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Hi all, back with you for more information, please? I have watched some other enthusiasts during the cleaning process of their pistols and/or rifles, and I have questions.....things like 1)in what 'order' do you use your brushes, cleaning pads, soft brushes, etc, 2)does anyone have experience/comments on the "snake" type cleaning methods, 3)should one field strip their pistol and how often? and 4) what types of chemicals do you prefer to use? I am a casual shooter...putting about 150 rounds (at my home range) through any particular pistol per month. If there is a topic and/or thread on here that I should refer to instead, also, you can please direct me. thanks. But, your feedback will be appreciated.Shy
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Malinois;62277 Wrote:Hi all, back with you for more information, please? I have watched some other enthusiasts during the cleaning process of their pistols and/or rifles, and I have questions.....things like 1)in what 'order' do you use your brushes, cleaning pads, soft brushes, etc, 2)does anyone have experience/comments on the "snake" type cleaning methods, 3)should one field strip their pistol and how often? and 4) what types of chemicals do you prefer to use? I am a casual shooter...putting about 150 rounds (at my home range) through any particular pistol per month. If there is a topic and/or thread on here that I should refer to instead, also, you can please direct me. thanks. But, your feedback will be appreciated.Shy

1) This should cover it.

2) You run a bore snake beginning from the breach to the front sight of the barrel. It's for a quick and easy barrel cleaning if you only put a few rounds through your firearm and are too lazy to fully clean it.
3) I field strip and clean my pistol after every time I shoot it whether it is 15 rounds or 150 rounds.
4) I like using powder blaster inside my barrel and CLP on everything else. Just remember to not over oil/lube it and apply a VERY THIN layer inside the barrel if you use Powder Blaster since it strips your pistol down to the bare metal.
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#3
Yup that about sums it up. I've recently taken the boresnake plunge and so far haven't found a reason to look back. I have read some horror stories of people getting them stuck in rifles though. I also field strip my pistols after every trip to the range, sometimes I even do it at the range. My rifles get the same treatment, with the exception of my ARs. If they have under 400 or so rounds I'll quickly wipe down the inside of the upper receiver and run a snake down the bore. Over 400 I take the bolt apart and get it cleaned up.
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#4
The indoor range I usually go to has a nice cleaning service that does the "cornballer" dip for certain all-metal pistols and revolvers. It's the sonic bath that dislodges all the goo off everywhere on the gun, and then it gets a quick oil dip. That kind of treatment though should be done rarely. It's also controversial (some swear that this destroys your gun, and it's easy to find a bunch of guys that will call them lying assholes. Whatever)

I do wipedowns and a small amount of oil on my 1911. The more you shoot any particular gun you'll quickly learn where it's failure points are, whether it's frequent mag failures necessitating a mag strip or replacing the mags or you got a rust problem developing inside that's causing cycle failure.

Field strips of rifles are one thing but you have to be careful what you oil and never over-oil anything. .22s are the most finicky things ever. I'm scared to pull apart my new .22 AK replica to clean it and it probably won't be until summer before I spend a full evening pulling it apart with an iPad handy nearby to replay the takedown video over and over.

I hate taking down shotguns. My 12GA I almost never clean it except for snaking pads down until it comes out a light grey and then snaking through a final pad through the chamber that just has a very, very fine mist of oil and then feeding it out the barrel. I would rather take the gun to the shop and have them strip and clean it for me that one time a year or longer that it honestly needs it. Sat with my father one day doing a strip and it took so frekin' long to get everything out I'd rather just drop it off and come back later to pick it up. And sometimes I go through whole boxes of 25 or 50 at a time at the range. Again though, this totally depends on what you have--I can abuse my R870. If you have some weird 12GA semi with the plunger tube that's way more parts, more lubrication, and a complicated take down and it will need consistent cleaning.
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I've heard people say to put oil or cleaning solution on the following end of a bore snake. Yay or nay? And, anyone have any experience with Gunzilla? Thanks in advance.
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