What cleaner, brush, & oil to use on S&W 642 Airweight?

What cleaner, brush, & oil to use on S&W 642 Airweight?

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    What cleaner, brush, & oil to use on S&W 642 Airweight?

    Took my new S&W 642 Airweight out on 8/30 and shot 100 rounds. Great gun, but now looks like it needs a cleaning badly.

    Was getting ready to clean, then looked at the copper brush and cleaner I was going to use. Was not sure this would be the right choice for titanium & aluminium. After a quick searchs on the internet, looks like it was a good thing I had this reservation.

    What cleaner and type of brush (and maybe oil) should I use to clean S&W 642 Airweight?

    I would not think the gun oil type would matter, but I just want to hear from the community.


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    I use a copper bore brush for barrel and a nylon toothbrush for everything else. Hoppes #9 in the barrel and CLP for all else.
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    You have an Aluminum and Steel revolver. Barrel and cylinder are steel, so copper brush is softer than what you are scrubbing. Hoppe's #9 is a classic smell, like Crayons, but Breakfree is cool, too.
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    Boresnake # 24002 (.380, 9mm, .38, .357)

    Hoppe's 9 - BoreSnakes
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    I use a copper bore brush for barrel and a nylon toothbrush for everything else. Hoppes #9 in the barrel and CLP for all else.
    Same here.
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    I also use Hoppe's and CLP, don't use anything that has ammonia in it.

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    I find Ballistol is the one stop shop accompanied with a bore-snake. This is ok to use with the clear finish and works much like CLP does, but prefer this because It works just as well !

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    I admit, I'm not very good at cleaning pistols. This is my first revolver, so I'm a little more lost. I try, and maintain my guns as well as I can, but I'm always worried I will damage something.

    So, assuming I don't use boresnake

    1) Use CLP with some patches down the cylinder chambers and barrel
    2) Use copper brush on barrel.
    3) Use a nylon brush on cylinder chambers
    4) Hoppe's 9 with some patches down the cylinder chambers and barrel
    5) Wipe down gun with CLP

    Does this sound right?

    In addition I have come caked on powder on the frame. Any thoughts on that. I don't want to damage the alum.

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