View Full Version : Best cleaning kit

January 15, 2010, 07:04 PM
Any suggestions for a good value on a universal cleaning kit in the $25 - 30 price range?

I'm using bits and pieces from 2 old kits. The rods are different thread sizes, one rod is aluminum, and it seems modern brushes, mops etc. have different thread sizes than these old rods. I need to update. Any info. appreciated.

Josh P

Dr. Strangelove
January 15, 2010, 07:48 PM
I'd spend the money on a good one piece cleaning rod and some appropriately sized jags and brushes.

I received a Tipton™ carbon fiber cleaning rod as a gift and haven't used a jointed rod since. Also started using jags as opposed to the slotted tips, the difference is amazing.

January 15, 2010, 08:00 PM
Thanks Dr. That sounds like excellent info. I'm glad I asked.

Could you elaborate a little on how you use the jags? And do you use the round barrel insert to keep the rod centered?

Anyone who cares to provide info on favorite solvents, cleaners, cleaning methods is welcome. I'm going to try to come up with the best, quickest, most efficient system for keeping the guns clean.


January 15, 2010, 08:51 PM
I agree - forget the cheapo cleaning kits and buy a Tipton rod and a set of jags. Don't forget a boreguide for each rifle.

January 16, 2010, 02:39 PM
Yea dont skimp or your just blowing your money.
My cousin bought a cheap rifle cleaning kit for dirt cheap and it was
a like 3 piece set to break it down to carry in the field and the 2nd time he used it it just snapped in the rifle and now he's left with a snapped pole he paid for. Now he just uses a string with a cloth tied to it. So dont skimp on the extra $$ for a decent cleaning kit/rod.

Dr. Strangelove
January 17, 2010, 10:32 PM
Could you elaborate a little on how you use the jags? And do you use the round barrel insert to keep the rod centered?

Sure! Get the jags with the little "spear point" on them to impale the patch. Buy caliber specific patches or just cut up an old t-shirt, the t-shirt method cleans a bit faster but is a bit slower as you have to trim each patch to fit.

I pour a bit of solvent into a shallow ceramic dish, kind of like an ashtray, this keeps you from contaminating your solvent bottle. Then I drop some patches into it to soak up the solvent.

I use one solvent soaked patch from the chamber side (the little spear thingy lets it drop off as it exits the muzzle, keep something there to catch them and keep the wife happy ;)), let it soak a few minutes, bore brush a few times, then dry patches until they are clean.

Repeat as needed ( I only use the brush in the first go-round, unless the bore is really nasty) until the dry patches come out clean immediately after the wet patch.

Dry bore with patches, then run an oil soaked patch through to keep rust away.

I don't use a bore guide, but I should.:o

I use Hoppes #9, Hoppes Benchrest 9, CLP, and Pro Shot Products Copper Solvent IV, but I don't pretend to say they are the best. Use what is available in your area and be sure to follow the directions, some of the solvents can actually harm your bore if left in place, especially the copper solvents.