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Old 01-22-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Building my own cleaning kit

Hi guys,

Rather than buying a gun cleaning kit I think I should build my own and another forum member suggested. So my question is what should I purchase to clean a S&W M&P .22 Semi-Auto, a Remington 870, a Savage Mark II F and maybe...maybe if I can swing it a .38 revolver?
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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I would start out with a tool box to keep everything in. Over the years I've collected a lot of cleaning kits and firearm specific tools and keep everything together. Some kits are general to firearms and some are specific to a firearm. I don't own any of the firearms you mentioned so will pass on recommending anything other than the tool box.

My tool kit has the AR15 wrench, M14 wrench and stuff like that.
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For handguns a standard rod will work for all of them as long as it fits the .22. You just get tips to fit the other calibers you may add. Standard rods have 8-32 female threads and this is standard for tips. The loop may work for both so you will just need to add a jag and brushes for other calibers. The nicest rods have swivel handles and are made of steel, brass, or carbon fiber. I mostly use simple aluminum rods with simple loop handles as I have many of them and I like to keep different tips in them so they are ready to go. Some people don't like aluminum as it can be abrasive but I am careful and if I am going to be using one a lot I made some muzzle protectors from plastic.

For the rifle I would suggest a good rod, not aluminum. If it will be used with a bolt action make sure it is long enough to do through the action and barrel completely. Others will probably have better advice about long guns. I like to have extra tips on hand and I try to buy packs of brushes to get a good price and make sure they are on hand. Brushes do wear out.
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On the subject of tools I would just say that if you are going to do much of anything that requires tools you should get proper screw drivers that are parallel or hollow ground. Hardware store screwdrivers, even good ones, will damage your gun screws, reduce the guns value, and reflect badly on you. I am a retired machinist and had an insane amount of hand tools but I still had special gunsmith screwdriver sets that were used for nothing else. I still have them. I don't do anything beyond changing grips without them and I mostly use them for that where called for.

I get my cleaning tools and supplies from local stores or online from Midway. I look for sales on things like brushes and patches and buy them for future use. You can save a lot that way and you have them on hand.
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Hey Mac do you use snakes? I have a few and use them more than rods. Some of my military rifles have rods that screw into the rifle and aren't the 8/32 female so I need a lot of dedicated brushes.

I also have Breakfree and use it a lot. I use an old horsehair paintbrush and it gets into tight places. Compressed air also is good for cleaning but make sure you don't send the parts flying into the next county. Depending on your climate you may or may not want to leave a lot of oil and grease on your firearm.
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I have no experience with bore snakes but I have read they work well.

I don't shoot rifles much so I am mostly equipped for handguns, other than a couple of longer rods.
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This is another area of firearms that I'm addicted to. Every single time I go to a gun store I have to buy cleaning supplies supplies. Firearm addiction leads to other firearm related addictions.LOL
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This is another area of firearms that I'm addicted to. Every single time I go to a gun store I have to buy cleaning supplies supplies. Firearm addiction leads to other firearm related addictions.LOL
I often joke and say it would be cheaper if I had a drug addiction.
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I often joke and say it would be cheaper if I had a drug addiction.
Yes but you have something to show for it! Now thx to BHO you have even more to show for it!
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rojasj,

Before you buy anything, I sent a personal message. I have some extra stuff.
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Yes but you have something to show for it! Now thx to BHO you have even more to show for it!
I do tend to buy things that go up in value. I buy a lot of firearms and drive an old beater Bronco II.
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rojasj,

Before you buy anything, I sent a personal message. I have some extra stuff.
I replied back
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I wanna know more about cleaning kit..Mention it's major advantages..
Welcome to our forum. Don't know where to start with a reply. Can't really give every advantage but will mention a few and let others chime in.

I guess the best advantage of a cleaning kit other than its major function is it in fact a kit or assembly of tools and cleaning solutions in one place. Often it will include tools for making repairs or gunsmithing and most will have tools specific to firearms. Even screwdrivers made for firearms is differant than the one in the garage made for you automoble.

So its one place to go to find what you need.
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That andrew guy is a spammer.
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That andrew guy is a spammer.
I hate Spam. Any kind.
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Is a carpet cleaning ____, a derogatory term for something?
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Is a carpet cleaning ____, a derogatory term for something?
Don't ask, don't tell???
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Bore snakes are great... You can do the same thing with brush's though.. I use a dowel rod for barrels. That way the do not get scratched by cleaning rods..
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I hate Spam. Any kind.
There needs to be blow up the spammer's computer button.
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Hey! I eat a lot of it. Back off my chow!

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