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Best CHEAP gun cleaning products

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by RichBMW, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. RichBMW

    RichBMW Well-Known Member

    ...and I mean items that are not specifically made for gun cleaning. My suggestion:
    Swisspers Cotton Swabs (Walmart, 500 for $1.99). These are made differently from most cotton swabs. Other swabs can leave lint behind, not a good thing. These, however, are tightly packed and never leave lint behind. So they are great for gun cleaning.
  2. withdrawn34

    withdrawn34 Member.

    those Scott blue shop towels. Man they are awesome. Much better than paper towels, although more expensive.
  3. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    I use 3-in-1 Tool Oil heavily in my cleaning routine. Costs less than half of what "gun oil" does and I've never had a single issue with it.

    Other common household items that I use: toothbrushes. The little cheap ones from the dollar store. They wear out over time, but nothing is quite as good at scrubbing the hard to get recesses of gun parts :).
  4. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Simple Green does a good job too !
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Buy new toothbrushes for gun cleaning, even cheap new ones?
    Heck no!
    Treat yourself to a good new toothbrush, and throw the old one in the cleaning box.

    As for gun cleaning solvents & oils?
    Don't cheap out on bore cleaning solvents & gun oils.
    Get the real thing.

    Seriously, how much of that stuff are you going to use in a lifetime??

    If you can't afford a bottle of Hoppes #9 every so often, you probably should find some other hobby besides guns & shooting.

  6. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    There is a whole segment of marketing that focuses on convincing people that they need to spend more money than actually necessary on "the real thing".

    Usually you're just slowly bleeding away extra money paying for a label and a slogan ;).
  7. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    I like the blue shop towels, but I haven't tried those particular cotton swabs... I'll have to pick some up. I use Hoppes #9 for almost all of my gun cleaning needs (and a few non-gun related cleaning tasks) and I like hoppes oil too.
  8. Heretic

    Heretic Well-Known Member

    Am I the one who has to bring up WD40?

    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    WD40 for cleaning solvent

    Mix 4 parts Automatic Transmission Fluid and 6 parts STP Oil treatment for gun oil

    LucasOil Red N Tacky for grease
  10. mbopp

    mbopp Well-Known Member

    I use Ed's Red for general cleaning.
  11. Fleet

    Fleet Well-Known Member

    +1 for Ed's Red. Recipe available on line, super cheap to make.
  12. MEHavey

    MEHavey Well-Known Member

    The 3-1/2 B's.....

    Brake Cleaner
    Butch's Boreshine

    Don't be penny-wise/pound-foolish beyond that point
  13. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    Bamboo skewers for picking powder fouling out of the corners of Marlin M60, Ruger Mark II, and similar semiauto receivers, and cleaning extractor cuts in .22 barrels.
  14. Dreamcast270mhz

    Dreamcast270mhz Well-Known Member

    Old USGI Bore Cleaner, more of a novelty nowadays but it can indeed be used to clean a gun, quite well too.
  15. mizzlep

    mizzlep Well-Known Member

    Hoppes #9 is so cheap, there's no reason to get anything else. I bought a quart of it (or there abouts) at Bass Pro Shops for like $9.
  16. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Well-Known Member

    The best CHEAP gun cleaner in my experience is Ed's Red. I mix it without the Acetone. It costs me $0.97 per pint! (16oz) It works great and its origins are grounded in science.

    Also, non-chlorinated aerosol Brake Cleaner. Great degreaser/cleaner.
  17. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Ed's Red. I can make a gallon for the price of a quart of Hoppes. Also another vote for brake cleaner.

    For patches, I buy discounted flannel at the fabric store by the yard and cut my own. 3 bucks worth of flannel makes a pile of patches. I also cut a 12" or so squares and liberally oil them for gun wipes. I keep my blue handguns wrapped in one in a pistol rug and keep a wipe hanging inside my safe door for general wipe downs of anything I touch.
  18. Reasoned1

    Reasoned1 Well-Known Member

    I use sections of paper towel for patches. I vary the size and how I fold them to get a tight fit and just push them through the bore.
  19. RRPC

    RRPC Member

    Mobil one works wonders for cleaning and lubes well without. Attracting a crap load of dust.
  20. burnt09

    burnt09 Member

    Paper towels. Used toothbrushes.

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