It got me thinking. I learned how to clean a rifle when I was about 10 years old. I distinctly remember sitting down with old WWII navy vet Uncle Raymond who showed me how to use a cleaning kit on my little .22 Marlin bequeathed to me by my beloved and recently departed grandfather. I can remember how he showed me to hold a little clean patch in the open breach so I could look at the bore. He showed me how to clean using a little Hoppes kit and I've stuck with No. 9 pretty much ever since. Partly for nostalgic reasons as well as a certain respect for what he, my grandpa, and other old guys would have done. I've introduced CLP and other products like bore snakes and such over the years but still fundamentally use that old method taught by old Uncle Raymond thirty years ago on that kitchen table back in Lisbon Ohio. So what say you? Any fond memories? I'm kind of feeling nostalgic today but would also enjoy hearing about your own cleaning tips, tricks and discoveries you've found over the years.