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Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by WC15, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

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    I've never found a kit that I liked. I have pieces of various kits that survived, but these days I buy quality components individually to make my own "kits".

    Here are some of my guidelines.
    • Don't buy jointed rods. They will all break eventually and when they do, there's the potential for injury and damage to the gun. Buy a high-quality, one-piece cleaning rod.
    • Don't bother with loop style cleaning attachments. I use only the jag style cleaning attachments.
    • Don't bother buying patches. I've had good luck with heavy-duty paper towels or "shop-style" paper towels torn to size.
    • Safety Glasses should be part of the kit. I've had more potentially eye damaging incidents working on/cleaning guns than shooting them.
    • If you need a bore brush (and don't be fooled into thinking that one is always required to clean a gun) you might as well use a good quality bronze brush. IMO, anything you can do with a nylon cleaning brush you can do with a jag and patches. IMO, if you need a steel cleaning brush you're doing something wrong.
    • Foaming bore cleaners work well and don't have a strong smell. Hoppes Elite and MPro7 cleaners (not the foaming varieties) work very well and don't have a strong smell. Be sure whatever you buy is in a LEAKPROOF container.
    • There are lots of gun oils out there. The practical differences aren't really in how well they lubricate. The practical differences are in corrosion protection, messiness and smell. Poke around on the web and you can find tests that provide a lot of data that will help you make a good choice. If you don't want to mess with that, Hornady One Shot (spray on) is not a bad choice--it smells and is messy during application but is more or less odorless and completely dry once the carrier evaporates. Lubriplate FMO-350-AW is a good choice that provides good lubrication, good corrosion protection--with the additional benefit of being non-toxic and nearly odorless. It's available from Lubrikit in a bottle, or from Lubriplate as a spray on lube. Lucas Oil makes a gun oil that has a mild and pleasant odor. Again, LEAKPROOF containers are critical.
    • If your gun needs tools for disassembly, get the PROPER tools and include them in the kit.
    • Include a good quality toothbrush style cleaning brush. Probably not an actual toothbrush as toothbrush bristles are often softer than ideal.
    • Include cotton swabs--the ones with the wrapped paper sticks like Q-Tips--they are very handy. The ones with plastic sticks are too flexible, and the ones with the conventional wood sticks break too easily. There are some high-quality swabs with bamboo sticks and they work well.
     
  2. rpenmanparker

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    Also you can buy cotton swabs with pointed tips. Very handy for getting under the slide rails on a SA pistol.
     
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  3. WC15

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    I’ve never used a jag style cleaning attachment before. I’ve seen some, but never used them. I’ve only ever had loops. How exactly do the jag styles work?
     
  4. rpenmanparker

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    You punch the pointy tip through the center of the patch and push it down the bore. If you don’t let the patch fully exit the other end, you can pull it back and forth in a scrubbing motion. Once the patch is out the far end you are done with that one.
     
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  5. CapnMac

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    Years ago (as in around 40 years) I had (bought or given, can't remember which) a Hoppe's kit in .45acp
    Which was fine until you got another caliber. That, and I really didn't (and still don't) like storing bottled solvents on their sides.

    So, the collection of bits and bobs lived in various boxes and small toolboxes. The collection of things grew one or two or three bits at a time. Gunshows were my preferred method, as a gunshow dealer tends to have a more complete stocking than the LGS. Which is handy for getting new bronze brushes, or oddball caliber mops, and the like.

    Eventually, I broke down and got a toolbox with sliding drawers (like those in a mechanic's toolbox). Which really helped. Deep lid also allowed storing bottles vertically. This eventually landed on a short platform with casters, which got a handle, which allowed adding a vertical bit of EMT which corrals the full-length rods nicely.

    Collecting parts is what you will do in the future, so cut out the middleman and skip the kit.
     
  6. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

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    rpenmanparker has explained it well. The jag holds the patch tightly against the bore and helps it clean better.
     
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  7. Jeb Stuart

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    Once I started using Ramrodz I never looked back. I also use a Sonic Cleaner. For barrels I only use Wipe-out. No need for harsh brushes and a lot of scrubbing.

    With Wipe out, I can put the foam in the barrel and use a RamRodz the next day and Presto, Shiney new barrel finish. No Harsh scrubbing over and over. Done.

    Ramrodz fit PERFECT, no more messing with crappy patches/so much easier and faster. Do not have to pull out a whole kit to use.

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    I Use Ballistol Milk with my Sonic Cleaner, does a terrific Job, especially for cleaning out striker fired channels etc. Use a can of Air to blow out. Ballistol Milk leave a very fine film of lube on all parts of the firearm and does not gum up.

    Pic of crap floating to top of surface with Ballistol. I will take out the top gook and reuse the Ballistol. Clean under the gook.
     
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  8. JohnKSa

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    Yup, the RamRodz are very handy. Also handy are the BearMetalClean tightly wound cotton swabs which are a huge improvement over typical cotton swabs.
     
  9. rpenmanparker

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    Thanks John forcthe kudos. For shotguns there are even more complex designs that have a spring-like compression of the plug to really exert pressure against the barrel.
     
  10. alfsauve

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    Some people call them "applicators". They are not the fuzzy, soft Q-tip style but hard a hardened cotton ends. Great also for other nooks and crannies.


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  11. rpenmanparker

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    Yes.
     
  12. BigBlue 94

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    I include a cheap headlamp in my box. Perfect light where you need it, without sacrificing a hand.

    I also keep my bottle laying down in my kit, but have them in the bottom of a plastic pretzel container to contain any spills.
     
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