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Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning #5367895 03/05/20 09:59 AM
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PLEASE NOTE...I am not asking about any chemicals, solvents, cleaners, lubricants, or liquids.

I am only asking about the tools I need for proper gun care. I'll be glad to buy individual items if that's what it takes.

Yeah, I know I can go on Amazon and look around and get a decent kit but I want a high quality set of gun tools.

From 22 to 45 and from 410 to 12 gauge.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5367904 03/05/20 10:05 AM
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I think you'll get a wide range of answers. I use q-tips and a bore snake for each caliber and an old cotton towel.

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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5367915 03/05/20 10:13 AM
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Just using a bore snake can leave the rifling grooves dirty. I use a brass/bronze brush for the caliber wrapped with a patch soaked in cleaning fluid. I run these from the breech to the muzzle, scrubbing gently as I go. I repeat this until the patches are fundamentally clean and then I will use a bore snake or brush with solvent to finish. I always use one wipe of G96 on a patch before storing the gun.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Boomer] #5367919 03/05/20 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Boomer
Just using a bore snake can leave the rifling grooves dirty. I use a brass/bronze brush for the caliber wrapped with a patch soaked in cleaning fluid. I run these from the breech to the muzzle, scrubbing gently as I go. I repeat this until the patches are fundamentally clean and then I will use a bore snake or brush with solvent to finish. I always use one wipe of G96 on a patch before storing the gun.


People have different definitions of how clean is clean enough.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5367922 03/05/20 10:20 AM
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I just use a good sturdy cleaning rod and brass/bronze brushes. Clean from the Breech end and push it all the way through the barrel then pull all the way back. If you 'scrub' back and forth you will wear out your brushes quickly. I just use gun oil on everything else. I used to use carb cleaner, but that basically melted the plastic trigger mechanism on a marlin model 60 I was working on so I stay away from that now. I make my own patches out of old t-shirts. Main thing is to have a rod and attachments that are strong enough, preferably all metal.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5367925 03/05/20 10:23 AM
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Are you using a ball bearing style cleaning rod?


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5367950 03/05/20 11:06 AM
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My gun cleaning tool box always has a thick handle, medium bristle Oral-B toothbrush.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5367976 03/05/20 11:36 AM
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I’ve got a good set of dedicated gun tools, precision screwdrivers, sight tools, etc. and some, like a Glock tool are used to disassemble for cleaning.

For cleaning itself

Bronze and nylon brushes for getting into crevices. Old toothbrushes always end up in my cleaning box. Sturdy cotton swabs.

A few bore guides - over cleaning and muzzle contact can damage a rifle’s accuracy.

A couple of J. Dewey cleaning rods (ball bearing, appropriately sized for various rifles and a pistol rod)

Brass brushes in appropriate calibers. Tipton and Dewey make nice ones. I avoid the ones with a steel core, and get all brass.

Brass jags in appropriate calibers.

All available on Amazon. Brass brushes wear out. I keep a few extra on hand.

Lots of patches, rags, and of course, a wide variety of solvents and gun oils, all of which seem to work pretty well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002V0ZY2Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BO6O3B0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053TVPV6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IVSOQ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HS7E068/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5368003 03/05/20 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Gebo
PLEASE NOTE...I am not asking about any chemicals, solvents, cleaners, lubricants, or liquids.

I am only asking about the tools I need for proper gun care. I'll be glad to buy individual items if that's what it takes.

Yeah, I know I can go on Amazon and look around and get a decent kit but I want a high quality set of gun tools.

From 22 to 45 and from 410 to 12 gauge.



For long guns , start off with a one piece cleaning rod , long enough tor the longest gun , with a bore guide to protect the muzzle , if you have to clean from the muzzle end . I have a 1 piece steel / plastic coated rod . ( Be aware the plastic coating may embed abrasives , so keep it from contacting steel , with the bore guide . )

You need brass / bronze bore brushes of appropriator sizes . ( Note , a .54 caliber handgun brush is too small for a .45 caliber rifle , such as a .45-70 ) . )

Also , " jags " of the correct sizes & patches . I often cut my patches from scrap cloth . Old / worn out sheets are fine .

If the gun needs to be disassembled for cleaning , a variety of appropriate screwdrivers and , maybe , punches may be needed .

Then a good , well ventilated place to work .

I rarely shoot shotguns , so I make do with what I have .


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5368014 03/05/20 12:22 PM
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I'm looking at the Tipton bore cleaning rod and the Tipton bronze brushes and nickel jags.

I saw where you want to make sure the cleaning rod has a ball bearing handle allowing it to swivel with the rifling.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Astro14] #5368017 03/05/20 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Astro14
I’ve got a good set of dedicated gun tools, precision screwdrivers, sight tools, etc. and some, like a Glock tool are used to disassemble for cleaning.

For cleaning itself

Bronze and nylon brushes for getting into crevices. Old toothbrushes always end up in my cleaning box. Sturdy cotton swabs.

A few bore guides - over cleaning and muzzle contact can damage a rifle’s accuracy.

A couple of J. Dewey cleaning rods (ball bearing, appropriately sized for various rifles and a pistol rod)

Brass brushes in appropriate calibers. Tipton and Dewey make nice ones. I avoid the ones with a steel core, and get all brass.

Brass jags in appropriate calibers.

All available on Amazon. Brass brushes wear out. I keep a few extra on hand.

Lots of patches, rags, and of course, a wide variety of solvents and gun oils, all of which seem to work pretty well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002V0ZY2Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BO6O3B0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053TVPV6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IVSOQ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HS7E068/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Man, Thanks! You spent a lot of time helping me. I really appreciate it. You went above the call of duty. I am very grateful.
I am following your advice.


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5368031 03/05/20 12:44 PM
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How do ya'll store all your cleaning products?


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Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Leo99] #5368069 03/05/20 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Leo99
I think you'll get a wide range of answers. I use q-tips and a bore snake for each caliber and an old cotton towel.
This is what I do as well, but I also use a tiny nylon brush to clean the action.

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Drive up to PA and visit bore tech outside Allentown. Great group of folks, great products.

Essential? Some q tip type swabs, some toothbrush type thing, and some patches. Essential and most robust for a pistol? Get the cheapo glock plastic rod and patch holder. Lousy? Yes. Functional? Yes. There are much nicer bearing rods and jags and patch holders. Definitely recommend moving up in time. But essential? That plastic piece will probably last forever or at least until you force it and crack it.

I also like the cheap bore snakes from amazon. On occasion I’ve even pulled the brush out. Just spray with a gentle, non-ammonia cleaner on the leading part, oil on the trailing part, and pull it through in a pinch. It has limitations for sure, but it’s good in a pinch.

Re: Essential Tools for Gun Cleaning [Re: Gebo] #5368193 03/05/20 03:31 PM
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Good info, Astro.

I've been re-building a gun cleaning kit. I had some stuff back in the 90's and 2000's, but through 3 moves, 2 home sellings and time spent on other things, it appears all that stuff has disappeared, rotted or become useless.

I have accumulated about 4 white t-shirts that have become un-wearable. I'm spending some free minutes here and there cutting them up into 3" squares. I'll have enough patches made to most likely last 20+ years.

BTW, if you are a little timid about gun cleaning, taking one down properly, cleaning properly, etc.... there's some great youtube videos out there, usually for any make/model/caliber. I highly suggest spending 30-45 minutes finding some good info there and learning your tools than to take them somewhere to have them "cleaned" by someone and not learn how to take care of your stuff.

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