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Bore Brush Required Every Cleaning?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by AUTIGER04, Oct 7, 2003.

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  1. AUTIGER04

    AUTIGER04 member

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    I was talking to a gun buddy of mine and the subject of cleaning our guns came up.:eek: Im not one who cleans after every shooting session. But When I do clean my guns, I usually just use Hoppes #9 and cleaning patches. He was like you don't use a bore brush? Im like nope.:D Is it neccessery to use a bore brush after every outing? I have been cleaning my guns this way for years and have had no problems. Your thoughts?:uhoh:
     
  2. KMKeller

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    I don't know what others do, but I personally use a bore brush during every cleaning.
     
  3. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    You can use it or not as you like; but it isn't necessary. I have 12,000 rounds through a stock Hi-Power barrel and it only sees a bore brush about every 1,000-2,000 rounds.

    No affect on accuracy or reliability yet. The only thing I've noticed is that when I do use a bore brush, it is more work to get the barrel clean.
     
  4. 12-34hom

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    Cleaning.

    On my pistols = yes. everytime i clean one of them after a range session i use a brush on the bore.

    My varmint rifle has never and will never have a bore brush used on it. A patch ot two with JB's bore paste is the only way to go.

    12-34hom.
     
  5. sm

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    Umm I don't clean bores until I have a reason, like accuracy, or where'd the daylight go when eyeball bore. :) Chambering and extraction my main concern.
    Patches used when cleaning . Brushes, good bronze/phosper in one direction only, on the rare occasions I need one. I have of late cleaned thoroughly 2 revolvers, with at least 500 rds fired , didn't require a brush to remove fouling, or copper wash from JHP. one a .38 spl, model 10, the other a ladysmith mod 65 which had only .357 run through it.FMJ and JHP copper. no problem.
     
  6. SnWnMe

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    Yes as soon as I am done shooting.

    Exception: My rimfires. I just swab the barrels/chambers. Sometimes I wait for a few hundred rounds between cleanings even.
     
  7. Penforhire

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    I use the brushing action of Boresnakes regularly (couple of passes). Then, once in a blue moon I break out the dedicated bore brushes.
     
  8. Zach S

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    I use the boresnake too, cant remember the last time a used a brush...
     
  9. berettaman

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    I'll agree on Boresnake. Nice warm barrel and a quick "snakin" and your good to go.Barrel will look like it's never been fired.:D
     
  10. lycanthrope

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    I boresnake on occasion, but otherwise subscribe to the Shuman school of thought and only clean the chamber of my 1911. No problems.
     
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    According to my dentist, you don't need to floss all your teeth: just the ones you want to keep.
     
  12. 10-Ring

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    If you're going to clean, might as well clean it right...I use the bore brush every time ;)
     
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    I use a bore brush with every cleaning but I do it primarily out of habit as part of my cleaning routine. I doubt that they are so dirty as to really need the bore brush treatment but I can't see any harm in it either.
     
  14. Dave R

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    Depends on the pistol. I have a Hi-Power clone that gets leading buildup in the grooves right next to the lands (actually must be copper buildup, since I only shoot jacketed bullets) if I don't brush it every time. So that one gets the brush every time. My PPK clone and .22 show no signs of leading, so they get patches/bore snake most times.
     
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    I've found I only need a borebrush when I'm shooting lead. Otherwise, just patches and solvent for me.

    Chris
     
  16. MoNsTeR

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    I use a bronze brush if I shot lead (which is not often). Otherwise I use a nylon brush with a patch wrapped around it.
     
  17. swingset

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    Lesson of the thread:

    It doesn't matter what the heck you do.

    No matter what you choose, you'll be right unless you're wrong.:rolleyes:
     
  18. AUTIGER04

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    LOL! @ swingset.
     
  19. kentucky bucky

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    If bore brushes are not necessary, why do they make the darn things?



    USE THEM!!!!!!!
     
  20. ChristopherG

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    They obviously make them to sell them. Says nothing about the actual need for 'em.

    As long as my guns look clean to my eyeball, and as long as they shoot accurately, I'll do as little fussing with them as I can get away with. I brush if patches don't get it clean to my eyeball's liking (maybe once in four shootings).
     
  21. MaterDei

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    Am I the only person who actually looks forward to and enjoys cleaning his weapons? :p

    I use both a bore brush AND a bore snake. :neener:
     
  22. incursion

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    I used to clean after every session for both of my pistols, but now I only clean my carry piece after every session. My Walther only gets a cleaning every 300-500.
     
  23. Dr.Rob

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    Not a bronze brush.

    I certainly use a nylon one everytime.

    Sometimes you gotta use jags, brushes and snakes all at the same time.

    Depends on how much you shot and what it was.
     
  24. Zach S

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    Heh, I'm gonna use this line next time my better half says I need to quit smoking.
     
  25. RVSinOK

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    Great thread! I have always used a brush every time I fired the gun, but maybe I need to rethink that.......
     
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