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    Gun cleaning

    I need a new gun cleaning kit I have had several of the cheap ones I would like to have a good kit for my next one Amy recommendations I have pistols shot guns and rifles.


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    I've become a big fan of boresnakes. I have them for all my gauges and calibers. Just use some CPL type product. It's fast, easy, and with little mess. Use the CPL to clean actions, receivers, etc. that the boresnake doesn't hit with clean lintless rags, cotton swabs etc and a little extra gun oil or even grease (such as for shotgun breaks and screw-in chokes).
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    Boresnakes for the win...if you are willing to spend the money, I would invest in a set of solid 1 piece cleaning rods.... they are in destructible....
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    I actually do have a bore snake I just bought for a new rifle I bought. However I haven't shot the rifle so I can't attest to the bore snake lol but from what I've read they are great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurahe View Post
    Boresnakes for the win...if you are willing to spend the money, I would invest in a set of solid 1 piece cleaning rods.... they are in destructible....
    Agree that they're expensive (@ $20 each), but I shoot a lot (at least I did when I could buy ammo) and I clean my guns after every use. So the time savings is worth the cost to me.
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    Otis professional kit and bore snakes. Hands down.

    Bore snake after shooting, clean all guns at end of the week. Every week (unless not fired).

    Simple. Effective.
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    I have a bore snake for each caliber I own. Right after am done shooting I run the snake through the gun, it gets all the junk out of the barrel while the metal is still warm making it much easier to clean at later time. Have a Pro Shot cleaning kit with the traditional rods and what not, gets used when I sit down to really clean. The Otis kit looks very cool and probably end up picking one up...Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby1276 View Post
    I need a new gun cleaning kit I have had several of the cheap ones I would like to have a good kit for my next one Amy recommendations I have pistols shot guns and rifles.
    When it comes to gun cleaning I am very anal. This is due to being one of the first soldiers to use an M16 in Nam. Back then, if hey got dirty or sand in them, they jammed quite a bit so we had to clean them often and well. Same with the old surplus 1911 I carried. I have bought just about every popular cleaning kit out there. I too like bore snakes but they get dirty and have to be washed. I bought one of those little mesh bags that you put delicates into to use for my bore snakes but still my wife does not like doing a separate load just for one little bag containing bore snakes that have oil and grease imbedded into them. :)

    I also have various brass cleaning rods but lately have been using the Otis kit that has a long wire and tips that you can attach patches or brushes too. However most times I just use the plastic cleaning rod that came with one of my old Glocks and it seems to work well for all but my .22's. When I say I am anal about cleaning guns I am talking about taking 2-3 hours to clean 2 guns. For me it is soothing so I take my time with it. I have dental picks so that I can get every little bit of dirt hidden in hard to reach places. I also have switched to non toxic cleaners like M-Pro-7 as Break Free was causing blisters on my fingers. For oil I use lubricants used on medical machinery that has very high rates of speed and needs to be friction free. A year ago I switched to grease for my rails instead of oil. Since I have many carry guns I find that the grease does not evaporate over time like the oil did. It only gets dirty after I shoot and I clean every gun even if I only fire one round through it. Told you so. I use a bore light to inspect my barrel also. I buy/sell/trade a lot of guns, about 12+ a year so I keep my guns in as new condition as it increases their resale value. For revolvers I use lead away pads (nasty stuff and smells bad too) as they are the easiest way to remove the carbon or lead buildup on the front of cylinders or forcing cone.

    You really do not need to use the Lube of the Week product to get good results. I have been cleaning guns since before most of you were born and used all sorts of products. The name brand ones all work just fine. These days it seems when it comes to lubrication products the marketing machine is in over drive. I have yet to use a lube or grease that caused any problems and I competed a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sevtchevlle View Post
    I have a bore snake for each caliber I own. Right after am done shooting I run the snake through the gun, it gets all the junk out of the barrel while the metal is still warm making it much easier to clean at later time. Have a Pro Shot cleaning kit with the traditional rods and what not, gets used when I sit down to really clean. The Otis kit looks very cool and probably end up picking one up...Eric
    This is exactly what I do. Bore snake makes a case that will hold all of the caliber snakes. I take that little case in my range bag and snake all range guns after shooting. It only takes two minutes, tops. On the weekend, all fired guns get the complete breakdown cleaning. For the barrel, the snakes work again while cleaning.

    The Otis cleaning stuff is my favorite, but any good quality cleaning kit will work. Otis is just efficient and effective - IMO. The cleaning is only as good as the one doing it. I take my time. It's a relaxing effort for me. If you get the Otis, I believe you'll like it.
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    Otis kit is awesome very compact has everything i use frog lube very impressed with it great cleaner an lube no petroleum product in it so it does not hurt nice wood grips or if you spill it wont hurt tables chairs etc

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    Its good to get opinions on cleaning kits and the chemicals to use. However, we teach in class to read the owners manual. Some chemicals can have an adverse effect on some finishes.
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    Otis makes a great master kit for all calibers. A little pricey but worth it.

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    Ballistol, rod, brush, patches, jag.

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    I used to clean my guns a lot but my wife said it was making dents in her washing machine tub.
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