... minimalist kit is a boresnake and oil.
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I have a variety of cleaning rods, brushes, picks, oils and other solvents from the many different cleaning kits that I have purchased over the past 50 or 60 years. I have wooden rifle/shotgun cleaning rods from the 1890's, a 1960 bottle of Hoppe's #9 Nitro Powder Solvent, and a can of 3 in 1 oil from the 1950's. I do also use a SharperTek ultrasonic cleaner on ocassion to clean small parts. Cleaning guns is not a chore it is a stress reliever for me and a time to close out the surrounding world and have a cold one.
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Thread is a few days old but all I really rely on is Weaponshield, a boresnake, an old toothbrush, and a silicone cloth.
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I like to keep it simple by using the same tools for all of my guns. Hoppes oil and Hoppes solvent always do the trick. I bought one .22 rifle rod that can be broken down into a smaller shaft for my pistols. I have patches for each caliber. I run patches soaked in solvent through the barrel after every shoot followed by a patch lightly coated in oil. I also have a bore snake for every caliber but I like to use them sparingly, usually around the 400-500 round mark.
I have the same otis kit handy a small, but I use frog lube an cleaner smells minty an is bio an wont hurt nice wood grips or your table great stuff
A buddy said that his is a bore snake, some q-tips, a plastic handle brass brush, and a Super QGC.
I am torn if that will be enough or not. I also have patches and hoppies no 9 and the hoppies oil instead.