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Cleaning Procedure

What is your cleaning procedure for your rifles? What products and tools are you using? I've been using Butch's Bore Shine every cleaning but have been reading that it might be too strong to use every time and been reading about the different products for powder, copper etc fouling. What is your typical method of cleaning? Also, I've been reading about not using a brush. I was always taught to use one but now I'm reading all sorts of people not using one? Looking for opinions.

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Location: Montana
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I use nylon brushes in leu of brass brushes. As for what solvent it depends completely on the type of ammo Im running through them at the time.

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Location: Misouri
Joined: 11/30/2005
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(FACTORY Barrels):Rubbing alcohol in the bore every cleaning and JB Bore paste when accuracy starts going bad (bout every 200-300 rds). CLP for bolt and moving parts. You dont need to remove copper at every cleaning unless your having accuracy issues. (Custom barrel): follow the makers directions.

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Location: Summit, IL
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remington wrote:
(FACTORY Barrels):Rubbing alcohol in the bore every cleaning and JB Bore paste when accuracy starts going bad (bout every 200-300 rds). CLP for bolt and moving parts. You dont need to remove copper at every cleaning unless your having accuracy issues. (Custom barrel): follow the makers directions.

Nuff said!

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I heard somewhere: different ways to clean a firearm are like armpits, everyone has two. I use USP Borepaste and CLP also. I think the most important thing to do do it consistently and often. USP has a video on their site that is a great instruction tool.

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The procedure and stuff that I've always used for general cleaning:

Hoppes No.9 solvent
cotton patches cut to size (bought pre-sized or cut old laundered t-shirts)
brass or aluminum rod
brass or plastic slotted patch holder tip
Kleenbore bronze phosphore bore brushed of right caliber size
large caliber bronze bore brush for the chamber area
wooden chopsticks (tips cut to shape of a chisle)
Plenty of cotton swabs
shop towels and clean cotton shop rags
RemOil lubricant
Action cleaner/degreaser

Swab a wetted patch with Hoppes through the bore and leave bore soaked wet, allow solvent to set and disolve the fouling. Go clean the rest of the gun (bolt, chamber, breach). I find that RemOil is superb for cleaning the bolt face, lugs, and breach area. Use swabs and chopsticks to scrape caked on fouling in hard to reach areas.
After the bore has soked a while (at least 10 minutes) run a solvent wetted bore brush back-and-forth through it several times, re-wet brush if needed. Saturate a clean tight fitting patch and swab out the lose crud.
Hose the bore out with action cleaner degreaser, then dry with a clean patch. Inspect. If you are satisfied quit there, if not, then repeat process.

Wipe off all solvent from the gun and dab a drop of RemOil on the lugs. Your all done. For removing copper fouling after several rounds fired or after accuracy noticeably diminishes - that's a whole seperate cleaning procedure, but should not have to be done as often.

I find my rifles retain better accuracy if the bores are left a bit dirty, so I stopped cleaning after every trip ti sight-in.

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Forgot to mension that rubbing alcohol works great, but my problem with it is that it evaporates too fast. I've found a good alternative to Hoppes is diesel fuel or kerosene. Works well and lasts a long time.

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Location: Misouri
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Use 70% instead of 90%.

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Location: Right Side WA state
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My cleaning proceedure is much the same as WesternHunter's

At the end of the cleaning proceedure I run a patch down the bore with some Shooters Choice rust preventative. Protection for the bore IF the rifle will be sitting for a while before I am shooting it again. Before next firing, I run a clean patch or bore snake down it to remove residue before firing again.

I know Walmart use to stock 70% Isopropal Alcohol, but hve not looked for it in a while.

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Location: Alberta
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This yr we've been shooting a lot of imr4198 in one of the wife's 30-30's, and my 450 with cast bullets.
We've found a bore mop is a great 2.00 investment with this dirty powder.
We dip a mop in hoppes #9, squeeze it out as we pull it out of the bottle, run it back and forth in the barrel a few times,(sort of scrub it in short back 'n forths) then clean patches until it's down to a dull roar, then swab it with gunoil, followed by a clean patch.
Q tips in the hard to reach areas (levers), and a light hand rubbed coat of gunoil on the outside, just to keep 'er shiny.

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