Putting together my cleaning kit from Midway - missing anything?


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wooderson
February 25, 2007, 10:37 PM
I am somewhat lax in my cleaning regimen, either dropping them off with my father for cleaning (hey, he volunteered) or using whatever he has on hand. But as I shoot more and more, I ought to learn to do it well myself.

handgun calibers .38/.357, 9, .45

In my Midway cart:
Tipton carbon fiber rod
Tipton 12-piece jag set
Tipton bronze bore brushes in .45 and .38/9mm
Dewey universal slotted tip
Tipton cotton patches
Shooter's Choice lead solvent
Hoppe's copper solvent
Gunslick foaming solvent (unnecessary, but I'll give it a try)
Hoppe's powder/etc. solvent
Hoppe's gun oil
Break-Free CLP
Otis Cleaning Brush

I can replenish patches and liquids locally, but I wanted to get the majority of stuff at one time in one brand.

Anything I'm missing? Going overboard on?

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wooderson
February 25, 2007, 10:42 PM
Oops, sorry, wasn't paying attention - thought I clicked on the general handgun forum.

If it's not too much of a pain, a moderator move to the appropriate forum would be appreciated.

jlmurphy
February 25, 2007, 11:16 PM
Midway sells a gunsmithing screwdriver set that is really handy. When I clean my 1911's there always seems to be some disassembly, it's a cheap kit, and if I lose it, it isn't as painful.

mattw
February 25, 2007, 11:31 PM
I'll second the gunsmithing screwdriver set. I got one from midway for $15 for a 32 piece set.

One thing that I recommend is a patch puller, but you don't need it if you've already got jags.

Think about maybe getting a nylon bore brush and jags, your copper solvent will eat up your bronze stuff.

g5reality
February 25, 2007, 11:44 PM
Bore snake. Great tool to have. 38/357 9mm use the same one and another for the .45 Just pull it through a couple of times and it's clean. You can also dip into hopps.

Ala Dan
February 25, 2007, 11:46 PM
Lead Away* Cloth for removing that troublesome burn ring on the face of
stainless/nickel revolver cylinders. And, Tetra Gun Grease for the rails
of semi-auto's.

*DO NOT USE ON BLUED REVOLVERS~! ;)

daysleeprx
February 26, 2007, 12:02 AM
Bore snake. Great tool to have.

Until one breaks and you get it stuck in your barrel. ;)

RevolvingCylinder
February 26, 2007, 12:13 AM
I've been thinking of getting one of those pull-through set-ups like what Otis has to replace my current set-up. I have a bad habit of bending rods. Anyone use these or know about them?

ArchAngelCD
February 26, 2007, 12:42 AM
I'm not too crazy about Hoppe's Gun Oil, I think Remington Gun Oil is a much better product. I also like Brass rods better than the Carbon Fiber ones, but that's a 50/50 call, the oil isn't IMO.

mattw
February 26, 2007, 12:44 AM
I use FP10 or Breakfree CLPs instead of any type of oil.

I also use Hoppe's bore cleaner, but Butch's Bore shine is better for when you've got some tough fouling.

bogie
February 26, 2007, 01:35 AM
Butch's is the best solvent for 99% of what you'll need. Rifle or Pistol.

Tipton's rods aren't all that straight (or maybe they've fixed it). I'd look toward Pro-Shot or Dewey. Might not matter with handguns only.

Nickotym
February 26, 2007, 10:56 AM
Quote:
Bore snake. Great tool to have.
Until one breaks and you get it stuck in your barrel.

Has anyone ever actually had this happen? If so can't you just push it out with a cleaning rod?

Thanks

mattw
February 26, 2007, 11:06 AM
I've never heard of a bore snake breaking, sounds somewhat ridiculous to me. Just be sure you're not using a 12 Ga bore snake on an AR15 and you should be good to go.

Elmer Fudd
February 26, 2007, 11:26 AM
Boresnake - the best cleaning tool ever invented. I don't use my Dewey roads anymore.

mpmarty
February 26, 2007, 11:32 AM
lead solvent. It doesn't work worth ****. Tried it on my .45 acp and after several days of alternate soaking, brushing, flossing, etc. I took my lewis lead remover and did the job in about two minutes. What Butches Bore Shine won't remove the Lewis system works fine for.

bogie
February 26, 2007, 12:54 PM
The only time I would use a bore snake would be with a gun like a Garand or a lever action where I can't get a straight line into the bore.

MOST of you are leaving all kinds of crap in there. You're just making it shiny crap.

hksw
February 26, 2007, 08:06 PM
I keep the majority of my cleaning equipment in a plastic tool box (the kind that have extra compartments on the outside top of the lid) with all of my general purpose tools. I always bring this box along with me whenever I go to the range. (It also serves as a shield to keep empty cases on my side of the bench instead of flying over the the next one.)

In the tool box, I keep extra mags, bore snakes, a good set of hex wrenches (standard, metric, and Torx), small driver set, segmented cleaning rod, loading tools, one of those small binoculars, sight adjustment tools, small ballpeen and plastic/rubber hammers, clamps, brushes, oil, grease, solvent, rags, etc. Whenever I think of anything else, I just drop by a store or shop and throw it in there. Pretty handy and it keeps everything in one place.

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