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Old June 21, 2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Shotgun Cleaning

I have a Hoppes Cleaning kit I've been using for my rifles and pistols similiar to this one.

I picked up my first shotgun last week and need some help on what cleaning supplies I need for it. Should I buy a completely seperate shotgun cleaning kit, or is there a piece or two I can buy to supplement this kit and clean my shotgun effectively? Amazon links are helpful.

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Old June 21, 2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Now all ya need to get is a 12ga jag, brush and/or tornado. Can't go wrong with Hoppe's 9 solvent and a quart of Mobil 1 10w40. Get everything for around $20, and yer GTG
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Old June 21, 2012, 11:41 AM   #3
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The only thing you will need are a brush, a jag tip, and and adapter. The adapter is needed because shotgun tips use a large thread size.
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Old June 21, 2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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Thanks. I thought the size looked different.
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Old June 21, 2012, 12:12 PM   #5
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Old June 22, 2012, 08:39 AM   #6
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You might also want to pick up a Tico tool, aka "fuzzy stick" to put a nice polish inside the barrels after cleaning - they run about $15. Can also be used for a quick clean using a few strokes - works even better if your barrels are chrome lined
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Old June 22, 2012, 09:36 AM   #7
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My shotgun's owner's manual cautions against using a Tornado (steel) brush. I use fuzzy sticks with the occasional bronze brush.
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Old June 22, 2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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It's the Beretta 3901. So my understanding is to use the rods from the Hoppes kit, I'll use the bronze? brush a time or two to scrub it, then a solvent patch, then a few dry patches, then a gun oil patch.

When would I ever use a gun cleaning swab? Instead of patches?
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You're input is appreciated, this is just what I've picked up so far.
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Old June 22, 2012, 10:21 AM   #9
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LoL, I'm a cheapskate and use paper towels to clean my shotgun barrels

First run a stiff brush or tornado soaked in Hoppe's 9 to loosen the heavy grit or any lead fouling, then push your patches (or paper towels..) thru until there's no more grit left on the patch.
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Old June 22, 2012, 12:31 PM   #10
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For the vast majority of your cleaning needs, a brush won't be required. You'll still need one - but it won't get used very much. A jag with patches will get most of the duty. Shotgun barrels don't really "foul" like rifle barrels do. If after using a patch with solvent you can still see visible traces of "stuff" sticking to the barrel, then pull out the brush. I bet my barrels only get brushed once a year or so.
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Old June 22, 2012, 02:53 PM   #11
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When would I ever use a gun cleaning swab? Instead of patches?
Typically, you'll want to get the chokes good and wet with solvent after you start to get plastic wad build up and, IMHO, swabs work better than patches. The only time I use patches is a really wet one over the tip of a bronze brush.
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Old June 22, 2012, 03:21 PM   #12
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Unlike Zippy, I don't use a swab. He is right about getting enough solvent onto the walls of the barrel. I just go about it a different way. Since a shotgun barrel is a really big hole, I just use an aerosol spray. A good shot into the bore from each end and it will be thoroughly wet inside.

The end result is the same - just the road there is a little different.
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