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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    My Wife cannot stand the smell of Hoppes. I use WeaponShield to clean, lubricate, and protect all of my firearms. No permeating smell and cleaning gets easier after each use.
    Weapons shield good. Rem oil bad.
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    I fall into the camp of cleaning every time I fire my guns. The exception to that rule is the 22 bolt action I keep in the garage. I live in the country and it gets fired most every day. It gets cleaned when I'm already doing another gun. But I don't go farther than a field strip unless there is something wrong. I normally pull a wet brush through the bore a couple of times, set them aside for an hour or so and then start with a wet brush, wet patch, dry patches till they come clean, and then a lightly oiled patch to seal it from rust. Beyond that I wipe down the outside surfaces with a silicone cloth to remove any finger prints, sweat, or chemicals that would mark the finish over time and store them away. of the guns you mentioned the lever action will be the most difficult to clean. If you use a rod you would have to remove the bolt, or clean from the muzzle. If you are careful you can do it this way. My old relatives did it for a hundred years before I came along!just turn the rifle up side down so that any debris that is pushed out of the bore doesn't drop into the action. And watch that the rod doesn't ride on the muzzle on its way down the bore. The ammo we use now is so much cleaner that you will find that you wont need to do more than this to keep your guns looking and shooting like new . DR

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    Proper firearms maintenance isn't all that difficult. Fairly simple, if what you do is basic field-stripping, cleaning and oiling. Just follow the basics of keeping them as free of moisture (water) and fingerprints/crud as you can, cleaning them after each firing, and storing them in a place that avoids moisture/fingerprints/crud. That's it, more or less.

    As to how far you want to strip a gun during a session, well that'll depend on the gun. Generally speaking, at least with a semi-auto pistol, a basic field strip means to separate the slide from the frame, remove the recoil spring/rod assembly. A much more complete stripping could entail removal of the grips, removal of several of the other pins/screws that allow separation of the various sub-components. Whether you'll want to occasionally go that far will depend on how serious you want to get about embedded gunge in the gun.

    On Youtube, you can find plenty of decent videos on basic cleaning, lubrication. Such as: Gun Cleaning 101 @ FMGpubs.

    If you want a bit more professional type of video on maintenance, cleaning and lubrication, check out the American Gunsmithing Institute's videos, here: AGI videos. If you're lucky, you'll find a video for maintaining your specific gun, there. Here's an example of AGI's coverage of cleaning techniques and tool details: here and here.
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    Welcome to the group. If your wife doesn't like the smell of hoppes (and neither does mine) I started using charcoal lighter fluid. Seems to do a great job and doesn't smell. Someone mentioned a youtube video from hick045. Very good you should take the time to find it and watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hartlathers View Post
    Someone mentioned a youtube video from hick045. Very good you should take the time to find it and watch it.
    Gun Cleaning vids @ Hickok45's Youtube channel: click.

    Good stuff, definitely.
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