GUN Basic Cleaning Kit Suggestions

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  1. GuiltySparc

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    Hey dudes, picked up my first handgun last week (Sig 220). I'll be taking it to the range next weekend (was out of town until late last night) and i'll need to clean it up afterwards. Since i this is my first handgun, i dont have any cleaning supplies, any advice on what i need to get?
     
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    rod, patches, oil, some sort of solevent, bore snake.
     
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    dont skimp when it comes to rods, never use WD-40
     
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    Investing in a one piece rod might be a good idea especially with rifles. Better quality less likely to scratch.
     
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    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Isnt that steel? :hsugh:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    exactly, multi-piece rods tend to bend at the joints and can scratch the bore. Also get coated or carbon fiber rods like a Dewey or Tipton.
     
  7. lugoismad

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    Get a can of Hoppes #9, some tooth brushes, a quart of 50weight Mobil1 Synthetic Car Oil, a cleaning rod, patches, and a bore brush that fits your caliber.

    Disassemble gun, use toothbrush and hoppes to clean everything, run the bore brush down the barrel with hoppes a few times.

    Then wash it off in VERY hot water in the sink and dry it out with a hair dryer.

    Run some patches done the barrel, dry at first, then use one with a bit of oil in it.

    Then, use the oil put a few drops where the slide touches the frame at.

    Reassemble and done.

    This is how I do all my guns and I've never had a bit of problem. Everyone freaks out about the rust from the water, but if you use hot hot water and a hair dryer it evaporates quickly.
     
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    I agree that you're unlikely to have a problem with that method, I'm just curious why you feel like you need to wash out hoppes?
     
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    I use a Remington cleaning kit I got at walmart for $20. Gets the job done.

    Ive broken a couple patch tips though. Cheap plastic
     
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    Because it is not Oil. I don't want any type of film or anything building up. Just a clean gun and a little bit of oil.
     
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    Then you'de probably flip out if you ever saw the inside of my SAR1 reciever :mamoru:
     
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    You agreed with me :eek3: shouldn't get used to it.
     
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    I guess I'm kind of a neat nut when it comes to my weapons.
     
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    Do you have to buy patches? Can't you just cut up pieces of cloth or paper towel?
     
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    Preferably, you want something lint free.

    But yeah, if I'm out I just cut up some rags and its no big deal.

    but patches are super cheap.
     
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    I put a few drops of oil on a rag and wipe the entire gun down afterwards. You don't want it too oily or it attracts dirt, but no oil will allow it to rust.

    On the AK, since I can't easily get to all the parts in the reciever, after the water step, I take it outside and spray it out with brake cleaner, and then a light spray of WD40 because the brake cleaner gets ALL of the oil out.

    Now, some guns I rarely clean, like my 10/22. Its not my go to gun in a life threatening situation, and since I shoot non corrosive ammo, theres not much point in cleaning it every time I shoot. It gets it every few months.

    Same goes for my HiPoint 995. I've cleaned it completely maybe once, and shot it atleast 1000 rounds. Its just so loose fitting it doesn't necessitate cleaning. I spray some oil into the chamber, down the barrel, and on the bolt after every range trip and put it away. I guess there is also the fact that its a 150$ gun so I don't take as good of care of it as say my Carry piece.


    My carry pistol, a Bersa Thunder .380, gets a complete going over after every time I shoot it. I take it completely apart, Clean everything with a toothbrush, and I'm anal about oiling it as I reassemble. I go as far as using a toothpick to put a tiny drop of oil in the screw holes.
    If I'm going to trust my life to something, I want it to be perfect.
     
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    All I can suggest is that if you're worried about build up of hoppes I wouldn't be bringing wd40 anywhere near my gun, nor would I be using it as a corrosion inhibitor as it has a tendency to gum up into varnish when it dries and its a poor corrosion inhibitor. As its a penetrating lube any left over might eventually seep into a cartridge and may kill primers too. CLP would be my choice. Ymmv and I know people get very religious with their gun cleaning products, but I thought I'd throw it out there. The only time I'd consider letting wd40 near my guns is if they'd been submerged in water, and thats sure not brake cleaner.
     
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    I said a light spray. As in a very small amount. And I don't use WD40, I use Marvel Mystery Oil actually. It has Teflon and other shit in it.
     
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    I got a Hoppes cleaning kit and it works great on my Tikka. I'm going to look for a nicer cleaning rod though. The one in the kit leaves quite a bit to be desired.

    (First gun; WMD noob)
     
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    you could cut up rags, sure, but paper towels would probably end up stuck in the bore.
     
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    Sorry for the stupid newb question, but are there disassemble manuals on a web site for different caliber guns?

    I inherited several guns from my dad and never learned how to clean them. I have tried to look on the manufactor site, but had no luck.
     
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    And for, perhaps, my last question on the subject...everything i have read and heard has said to "lightly" apply oil/lube, any good technique suggestions for getting the right amount?
     
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    Put 3 drops on your fingertips. Rub fingers together. Rub fingers on area you want oil.
     

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