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Home Made Cleaning Kit

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by gaowlpoop, Nov 13, 2007.

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  1. gaowlpoop

    gaowlpoop Member

    May 26, 2007
    Middle Georgia
    I was thinking about getting a gun cleaning kit for my sun for Christmas. In looking at the commercially available kits, I noticed that they all seem to have a lot of parts and pieces but most of them you will never use if you are only cleaning one or two calipers. I decided to just build one in a nice tool box.

    I would like to ask what all I should put in the kit? Obviously I need to include cleaning rods and tips, patches and some lubricants and solvents but what else? I am looking to build a nice first class kit so don’t hold back.
  2. Fumbler

    Fumbler Member

    Oct 28, 2004
    Rocky Mount, NC, USA
    Hmm...here's what I'd put in:
    -32" one piece cleaning rod either stainless steel, coated steel, or composite
    -10" one piece cleaning rod for pistols
    -a few brass bore brushes for each caliber
    -a few nylon bore brushes for each caliber
    -a brass jag for each caliber
    -a brass patch holder
    -Hoppe's Bench Rest solvent or #9
    -foaming bore cleaner or Barnes CR-10 copper remover
    -a can of Breakfree CLP
    -tetra gun grease or whatever grease if you use it
    -nylon brush (like a tooth brush)
    -bronze brush like the nylon brush
    -small flat screwdriver (helps to get crub out of nooks and crannies)
    -cotton patches
    -small AA LED Mag-lite with fiber optic adaptor so you can look into bore and tight spots

    I think that's just about everything I use.
  3. Clemson

    Clemson Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    Greenwood, SC
    I am giving my son cleaning equipment for Christmas, too. He needs absolutely the simplest rig I can put together, so....

    He is getting a 20 gauge Bore Snake, a .38 caliber Bore Snake, a 4 oz can of Breakfree CLP, and an old T-shirt. That should take care of the guns he has right now, and he can bring them home occasionally for a deeper cleaning.

  4. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Member

    May 1, 2006
    Between TN & KY
    Have you checked out the Otis kits. Lite and easy to carry. You can order parts to make up a simple kit and expand it later. More expensive but high quality products.
  5. gaowlpoop

    gaowlpoop Member

    May 26, 2007
    Middle Georgia
    Thanks for the information. I have gotten just about everything that has been suggested. I still need a tool box to put it all in but I will take care of that this week.

    Thanks again
  6. Arkie

    Arkie Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    instead of a toolbox, look for a fishing tackle box.
  7. Chindo18Z

    Chindo18Z Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Adding to Fumbler's excellent list:

    1. Shaving brushes (two). One is used for easily and rapidly applying a light coat of oil (CLP) to all metal surfaces after cleaning. It can also be used to oil up a dirty or damp firearm until you have time to clean deliberately. It's also useful for evening out an already applied overly heavy coat of oil.

    The second brush (kept dry) is used to brush away sand, dirt, dust, carbon, brass shavings, and gunpowder particles. It's especially useful for nooks and crannies, adjustable sights, scopes and other optics, trigger/frame area, and grips. You can attack what residue is left with a soft cotton rag (t-shirt), patches, and toothbrush.

    Found in shaving/toiletries section of many large drug stores, some supermarkets, or even WalMart. About $3-$5 apiece.

    2. Steel dental pick with a scraper end and curved pointy end (some come with a tool point on both ends...otherwise get two :)). Invaluable for fine work cleaning out hard carbon buildup in tight corners, curves, or angles.

    Available on-line from medical supply vendors or at flea markets, drug stores, military surplus stores, etc. A coupla bucks for 1 or two.

    3. Small needle-nosed oiler. Allows you to put just a drop of oil/lube exactly where you need it without spraying or slopping excess all over other parts. Found in the hand tools section of places like Lowes or Home Depot.

    4. Military surplus nylon rifle cleaning kit case. Available at any surplus store or on-line vendor like Brigade Quartermaster. You didn't say whether your son is an adult or juvenile. If he is old enough to drive himself to the range, he might appreciate having a handily portable soft kit...which the M16 cleaning kit case provides. Everything I need for a rifle or shotgun AND pistol can be fit into one of these.

    Good Luck...
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2007
  8. jacobhh

    jacobhh Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    A bit right of Philly
    All good, especially the T-shirt rag and I believe in a full
    length SS rod for home use and a sectioned one for the
    range bag.
  9. RedRuger

    RedRuger Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Rods (I like the carbon fibre ones)
    Bag of Patches from Walmart for general wiping NOT for bore cleaning
    Lint Free Cloths (wash rag size) for wiping before putting away
    Pipe Cleaners for cleaning and lubricating those tight spots
    Hoppes #9 and Birchwood Casey Bore Scrubber
    Break Free Powder Blast
    Gunslick Gun-seal
    MILITEC-1 lubricant (Apply to contact areas, Let set, wipe off, let dry, reassemble)
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