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Putting together my cleaning kit from Midway - missing anything?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by wooderson, Feb 25, 2007.

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  1. wooderson

    wooderson member

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    I am somewhat lax in my cleaning regimen, either dropping them off with my father for cleaning (hey, he volunteered) or using whatever he has on hand. But as I shoot more and more, I ought to learn to do it well myself.

    handgun calibers .38/.357, 9, .45

    In my Midway cart:
    Tipton carbon fiber rod
    Tipton 12-piece jag set
    Tipton bronze bore brushes in .45 and .38/9mm
    Dewey universal slotted tip
    Tipton cotton patches
    Shooter's Choice lead solvent
    Hoppe's copper solvent
    Gunslick foaming solvent (unnecessary, but I'll give it a try)
    Hoppe's powder/etc. solvent
    Hoppe's gun oil
    Break-Free CLP
    Otis Cleaning Brush

    I can replenish patches and liquids locally, but I wanted to get the majority of stuff at one time in one brand.

    Anything I'm missing? Going overboard on?
     
  2. wooderson

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    Oops, sorry, wasn't paying attention - thought I clicked on the general handgun forum.

    If it's not too much of a pain, a moderator move to the appropriate forum would be appreciated.
     
  3. jlmurphy

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    Midway sells a gunsmithing screwdriver set that is really handy. When I clean my 1911's there always seems to be some disassembly, it's a cheap kit, and if I lose it, it isn't as painful.
     
  4. mattw

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    I'll second the gunsmithing screwdriver set. I got one from midway for $15 for a 32 piece set.

    One thing that I recommend is a patch puller, but you don't need it if you've already got jags.

    Think about maybe getting a nylon bore brush and jags, your copper solvent will eat up your bronze stuff.
     
  5. g5reality

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    Bore snake. Great tool to have. 38/357 9mm use the same one and another for the .45 Just pull it through a couple of times and it's clean. You can also dip into hopps.
     
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    Lead Away* Cloth for removing that troublesome burn ring on the face of
    stainless/nickel revolver cylinders. And, Tetra Gun Grease for the rails
    of semi-auto's.

    *DO NOT USE ON BLUED REVOLVERS~! ;)
     
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    Until one breaks and you get it stuck in your barrel. ;)
     
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    I've been thinking of getting one of those pull-through set-ups like what Otis has to replace my current set-up. I have a bad habit of bending rods. Anyone use these or know about them?
     
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    I'm not too crazy about Hoppe's Gun Oil, I think Remington Gun Oil is a much better product. I also like Brass rods better than the Carbon Fiber ones, but that's a 50/50 call, the oil isn't IMO.
     
  10. mattw

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    I use FP10 or Breakfree CLPs instead of any type of oil.

    I also use Hoppe's bore cleaner, but Butch's Bore shine is better for when you've got some tough fouling.
     
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    Butch's is the best solvent for 99% of what you'll need. Rifle or Pistol.

    Tipton's rods aren't all that straight (or maybe they've fixed it). I'd look toward Pro-Shot or Dewey. Might not matter with handguns only.
     
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    Has anyone ever actually had this happen? If so can't you just push it out with a cleaning rod?

    Thanks
     
  13. mattw

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    I've never heard of a bore snake breaking, sounds somewhat ridiculous to me. Just be sure you're not using a 12 Ga bore snake on an AR15 and you should be good to go.
     
  14. Elmer Fudd

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    Boresnake - the best cleaning tool ever invented. I don't use my Dewey roads anymore.
     
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    forget the Shooters Choice

    lead solvent. It doesn't work worth ****. Tried it on my .45 acp and after several days of alternate soaking, brushing, flossing, etc. I took my lewis lead remover and did the job in about two minutes. What Butches Bore Shine won't remove the Lewis system works fine for.
     
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    The only time I would use a bore snake would be with a gun like a Garand or a lever action where I can't get a straight line into the bore.

    MOST of you are leaving all kinds of crap in there. You're just making it shiny crap.
     
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    I keep the majority of my cleaning equipment in a plastic tool box (the kind that have extra compartments on the outside top of the lid) with all of my general purpose tools. I always bring this box along with me whenever I go to the range. (It also serves as a shield to keep empty cases on my side of the bench instead of flying over the the next one.)

    In the tool box, I keep extra mags, bore snakes, a good set of hex wrenches (standard, metric, and Torx), small driver set, segmented cleaning rod, loading tools, one of those small binoculars, sight adjustment tools, small ballpeen and plastic/rubber hammers, clamps, brushes, oil, grease, solvent, rags, etc. Whenever I think of anything else, I just drop by a store or shop and throw it in there. Pretty handy and it keeps everything in one place.
     
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