Best Gun Cleaning Kit For the Money


November 21, 2010, 08:35 PM
What is a solid gun cleaning kit for the money these days? I'm looking for something that can clean handguns, rifles, and shotguns from .22 caliber to 12 gauge. What will give me what I need for the most "bang for my buck"?

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November 21, 2010, 08:45 PM
ide advise against buying the "universal" cleaning i really havent seen any that were quality made...

...ide really recommend buying a bore snake....youd need one for each caliber but they are definitely worth it.

November 21, 2010, 08:51 PM
I find its better to clean less than more. I like the nylon bore snakes the most for light cleaning as they dont make me worry about scratching the crown or chamber. I think I use Q-tips and break free more than anything. If I need to get stubborn metal fouling only then do I use a rod, carefully. Most kits arent worth their price. I'd get a good oil/cleaner and a box of Q-tips for the most important place to clean on a gun=the action. A nylon or bronze brush with good smooth rod and patches, but not too much of that unless you shoot a lot of dirty ammo.

November 21, 2010, 08:52 PM
Bore Snakes are good, but some people don't like them much.
Otis is pretty well respected. Tipton rod and the proper brush, jag, patch etc.
A 1 piece rod is considered better than a segmented. I have Dewy but think the Tipton is better for the money.

Then you may want a bore guide or someting to protect muzzle.

Like post #2 said the universal aren't that great.

November 21, 2010, 11:58 PM
my wife bought me a field and stream kit last christmas and it works well. been using it almost a year. it has the removable pieces that hold the rifle or shotgun up while youre cleaning it. works for what i need it for. 9mm, 45 acp, .38, 12 ga, 20 ga

November 22, 2010, 01:05 AM
I can't say I'm very impressed with most kits, they're either pricey, or incomplete. Bear in mind you're
going to wear out parts, and upgrade your needs to new calibers as you go along.

Most large sporting goods stores, (even Wal Mart) have separate bore brushes and other kit pieces cheap.
Most are interchangeable. Disposable toothbrushes and plastic picks can be found at dollar stores in the
dental section. If you can improvise a nylon bag or leather case for them at Goodwill, then you're "good"
to go, at a lot lower price than you pay for the more expensive "complete", but arguably bare bones,
kits you come across.

The Bushmaster
November 22, 2010, 10:25 AM
Go up on and look under "Shooting" and follow the listings. I have the DAC They are "universal" gun cleaning kits from .17 to 12 gauge in aluminum cases with brass rods and jags. I remember two kits. A small one and alarge one. I have the large one and love it.

Actually Midway has several fine cleaning kits at various prices.

November 22, 2010, 10:39 AM
My Walmart had a wooden box with rod and brushes that would clean .22 to 12 gauge. I added two bore snakes, a towel, tools, and a couple of cans of lube. Think I paid $29 for the whole thing. It has been going to the range with me for a couple of years. 16"L x7.5w x10h works for me.

John Wayne
November 22, 2010, 01:15 PM
Stay away from the 3-piece universal style cleaning rods. I had one break off at the threaded portion and get stuck in the barrel. That was fun to get out.

A bore guide and one-piece rod with good jag is the only way to go. Bore snakes are great for light and intermittent cleaning, and clean up the bore a lot faster than running patches through it.

November 22, 2010, 02:32 PM
I've disliked nearly every cleaning kit I've had, and as I added to my arsenal I accumulated kits (messy and a pain in the butt, none seemed to include all the parts and pieces I needed, oil and solvent leaked, and they were a pain to store). So I went looking for a universal kit and found one that had a complete set of quality jags, brushes, mops, those slotted thingies, and lots of extra stuff in a compact kit... it's called "Big Shot" in what looks like a huge shotgun shell. A great thing about it is that each piece has a place so they don't get mixed up, and it takes up a tiny bit of space on my bench (four inches or so).

It's great except for one thing... three piece cleaning rods. They are brass, much better than aluminum but still a pain... bending, coming loose, constantly screwing them together and taking them apart... I've grown to hate them. :barf: Once when cleaning a Marlin 39, I neglected to lock down the ejector. It scraped off a load of aluminum shavings all over the tiny recesses inside of the receiver :banghead: ... yes, I'm a dummy, but I hate metal cleaning rods. :cuss:

So I bought some Tipton carbon fiber one piece cleaning rods (all four in large and small pistol and rifle). :cool: They are great! Very stiff but yet they will bend and spring back, no scraping of metal on metal, no screwing together, no coming apart, and they look really cool. They're expensive, but with all the guns I have I'm constantly cleaning and they're worth every penny. Never tried a snake. They may be great in the field, but I really rather have rods and associated tools.

So if you have a lot of guns to clean, get Tipton rods, a separate set of jags, etc. And buy your choice of cleaning and lube materials, patches, cleaning brushes, cloths and stuff instead of making due with the stuff that comes in cleaning kits (you'll find no CLP in any of them). You spend big bucks on those guns, safes, reloading stuff, tools, etc, why scrimp on cleaning supplies? You'll thank me :cool:

November 22, 2010, 02:35 PM
I kept the kit that I was issued w/my M16. I've obviously had to add different bore brushes but I'm statisfied w/ it, especially for the price :D

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