Cleaning Kit advice


June 15, 2005, 07:43 AM
I am a new member to this forum and also have just purchased my first firearm. A Remington 870 Express with a 28" barrel which I will be using for trap shooting and home defense. Can anyone suggest a good cleaning kit for me? I have seen many different types, some with flexible shafts and some with rods. Any pros or cons for each type? Also what should I use for cleaning / lubrication of the gun? I thought I read another thread where someone said that Rem Oil was no good. True or Not.....

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June 15, 2005, 10:13 AM
A bit of searching around here will turn up a wealth of information ;) :

June 15, 2005, 12:36 PM
Thanks Bix, Must have missed it.

That was an excellent article by Dave.

June 15, 2005, 12:36 PM
Congrats on your purchase. I think you'll be really happy with your 870. I think you made a great choice for a first firearm. Have you shot any trap yet? I've only done it a few times myself, but it's a lot of fun.

Anyway, searching and reading old stuff here will help. There are plenty of experts here who can help you out. I clean my shotgun with an old kit made by Hoppes I think. I got the kit from my father-in-law when he permanently loaned me his shotgun. It has a three piece rod, brass brush, and an attachment for patches. It works just fine. Got the bore nice, clean, and shiny. I use Breakfree CLP. Hoppes#9 is great, but my wife didn't like the smell so I switched. I'm pretty anal about gun cleaning, but I don't like to use anything to harsh. My friend has a product called M-Pro7 and that stuff was awesome. Same thing as Hoppe's Elite. I believe it's pricey, but works awesome.

Again, congrarts on your 870. It'll serve you well for a long time.


June 16, 2005, 08:00 AM
Thanks Dill,

I have only shot trap once. What a blast! (No pun intended) I had wanted to get a gun for HD anyway so I figure I might as well make a hobby out of it at the same time.

I picked up a Do-All competitor launcher the other day at Dick's Sporting Goods for $29.99 and a case of targets. Can't wait to get out there and bust some clay.

Thanks for the advice.

Happy Shooting!

June 16, 2005, 02:43 PM
I bought my first shotgun back in January, it is an 870 express also. Mine has the 26" barrel though. Since then i've put about 600 or 700 rounds through it and the action has yet to loosen up, it was pretty slick out of the box (that was a suprise from the supposed economy model). I shoot alot of trap with my friends (i talked one of them into buying a winchester 1300 defender because i wanted one but didn't have the money :neener: ).

Ammo is really cheap at Wal-Mart, they sell trap loads (#8 and #7 1/2 shot) for about 15 dollars for 100 rounds.

June 16, 2005, 04:03 PM
If I had to buy shotgun cleaning stuff again this would be my list:

-cheap Hoppe's or Outers shotgun cleaning rod
-Hoppe's Tornado brush
-3/4" rubber stopper from Lowe's. Drill a hole in the end and slip it over the cleaning rod to push patches down
-a bunch of patches or old t-shirts to cut up into patches
-0000 steel wool. You'll need it to get all the lead out if you shoot rifled slugs
-Breakfree CLP

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