Best cleaning methods for Auoloaders.


July 28, 2008, 11:56 PM
Just curious on do most people just clean and oil, or clean, solvent, and oil there autoloaders when they clean them?

Just curious as I am now a Proud owner of a Hi Power and want to keep it purring. it was pleasantly easy to field strip and clean :)

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July 29, 2008, 12:07 AM
field strip, rag and q-tips. and a bore brush or bore snake. oil, clean bore, wipe off oil, give a q-tipping, lightly re-oil.

July 29, 2008, 12:07 AM
Break her down, being careful not to scratch the mirror-like finish. Next, I tenderly clean the beautiful curves, lines and corners, all the while enjoying the most beautiful firearm ever created. After a wipe-down, I use a soft cloth patch with oil and J&B non-embedding bore paste cleaner. After a thorough cleaning, I coat the entire P35 with ultra-protecting Rig Grease and a Rig rag. Then, I carry her gently to her pedestal in my vault. The vault auto-illuminates, the clouds part, and I feel warm and fuzzy inside. My wife is jealous of Jenny…Jenny Browning.

Ohio Rifleman
July 29, 2008, 01:46 AM
I like to use an old toothbrush dipped in Hoppe's #9 and scrub out the internals, wipe 'em out with patches, repeat as necessary. Use a boresnake or the appropriate rod/brush combination. When the gun is nice and clean, coat lightly with lubricating oil and pack it away till next time.

July 29, 2008, 02:11 AM
What KiltedClaymore said pretty much describes my routine using M-Pro7.


July 29, 2008, 02:20 AM
I live in a dry climate, so my guns never see oil. For autos, I use just a tiny bit of graphite grease on the rails, and by tiny, I mean teensy-weensy. Just a little dab on a q-tip, run it along both rails, done.

July 29, 2008, 05:02 AM
Same as above for my autoloaders, except I use Gunzilla with rag, Q-Tips, and barrel brush. Non-oil based, non-cancer causing, doesn't evaporate, and extends barrel life by keeping residual heat reduced during rapid fire.

July 29, 2008, 02:09 PM
Take a 30 gallon drum, cut it in half lengthwise, weld on legs, and put it outside. Fill it with 12 gallons of Stoddard Solvent.

After it rains so hard it overflows, dunk a few thousand M16's in it to clean them.

When it's good and black, with an inch of carbon settled on the bottom, clean your gun by throwing it in and leaving it until it no longer bubbles. Remove it and wipe it down with the tail of your dark tan t-shirt.

At that point, disassemble, laying the separate pieces around you in the dirt, wipe down individually, and reassemble.

Then hand it to an experienced armorer and ask if it's clean enough. If you did the job right, it will be.


July 29, 2008, 02:25 PM
...except I use Gunzilla...I like Gunzilla too. But other than online, it's kinda hard to get.


July 29, 2008, 04:09 PM
first off i use grease instead of oil to lube so, when i get back from the range, i strip the gun, wipe it down, if it was a long day at the range or if it is really dirty then i might use some solvent to scrub out the carbon if i need to, otherwise a shop towel and q tips work great. again if a big day at the range then i get out the copper or lead solvent (shooters choice) depending on what gun and what ammo i was shooting and i give it a good patch and brush cleanning, but if it was a quick day at the range and the barrel looks good then i just make a few passes with a bore snake. then I always re lube with gun grease and that is all there is to it.

July 29, 2008, 04:13 PM
The Sig maintenance guides are pretty good.

July 29, 2008, 04:42 PM
I clean with Hoppes #9 using patches and a toothbrush. Just wet it all down, then scrub 'n rub. Then I lubricate with Mobil 1. I run my guns pretty wet... after re-assembly, I rack the slide a few times and wipe off the excess oil.

Blued or parkerized guns also get a wipe-down with a patch soaked in Breakfree CLP. I'm in a relatively humid climate and I hate rust...

July 29, 2008, 04:43 PM promised pictures of that Hi Power..

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