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Old 11-22-2020, 09:36 AM
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I'm interested in hearing about various cleaning/maintenance procedures & products that others follow/use.

Type & material of brushes used?

Cleaning rods, brushes, jags, vs. Bore-Snakes?

Solvents & lubes?

I understand that there may be a lot of variables due to type of firearm, ammo, usage & environment.

What about cleaning & acclimating a barrel when testing a variety of ammo?

Thank you.
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Old 11-22-2020, 10:42 AM
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A belated welcome to RFC with your fourth post. Cleaning questions are regularly asked on RFC. There are many methods and procedures and types of cleaning equipment. As a result there are many answers, some of them helpful. The different ideas often bring out bystanders who will often post emoticons involving popcorn consumption.

To give you an idea of the flavor of many of the cleaning related threads on Rimfire Central, see

https://www.google.ca/search?as_q=cl...filetype=&tbs=
https://www.google.ca/search?q=clean...w=1366&bih=657
https://www.google.ca/search?q=clean...w=1366&bih=657
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Old 11-22-2020, 11:57 AM
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I was thinking the post may end up like the: "What type of oil" threads in automotive forums.

I'm hesitant to use rods & brushes. Been using Bore-Snakes & Break-Free. Recently threw out the Break-Free & replaced with FP-10.

Thanks

PS. I don't handle firearms after eating popcorn.
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:23 PM
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welcome

fwiw,

i do the "buy & try" and test for myself.

So unless some produce cost you 1 months paycheck, i will pass. If its a few bucks or a few mochas worth of $$$, then i may buy and try.

It all depends on what it is and how the salesman pitches it.

I may go for the "green aspect" and sometimes it maybe something else. I have some old 111-Tric stuff thats great. but its not ozone friendly. So im treating it like liquid gold.

sometimes if i run across a review of a product i may give it a try.

and fwiw, sometimes when you ask for OPO - Other Peoples Opinion, you have to wade through alot of that opinion and in the end figure things out for yourself - again.

and if thats not helpful.

i have a little bit if everything.

> rods, multi aluminum rod from my 1st kit, fiberglass? 1 piece type too. Bore guide too

> brushes - nylon (that dont do much), brass, phosphor bronze, SS

> jags - the ones that came with my 1st kit, brass jag kit,

> Lubes - Otters, Rem oil, Breakfree, 3in1, WD40, Lubriplate, Moly, ect....

and keep in mind many forums have a SEARCH feature which rarely gets used.

good luck

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Old 11-22-2020, 02:31 PM
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PS. I don't handle firearms after eating popcorn.
I didn't think you did. I was referring to bystanders. The popcorn emoticon is used to signal someone viewing the thread sitting back and watching the to and fro of what becomes a firearms cleaning debate. Reading the posts -- which are often repetitive, sometimes downright silly, occasionally surprising, from time to time stubbornly useless, and at times informative -- can be entertaining, like watching a movie.
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:41 PM
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Welcome to RFC 4T.

I has popcorn.
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Type & material of brushes used?
Mostly brass bore brushes, nylon for actions

Cleaning rods, brushes, jags, vs. Bore-Snakes?
Rods at home, snakes in the field.

Solvents & lubes?
Nitro/copper solvent for removing contaminates like lead and copper
Hoppes #9/CLP for general cleaning
Marvel Mystery Oil for general oiling
Silicone dry lube

I understand that there may be a lot of variables due to type of firearm, ammo, usage & environment.
Everyone has their voodoo, I keep it simple

What about cleaning & acclimating a barrel when testing a variety of ammo?
I deep clean when accuracy drops off, otherwise just basic cleaning.
If breaking in a barrel, follow barrel mfgr recs

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Hopes #9 for cleaning powder and for aftershave.

Nitro for copper a lead fouling.... my cleaning process is a bit neanderthal. My cleaning regimen would make most people's eye twitch so I'll leave that to others.

Rule of thumb, keep the throats clean on the 17s, and run something down the tube when the lead fouling stops a slug mid barrel.....
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I'm a chemical kind of guy

I use the pull through method and Hoppes #9 with some Kroil mixed ~ 50/50
Use the system on all my rifles .17-.224 cal.'s

http://www.patchworm.com/


I only break the rods out if all else fails, haven't used a rod now for several years, think about it from time to time, but why.. my barrels are clean

Say what you want-


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PS. I don't handle firearms after eating popcorn.


Using RFC's search feature for 'carbon' of carbon ring may well be worth your time enhancing your knowledge of rimfire bore inaccuracy mysteries.
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Keep em' clean and you don't get carbon rings




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and keep in mind many forums have a SEARCH feature which rarely gets used.

good luck
Is the Search on RFC between New Posts and Quick Links?

Maybe the question was meant to be more spiritual or philosophical and of a religious nature as some of the answers have been in the past.

I'm now a convert to Hornady for the action, Ballistol and boresnakes for the barrel and Hoppes #9 for serious sins against the barrel. I think the puts me in the center of the church on RFC. Maybe I'll find out differently on this thread.
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I'm now a convert to Hornady for the action, Ballistol and boresnakes for the barrel and Hoppes #9 for serious sins against the barrel. I think the puts me in the center of the church on RFC. Maybe I'll find out differently on this thread.
I'm at the pulpit waving a staff, err, rod, in one hand and automotive carbon cleaner in the other trying to get ye heathenistic Hornady/Ballistol carbon ring sinners to convert!
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Old 11-23-2020, 09:23 PM
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Ed's Red: https://www.vkhgc.ca/documents/Ed%20gun%20cleaner.pdf
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