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Need Cleaning info

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by Big.40, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Big.40

    Big.40

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    Any advice or a link to a detailed clean of the AR15 platform. Id like more info on what others use and how they clean the bolt in detail. The firing pin channel, and any other problem areas. I recently took my new AR out and brought it home black. I felt like I cleaned it in a half ass way. Also do you need to clean out the gas tube that runs from the sight to the bolt? If so how. I got the lube issue down with this link...
    http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_7/548967_AR15_LUBE_POINTS.html
     
  2. Big.40

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    And also I can never get the patch completely free of deposits when cleaning my barrel no matter how many patches I run down. Is that normal? No worry? I always finish with a light oiled patch followed by a dry one before storing.
     


  3. bmoore

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    No on the gas tube. When I want to detail my bolt carrier group/bolt this is what I do. Break down your bolt into all its parts. Buy a can of Seafoam fuel treatment. Empty it in a small rubbermaid/tupperware bin, squirt about 2 to 4oz of CLP in it (optional). Put all your bolt parts into the bin with with the carrier group and let this soak for a couple hours or some people do over night. All the deposits typically break free and fall to the bottom of the solvent container. I swish the parts around every now and then while they are soaking. The only part I do not put into the solvent mixture is the rubber O ring from the extractor. I have also read on the net that odorless mineral spirits work with CLP also to make a nice parts soaking solvent.
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2012
  4. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

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    So can mixing bleach and ammonia :upeyes:

    [NOTE: DO NOT mix those two chemicals unless you have a death wish.]

    Point being, be careful mixing two chemicals that aren't sold in a package as intended to be mixed together - if you're following bad advice (as there ARE people that will post BS), it can cause you serious harm, or damage your weapon.

    I'm not accusing bmoore of this, just pointing out that you should always be careful of mixing chemicals.

    I usually just use a few pieces of cut up, old bedsheet, some oil, q-tips and a dental pick to give my BCG a solid cleaning. So long as everything is properly lubed, this is not needed very often. I have run many personal ARs well past 1500 rounds between cleanings by simply keeping them lubed. Get the gas rings, bolt tail, and a thin film on the surface of the carrier. Keeping things lubed can also help keep carbon from building up over time, making it easier to clean when needed.
     
  5. JaPes

    JaPes Rimfire 1010101

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  6. JASV.17

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    Their site seems to be having issues or I'd leave a link, but go over to m4carbine.net, they have a good series of videos and pictures/diagrams over there for cleaning. Very helpful.
     
  7. bmoore

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    OP- Odorless mineral spirits with CLP or Seafoam with CLP clean very well. Both have been used by AR owners longer than I have had ARs. There is a sticky on another site about the mineral spirits and CLP recipe. Both work great. I personally just use Seafoam, when I need to get built up gunk off- which is not all the time.
     
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  8. JASV.17

    JASV.17 Prime Example

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    When I clean, the first thing I do is pull the bcg and drop it in mineral spirits. Let it soak while I do the rest.

    OP, here's the link I was talking about...

    http://m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=35490
     
  9. bmoore

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    Thank you for posting that, I appreciate it. I need to find one of those solvent trays.
     
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  10. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

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    This is a great guide for ideal AR cleaning (or detailing).
    But maybe it's a bit excessive...do any of y'all really lube the trigger guard? What about the hammer's face? ha.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. bmoore

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    When I soak my parts in the Seafoam I let them dry for a while and then give them a liberal dose of Remoil spray, let that soak in and then do my normal lubing.
     
  12. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    SeaFoam works great for the BCG........
     
  13. bmoore

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    Im 99% sure I got the idea from you.
     
  14. Big.40

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    Are there different types of SeaFoam? or is it something I can walk into walmart and pick up without issue of wondering to buy this type or that type of the product.
     
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    No Sir,........not sure if Wally World carries it.
    AutoZone, Discount Auto, Checkers, O'Riley,.......all have it
     
  16. Fuerte

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    In terms of cleaning products, Bore Tech Carbon Remover and Copper Remover are by far the best I have ever used! I have a Rugger SR 556 and the Carbon Remover makes short work of cleaning the gas piston and the Copper Remover is awesome for cleaning the barrel.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012