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Ruger Great to shoot, what a pain to clean

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by Doc Holliday, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday CLM

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    Love to shoot my Mark II, but MAN, what a pain to clean inside the upper, especially around the feed ramp and breech face, even more so in the extractor channel (next to the feed ramp).
    Anyone have a special brush they have found to make things easier?

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  2. XNDR17C

    XNDR17C NRA Member

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    Wow that is a beautiful Ruger!

    I like using a small paint brush, like those used on model cars. I also like cotton swabs. The swabs and brush, along with Breakfree CLP and synthetic safe Gun Scrubber, both with the spray nozzles, or Eezox, are all I ever use on my MKlll.
    If a build up of crud forms on the breech or bolt face, I just soak it and a swab with the CLP or Eezox and rub with the swab until its gone. In the extractor channel, I spray in CLP or Eezox, tickle it with the brush and flush it out with CLP or Gun Scrubber spray.
     

  3. DJ Niner

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    I've found the double-ended M16 toothbrush to be useful for tasks of this kind, along with the "fake" dental-picks made of plastic (links to each):

    https://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=9706/Product/GUN_PARTS_CLEANING_BRUSH

    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=778870

    Soak the affected areas with your solvent/cleaning fluid of choice, let it set a bit to soften up the crud, then go to work with the brush and dig out the recesses and corners with the dental picks. I'd recommend wearing protective glasses when using the picks; they have launched more than a few chunks of crud across the room when the ends were bent under pressure and unexpectedly popped free.
     
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  4. sourdough44

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    How well versed are you at stripping it down as shown in the owner's manual, barrel off & all? I'm not saying you should do it all the time but once every few years, depending on number of rounds & conditions used. There are booklets available. One of my favorites is the one by 'Iowegan' on Rugerforums.net. It has some very good information beyond the owner's manual. If you have owned/shot the gun a while & never taken the barrel off there is a fair amount of crud inside. You can strip the bolt so all the little parts are right out on the bench. Nice gun, just FYI.
     
  5. Doc Holliday

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    Thanks!
    I can completely tear down the upper and the entire bolt assembly, no problems there, but I haven't taken apart the grip yet, just cleaned it as best I could after removing the barrel/upper...
     
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    Well it seems like you have all the hard parts of disassembly figured out. There is nothing to the grips. I put a Volquartsen extractor in my buddies Mark II. He had extraction issues but I think it was just cruddy under the extractor. Of course it works great now.