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Gun cleaning:system or all in one???

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Wash-ar15, Oct 2, 2012.


  1. Wash-ar15

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    the myriad of gun cleaning products is amazing.

    You have the systems that are cleaner/oil/ treatment and the CLP's. This thread is not about the merits of a brands, but what does it better, a system or CLP?


    So what do you think works the best. A system or a all in one?
     

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  2. ReyFufuRulesAll

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    I use hoppes for solvent, and snap-on spot lube for oiling. I also have an all-in-one that I use occasionally for hard-to-reach areas, but the name escapes me at the moment.
     

  3. FLIPPER 348

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    CLP works great on all my firearms. I've never used anything else.
     
  4. Breadman03

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    I prefer an all in one because they have worked well for me. Maybe several specialized products would work better, but my needs are already being met and exceeded.

    I would use something specialized to clean severe bore fouling, but haven't had a need.
     
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  5. Batesmotel

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    Unlike some guys here I hate cleaning guns. 6 years in the infantry cured me of that. I like an all in one or at least as few components as possible. In my admittedly arrogant opinion, many shooters over-clean and over-think the entire cleaning process. Glock shooters are among the worst. You don't need a dozen chemicals to clean a glock and it doesn't need to be detail stripped every time it is fired.
     
  6. JaPes

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    I've tried & used several different solvents, lubes, all-in-one cleaners. I narrowed down to good old Hoppes No.9 & whatever oil was available. Then I tried Breakfree CLP. I liked it, but wanted something less toxic.

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    I didn't think would work so well. Non toxic. It needs a little more dwell time to clean, but it does the job nicely. The more the bore gets seasoned with Ballistol, the easier it becomes to clean.

    When I finish off the other cleaning solvents & lubes, I'm not replacing them. I'll still keep a copper solvent on hand. I'll still keep a little Hoppes No.9 because I've been habituated to the scent.
     
  7. Breadman03

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    Dampened Boresnake, toothbrush for about 30 seconds, and another 1-2 minutes wiping down with a cloth. Add a few drops of lube where needed.

    Though I did just spend about 4 hours pulling apart a new to me, but filthy 92 FS a few days ago.
     
  8. thinkfast

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    About a decade ago I went to CLP and Boresnakes. For blasting Glocks, snubbies, shotties, an SKS and an AR, it's the way to go.

    Hardcore benchresters do well with patches & specialty products. But most of us are well served by less-is-more.
     
  9. themighty9mm

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    I prefer a solvent then oil system, and gun dependant perhaps grease aswell or instead. Hoppes solvent. Then militec-1 or weaponsheild for oil. I know the weaponsheild is a 3-1. But IMO it does its best work as an oil and I use it strictly for that. Then brian enos slide glide gun dependant
     
  10. Lowjiber

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    Ballistol is my "do it all" stuff. However, I admit still using a tiny bid of grease on the slide rails of my 1911's.
     
  11. hsprincipal

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    OTIS gun cleaning system and CLP is all I use.
     
  12. Stevekozak

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    I'M systems guy, Hoppes and then good gun oil. I have never been able to warm up to the CLPs, although I keep a bottle of Breakfree around for the AR. I am also a if it ain't broke, don't fix it kind of guy. :)
     
  13. Green Dragoon

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    for "normal" cleaning, CLP has worked for me for 30 years. When I have to remove lead or copper, I'll use a separate solvent, like Shooter's Choice or a "lead wipe away" cloth, and then follow up with CLP.
     
  14. sourdough44

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    Don't get caught up in all the supplies. All it takes is a correct size rod, coated is better, a patch jag, & a brush at times. Another essential is a 'lightly oiled cloth'. There is the occasional need for a small brush or dental pick.

    The overall care & use of the cleaning supplies is where it's at, no need to buy some fancy, specialized cleaning kit.
     
  15. collim1

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    I use CLP and a Boresnake for a quick cleaning. For a more thorough cleaning I prefer Shooter's choice and leave a light coat of Remoil in the bore for rust prevention.
     
  16. fnfalman

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    And here I thought that I was the only one feeling like that. :wavey:

    Me too. Quick wipe of the innards, bore brush the barrel, clean the chamber, you're good to go. Hell, I'm so cheap that I'd use WD-40 as solvent and sometimes even protectant. Over a hundred guns and none of them are rusted because of WD-40 failure. Nor are they jammed from "gummed up" actions either.
     
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  17. PhantomF4E

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    Ballistol has not been around as long as it has been by not working. Good stuff, antiseptic too, great on leather, doesn't react with plastics ... Good stuff
     
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  18. Kichigai

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    They offer too many options it is very confusing. I think I am going to go with Break-Free CLP (Cleaner, Lubricant, Preservative) and then use Remington Rem Oil just on the recommend glock oiling points
     
  19. m2hmghb

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    I like the Hoppe's elite cleaner. It doesn't smell much so I can use it indoors. For lube it's either gun butter, FP10, CLP, lubriplate, or tw25. I also have a type of lube that is specifically for fire control parts and works quite well. My go to is fp10 or gunbutter.
     
  20. Magus

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    For years it's been CLP and some Hoppes #9. Have been trying out some Ballistol as of late. If you can get past the smell, stuff works pretty good.