Anyone use Otis?


September 29, 2006, 09:39 PM
I'm just curious if any of you guys use Otis products to clean your rifles? If so, how do like them?

Seeing as most of my rifles are .30 caliber I'm thinking of picking up a .30-45 caliber rifle micro cleaning kit. Do any of you have specific experience with this kit? How long is the cleaning rod?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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September 29, 2006, 09:46 PM
I have been using the Otis cleaning system for about 9 months. I have a 30-30 and a 300wsm. I was sold immediately after using the system on an already cleaned rifle. I could not believe the amount of powder residue that continued to come out. Their cleaning solution did wonders. If I shoot alot, I still use CLR first (just to loosen things up)
When shooting the 300wsm at the range, I will run a patch every two shots. I have found the system to be quick and easy.:)

September 29, 2006, 09:51 PM
I really prefer cleaning with a Dewey rod, but the OTIS kits are pretty darn handy to have. I keep one in my shooting box.

They really make cleaning M1/M1A rifles a breeze.

September 29, 2006, 10:00 PM
Yes. I like it, though I also like to push a rod through a gun.

I haven't tried their solvent. I want to.

However, since I'm not an anal-retentive benchrest shooter, I don't put lots of rounds through my .30-06 huntin' rahfull, and I'm lazy, I like BoreSnakes. Most of my cleaning is done with BoreSnakes. Wonderful on .22's and my Mini-14, as well as on 12 Gauge shotguns. Not quite as effective on larger bore rifles and pistols (.30-06, .357, etc.), but still fine with a few more passes, and with help finishing up from the Otis or my trusty ancient cleaning rod I've had since I was 14.:)

September 29, 2006, 11:31 PM
I tried the .30cal rifle otis kit 3 years ago, picked up the .22 basic set to add to it, and then purchased the brass scraper/tools set....I use the otis for pistols and rifles these days....and really like the otis cleaning patches, they fit tight and take a good swipe down the bore, and you can use the same patch for 3 passes, presenting a clean side each time. the otis cleaner is pleasent smelling, and works about as well as Breakfree CLP. The tiny bottle is rather handy...and you can get I believe a 2 or 4 once size by its self.

otis also offers a military and police discount if ordered directly from them.

September 29, 2006, 11:41 PM
The Otis kit is great for cleaning M1 and M1A/M14 rifles from the breech. I have one and use it for my M1. Also, unlike a boresnake, you can use the Otis kit to force out a bore obstruction.

September 30, 2006, 12:33 AM
I just bought one...seems a bit pricey, but it works ;)
September 30, 2006, 01:13 AM
One never mentioned advantage of the Otis system is that you can run a brush from breech to muzzle without having to unthread the brush once it comes out to get the doggone rod out! This makes one directional cleaning substantially easier.

September 30, 2006, 01:25 AM
I've had an otis deluxe kit since 1998 and really like it. It won't completely replace a cleaning rod for stuck cases and bore obstructions, but it comes very close. It is compact and complete with the small bottle (1/2 oz?) of solvent and some otis patches. A big advantage to a pull-through cleaning kit is you can pull a very tight patch without concern about a rod bending and rubbing the bore. It's a high quality kit.

September 30, 2006, 04:31 AM
I have one for range and field. Like it for what it is. Sometimes you just need a rod.

September 30, 2006, 08:06 AM
My dad bought one a while back and I've used it a couple times. Overall from what I have seen of it, the Otis is a quality kit. For at least my 7mm Rem Mag it will probably never replace the Dewey, but I could certainly see getting one for myself to throw in the range bag and my hunting pack, and this allowing the Dewey to see a little less use.

Dave Markowitz
September 30, 2006, 08:32 AM
I normally keep one in my range box. I have a "Tactical" { :barf: } kit that I got from Cabela's. The two main advantages over a BoreSnake are that you can use a real bore brush and they are easier to clean.

I know that supposedly you can use an Otis kit to push an obsctruction out, but if it's wedged in there tightly forget it. The last time I used mine at the range I had a major brain fart and tried to pull two.35 caliber patches through a .223 bore. The jag got stuck in the throat and the only way to push it out was to unscrew the cable and push the jag out with a cleaning rod.

October 1, 2006, 09:11 AM
Thanks for all the replies so far guys. I'd heard good things about the Otis kits on other sites and the consensus here seems to be the same.

I'm still trying to figure out how long the 'rod' is in the .30 caliber rifle Micro Cleaning Kit. I sent an e-mail out to Otis, should I expect to recieve an answer? Any one know where I could find one if they don't reply?

October 1, 2006, 10:07 AM
I've had one for a couple months and really like it. I like it's compactness and they way everything fits in the kit. Your not going to get serious bore obstructions out with it though, so don't through out you regular rod!

October 1, 2006, 11:53 AM
It's all I've used for several years now. I have several kits and use them for every gun I own. You can slit standard patches to work and all of their components are guaranteed for life. Any of the standard solvents and lubes can be used also. If you don't want a kit, their web site sells individual parts. Good stuff . I still use a rod guide with the Otis to protect the muzzle. Sometimes a deal can be found on ebay. They, (Otis), should adopt me as much as I tout their stuff.:)

October 1, 2006, 07:17 PM
I've been using one for about a year now. I like it a lot. I like the idea of pulling the cleaning material from the breech to the muzzle. Although I'm sure lots of other companies do the same. But it is really easy on bolt and lever action rifles. If you get one you wont be sorry.

October 1, 2006, 07:24 PM
I find them a little slow to use because you can't scrub the barrell the same as you would with a rod, but I like how you can force a really tight patch that just can't be done any other way.

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