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Q tips for gun cleaning?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Lone_Sheep_Dog, Jun 10, 2010.

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  1. Lone_Sheep_Dog

    Lone_Sheep_Dog Member

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    Does anyone use q tips for gun cleaning? I have been doing this lately and I really like to use these. I put solvent on them to clean and then I use them to oil the gun too. Seems like it saves a lot of time.
     
  2. jakeiscrazy

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    I love them! Use them same way.
     
  3. brboyer

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    I like the six inch dental q-tips with the wood shaft.
     
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    Everytime. Great for getting into tight places
     
  5. LaserSpot

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    Well of course I do.

    The wood ones are the best when they can be found. Q-tips are also useful if you want to check the crown and rifling of a gun at a flea market or gun show. Push it into the muzzle about half an inch and shine a small flashlight. The Q-tip will reflect light and let you see how much rifling is left; without it you're just looking into a black hole. Many old surplus rifles are completely smooth-bore at the muzzle from improper cleaning.

    Toothpicks are also handy for loosening crud in the corners.
     
  6. Arkansas Paul

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    All the time.
     
  7. deadin

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    Don't forget pipe cleaners.........
     
  8. NMGonzo

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    Not really any other way to detail clean.
     
  9. WNTFW

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    Qtips
    Tooth picks
    Popsicle sticks
    Bamboo Skewers
    Baby bottle brush
    Tooth brush (GI and whatever 4 out of 5 dentist approve)
    Stainless bush
    Bore hair brush
    Tile & Grout brush

    China bristle paint brushes are good for cleaning and applying oil sparingly.

    I'm a bit of a brush freak in general.
     
  10. Clifford

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    That's what they were made for right?

    I use them for all my gun cleaning needs, they work really well for cleaning my press as well. I have found Q-tip brand to be the best, the cheapie kroger, Kirkland ones don't hold up very well to solvents and oils.
     
  11. Tim the student

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    Yup. They certainly have their place, and they work great.
     
  12. dec41971

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    Great for lubing too. :p
     
  13. javabum

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    I too use them from cleaning to lubing my fire arms.
    Down fall is you go through a bunch of them.
     
  14. AWorthyOpponent

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    Omg!!!!

    How on earth did i not figure this out!! I feel sooooo dumb. My life will be soo much easier now....
     
  15. Shadow 7D

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    best are 'cotton tipped applicators'
    they are the 6" long wooden Q tip, when you are done with the cotton you can break the stick and use it as a pic.
     
  16. AWorthyOpponent

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    It's like Christmas in July...in June...
     
  17. AWorthyOpponent

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    It's like Christmas in July...in June...
     
  18. Quilbilly

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    Every time.
     
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    i ues regular q tips and have for a longtime for gun cleanning, as well i am gonna order some of the specialty q-tips form bear metal clean as well.
     
  20. Shadow 7D

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    I forgot, the wood shaft also is great for drifting out pins with out marring the finish
     
  21. Chemist

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    I'm so glad to find others that use them! I haven't told anyone about using them because I didn't want to get that 'Q-tips aren't for guns' crap from the guys.
     
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    That's got to be painful..:uhoh:;):evil:

    Actually I use brass brushes. Less likely to scratch somethin that shouldn't be scratched.
     
  23. Tallinar

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    I used them to clean the slide rails out on my 1911's (when I owned them). Great little tools.
     
  24. pockets

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    Yes....for the past 45 years.
     
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    I agree w/ some of the others.... The 6" wood handled swabs are the best...... Used them for years.....
     
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