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Old September 25, 2004, 05:05 PM   #1
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Pipe Cleaners

This may sound kind of trivial but one of the things I keep stocked in my gun cleaning equipment is pipe cleaners. As many of you know these are great for all those nooks and crannies. Here lately I have been only finding these small packs (10 or 20) and they are kind of pricey. Any suggestions where to buy big packs of those at a reasonable price? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old September 25, 2004, 05:55 PM   #2
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Craft stores? Might not be the right kind, though. More pretty than functional.

How about smoke shops?

Regular or fluffy!

Or if you really want to go BIG, try this shop...

Scroll down. 2,300 pipe cleaners!!

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Old September 26, 2004, 11:09 PM   #3
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Kinda off-topic, but the last place I bought pipe cleaners from was Wal-Mart. When the cashier rang it up, it prompted her to ask me if I was at least 18 years of age. I was like, what?? She replied any purchase from the tobacco department required the buyer to be at least 18!
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Old October 10, 2004, 07:30 AM   #4
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Pipe cleaners are great for cleaning the firing pin port.

I used to be a pipe smoker.

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Old October 10, 2004, 08:24 AM   #5
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I purchased a bag of these at the local Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. FYI, they are not catalogued as "pipe cleaners," but as "chenille stems." Care to guess how long it took me to learn that bit of drivel? Anyway, the bag contains 100 12-inch "stems" and sells for under two dollars. I have attempted to post a link to Hobby Lobby's website for reference. Good luck.


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Old October 10, 2004, 01:41 PM   #6
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Pipe Cleaners -

I prefer the Dill's [tm].
They have 2 kinds -
1) Yellow sleeve is the one most often seen ,All Cotton, sturdy, absorbent.
2) Red sleeve is also All Cotton sturdy, absorbent , WITH bristles. These bristles do a great job of "additional" scrubbing. Ports on gas Shotguns, extractors,...etc.

Some of the "chenille stems" are not as sturdy and fuzz/ lint comes off too easy. Depends on the seems the multi-color packs are more prone to this.


While I was at the local discount Tobacco Outlet , for smokes, lighter fluid, Pipe Cleaners and snagging some Cigar boxes , I noticed a " brass" screen. Reminds one of the screen in a faucet....Or a Lewis Lead Remover. These were also labeled " pipe cleaners". This Tobacco Outlet has some interesting "smoke" acccessories.

I bought the package of brass screens/ cleaners just for curiousity sake. Yep- they are brass, Yep they will remove lead from a bbl.

Found me a itty bitty funnel to fill small bottles of gun oil with as well. I don't want to know what the little bottle with the built in needle oiler is for, "originally" for pinpoint application of lube tho'.

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Old October 10, 2004, 05:46 PM   #7
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Were you old enough?
I wish I could get "carded." When I ask if they want to, I just get a laugh.

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Old October 12, 2004, 05:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips guys. I got some shopping to do!
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Old November 26, 2004, 03:43 PM   #9
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Craft stores are the way to go. Try Micheal's if there's one in your area. Or, a tobacco shop.

I learned about using pipe cleaners when I was in the Corps. I had totally forgotten about using them until the other day when I was really giving my AR a bath. Ahh, the memories...
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Old November 26, 2004, 07:01 PM   #10
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Basic cleaning tools are pipecleaners, tooth brushes, and cotton swabs[the 6" ones]. All very handy !!
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