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Cleaning supplies I need

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by r3dot, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. r3dot

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    AR should be coming in this week and I'll want to clean/lube it before shooting it this weekend. Going to stop by Academy -- what do I need to get? I only have Hoppe's solvent and CLP for my handguns right now. Bore snake and brass bore brush? Is Hoppe's solvent OK to use on AR's?
     
  2. WoodenPlank

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    SLIP 2000 gun lube, a bore snake, q-tips, paper towels, and a couple old and worn out sheets to cut up. 99% of the time, that's all I use on any AR. If you have a chrome lined chamber and bore, you shouldn't need to do any serious scrubbing.

    Clean every 1,500-2,500 rounds. Otherwise just keep the gas rings, cam pin, and bolt tail well lubed, and a little lube on the surface of the BCG.

    If it starts to act funny on the range, ease the charging handle back an inch or two, and you'll see the gas rings through two witness holes in the body of the BCG (in the dimple on the side of the BCG). One drop of lube in each hole, directly onto the gas rings, and work the bolt back and forth a few times, and you should be good to go for a while again.

    At this point, I'm honestly convinced the AR platform runs better a little dirty and well lubed.
     

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  3. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Bore brush
    Chamber brush
    Q-tips
    Bore Snake
    BreakFree foaming bore cleaner
    One piece cleaning rod
    Patches
    Jag
    Non clorinated brake/parts cleaner
    Slip 2000 EWL
     
  4. SCSU74

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    As wooden plank already stated you really only need a few things. I use a bore snake, chamber brush, q tips, toothbrush and hilco metal wipes


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  5. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Yep,.....but some other tings can make cleaning easier, cleaner & quicker!
     
  6. FriscoCHL

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    Is there any risk of damage to keeping a "dirty rifle" in the safe for awhile. You say 1500 or so, while I don't typically shoot but maybe 500 or so every couple months. Most of the time I will clean them cause I like to and/ or I'm bored. But is there any REAL risk of damage? Ya I know you shouldnt store a dirty weapon but just asking?
     
  7. pag23

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    Don't forget a good pair of nitrile gloves... along with the above mentioned advice.
     
  8. WoodenPlank

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    Yep. I've both owned and shot some truly filthy ARs, and none seemed worse for wear so long as they were lubed.

    Good point. I'm usually too lazy to dig a pair of them out, but they do keep you from having hands with black spots for several days.
     
  9. r3dot

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    What solvents do you guys use? What's your method of barrel cleaning?
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  10. WoodenPlank

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    Chrome lined bore? Couple drops of oil on a bore snake, run it through a few times, done.
     
  11. CourtCop

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    MPro7. It looks like water, is non-toxic, has almost no odor and cuts through carbon and oil like magic.

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  12. Cole125

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    I use #9 to clean and CLP to lube my ARs. Get a .22 caliber cleaning kit, and plenty of patches. Also get a few rags to wipe off the bolt carrier and bolt.
     
  13. JaPes

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    CAT M4 Tool


    While not necessary, it does make the job easier & faster.
     
  14. FriscoCHL

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    oooohh, shinny!

    whats that for??
     
  15. WoodenPlank

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    Cleaning the bolt tail, firing pin, and inside of the BCG.
     
  16. JaPes

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SepQGMCMLF8"]AR-15/M16 CAT M4 Tool - YouTube[/ame]

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  17. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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  18. pag23

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    Get the AR15 kit from Brownells....

    You can get cool black nitrile gloves from a local bodyshop supply store...I do......:rofl:
     
  19. pag23

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    I know... but I can support a product made in the USA :cool: