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Old October 6, 2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Cleaning Guns

A couple of things I don't find in magazines that might help your gun cleaning tasks.

1. A non-aerosol spray bottle with your favorite cleaning solvent. I use ths to wet a patch or que-tip, spray locally on frame or slide before brushing, or anyplace else needing a little solvent.

2. A small velcro strip (hooks on one side and loops on the other. this can be used as a third hand to help many tasks. For example:

A. My Remmington 552 semiauto does not have a bolt open lock.
I use the strap, wrapped around a scope to hold it open and allow basic cleaning.

B. Same idea for a 30 M! carbine. It has a lock but releases as soon as the cleaning brush hits it. Velco strap holds it open.

3. This is not new but I think bears repeating. Many MilSurp rifles have a spring in the stock to hold endcaps in place. A small piece of wood, the width of the spring, Makes removing these pieces easy when combined with a clamp.

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Old April 9, 2013, 11:49 AM   #2
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Years ago I stopped using an ammo can and started keeping my cleaning gear in a medium sized fishing tackle box. Not a small one, but one with slide out drawers and a large top compartment. The one I use is made by a company called Plano. The box itself is lightweight, has a handle and keeps all my supplies (bore brushes, cotton swabs, assorted tools, bore cleaner, patches, etc.) well sorted and easily accessible. I especially like the compartmented, pull-out drawers which I have labeled to reflect the contents.
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Old April 9, 2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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The one I use is made by a company called Plano.
Plano? Never heard of em.
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Old April 11, 2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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Try going to www.PlanoMolding.com. I just checked and they are still in business.
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Old April 11, 2013, 11:40 AM   #5
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Try going to www.PlanoMolding.com. I just checked and they are still in business.
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Old April 12, 2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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I'll never understand the angst some shooters have over gun cleaning. For 50 years I've cleaned my guns with Hoppe's No.9 and nothing else. I use the first right-sized brush I find in that old toolbox I use for a cleaning kit. Those old brushes look like hell, but they work. For lubrication, a can of 3-in-1 oil is good for about 10 years before I have to replace it. After cleaning and lubing, I have this old T shirt that's been soaked in Hoppe's, oil, Coke, and anything else that might have spilled on it over the decades and I just give the weapon a thorough wiping down before returning it to the safe. Boy, does that safe smell good!

Anyway, everything I own is rust free, clean enough to eat off of.
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Old April 12, 2013, 11:01 PM   #7
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I've been cleaning my guns for more years than I care to say, but I will say that when I discovered JB Bore paste about 10 years ago I received an epiphany. If you haven't tried it your missing out.

I've finally got firearms cleaning figured out & how to 100% protect my firearms for storage. Not only that, I'm been doing it for enough years to know it works!

BUT just line blondes & brunettes, to each his own!

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Old April 14, 2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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Well there's a heck of a lot of new products that make cleaning easier, like better oils, solvents and cleaning rods.
Fourbits are you positive that 552 has no bolt lock? I thought you pulled the boltback and pushed the bolt handle in... or maybe pulled out on bolt handle?
Horselips, 3inone leaves a yellowing tarnish on metal and has made people that clean other peoples guns once in a while pull their hair out scrubbing that crap off the guns.... try G96....
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Old April 14, 2013, 04:28 PM   #9
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Nope , no bolt lock on a 552 Rem. . In fact the operating handle is on the opposite side from the bolt !
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Old April 14, 2013, 05:39 PM   #10
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I use eezox for everything. Just my preference synthetic and works great
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Old April 28, 2013, 07:02 AM   #11
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If its the bore I'm cleaning Good ole #9 works fine
If I am doing a tear down cleaning I use simple green and water
Takes carbon,dirt,&oil off quickly and easily.
Scrub, rinse, dry, & oil
Done
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Old April 28, 2013, 11:01 AM   #12
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It seems to me that the important thing is that the gun be thoroughy cleaned and lubricated.

How one goes about accomlpishing that is irrelavent.
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Old May 2, 2013, 01:36 PM   #13
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Oil for guns----Amsoil or Mobil 1
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