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Cleaning kit must have - 22lr semi auto Rifle.

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by Jacketed, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Jacketed

    Jacketed Edmonds,WA Member

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    What are the "must have" cleaning accessories for a 22lr Semi auto rifle:

    Since its a semi auto rifle we have to use only bore snakes to clean the barrel? no ?

    Is it OK to put the cleaning rod in the barrel from the bullet exit side?

    Can somebody pls suggest some solvents and cleaning kits ?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Translator

    Translator Gorge Member

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    Jacketed, go to Bi-Mart and get a cleaning kit for a .22 rifle, metal brush, solvent and gun oil. The cleaning kit will consist of 3 rods that screw into each other and two plastic tips that screw into the end opposite the handle. I use Hoppe's powder solvent and Hoppe's #9 gun oil. There are other products and I have no "stay away from this" recommendations. Cut an old t-shirt into 1/2" squares, or maybe a little bigger, and use those with your plastic tip on the cleaning rod. A bore snake is not necessary. I try to clean from the breech rather than the muzzle, but I'm not fanatical about it. Look for your model and the word "clean" on youtube; you might find a video about how to clean it.
     
  3. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    take the stock off
    scrub the bore
    lightly oil the bore
    use brakeclean or similar to wash out action
    blow out with compressed air
    spray with rem oil or wd40
    put the stock back on and go shooting
     
  4. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    A Otis tactical cleaning kit is great. It is the only "tactical" gear I own.
     
  5. Jacketed

    Jacketed Edmonds,WA Member

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    So Hoppes #9 is used to clean the bore right ? I have read about it that it dissolves copper so I believe we have to run couple of patches only through it correct?

    Also I saw a cleaning video where the guy says the cleaning rod should be covered, meaning it should have a rubber or plastic sleeve over metal. The walmart cleaning kit has open metal rods which can damage the bore ? true false ?

    Thank you for your responses.
     
  6. SavageGerbil

    SavageGerbil Salem, OR Active Member

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    You might grab a bottle of Hoppes Elite instead of #9, it does a good job but has almost no smell (thus the girlfriend/wife doesn't throw you out of the house and make you scare the neighbors while cleaning up)
     
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  7. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    You savage. How can you be involved with a woman that does not like the smell of Hoppes #9 wafting through the house.
     
  8. Jacketed

    Jacketed Edmonds,WA Member

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    So here is what I understand :) :
    Cleaning steps after shooting:

    - run some patches dipped in Hoppes #9 or Hoppes Elite
    - run dry patches to clean out the hoppes solution from the barrel.
    - run patches with rem oil.
    - general receiver cleaning

    good to store away the gun.

    Pls correct me if I am wrong :)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  9. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I accidentally knocked over a small jar of #9 the other day.
    It smelled magical.

    I just use a boresnake and a toothbrush w/solvent on the action.
     
  10. Jacketed

    Jacketed Edmonds,WA Member

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    do you apply the solvent and the oil on the boresnake ?
     
  11. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    The bore snake will eventually scratch the bore, the buildup of burnt carbon collects in the fibre and is very abrasive over time. I can tell if a snake has been used to clean a used gun and I won't buy it at any price. Think of it this way, you won't continue to use the same cleaning patch over and over for months or years. How is a snake different?

    A stainless cleaning rod is hard enough that it doesn't accumulate grit where as snakes, aluminum and brass rods do.

    If cleaning from the muzzle end, use a centering guide. They fit inside the bore and keep the rod from touching the rifling. Work well if you can't access it from the chamber end.

    Hoppes and CLP by Breakfree are great. RIG the bore if you're storing it for a time. Swab out before shooting again.
     
  12. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    You can clean bore snakes.
    You should also be cleaning your rods after use to prevent crap from collecting on them. Trailboss seems to think he has some spidey sense about barrels cleaned with bore snakes. He demonizes them every chances he gets. and until he can prove it conclusively he is blowing hot air in the wind.
    He is entitled to his opinion, but that is all it is
     
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  13. Jacketed

    Jacketed Edmonds,WA Member

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    So after doing lot of research I have finally decided to get a bolt action 22lr. The marlin xt-22R to be specific :)

    So I guess I don't need the bore snake anymore :). Cleaning rods it is. Now the question is, what rods. Are there any specific type make manufacturer you recommend?

    Thanks.
     
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    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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  15. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's interesting that this was only the second time I commented on the bore snakes, but twice seems excessive to you. Interesting that any negative words about them upsets you. I suppose a person could wash the thing every time it's used. Not a bad idea, in fact pretty good suggestion.

    You're welcome to your own opinion as well. It's not spidey sense I have but a bore scope. You might want to borrow one and check your rifle if you've been using a snake. You'll be surprised at what you see. Of course, if you have a selfish interest (maybe you sell the things?), then you won't bother. Whatever, the things are the worse accessory ever made for firearms unless washed well after every use.
     
  16. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Never said anything was excessive. That is your false assumption. Never said anything upset me. again you are making a false assumption.
    Which bore scope do you, a real quality professional machine or something like the Northern Light hobby set. and since i need to borrow one just send me yours to use for a while.
     
  17. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Thanks for that info Trailboss. I'd never heard of it before and appreciate you pitching it out for us. As I don't use a snake, I'm not worried about my personal stuff. Do you have any links to this (or similar) info? Not saying what you say isn't true, but I'm a tad surprised as gun metal is extremely hard.

    To the OP, as you seem to be trial and erroring this let me add this: be careful what you do to store your new .22. I had left a bb gun in my basement and was shocked to see that the barrel was rusting a scant 5 months later. Now I have a full on (totally overkill) system for my regular guns (which tend to be parkerized and have rust resistant plating on the exterior). As moisture is heavy, it tends to collect in basements, but if you live on the west side moisture is throughout your house. Goes like this.

    Gun Safe: Goldenrod in the safe always plugged in. Amazon.com: GoldenRod 12 inch Gun Saver Dehumidifier GS-12: Home & Kitchen

    2 Reusable plug in desiccant which get rotated. They Eva Drys have worked well. Remington's fail early. Amazon.com: Eva-dry E-500 Renewable Wireless Mini Dehumidifer: Home & Kitchen

    Use of Eezox as a light coating before storage. The Gun Zone -- Corrosion Test and another test Corrosion Protection Products for Rifles, Shooting, Benchrest Competition, Varminting and Firearms Storage You can click on the thumbnail below to see it better.
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    And finally: dehumidifier for the room. It can pull out a gallon of water out of the air in a day. A good one will tell you what the percentage of humidity in the room is, and you can set it drop it to what you chose. Furthermore, they are sold based on size (large areas or wetter areas need a larger one), and if you have a lot of moisture in your area, getting one that has a hose connection and run it on continuous-drain mode,. ie you can run through a drain that will relive you of emptying a gallon of water out of it daily. They looks something like this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TB29O6/ref=asc_df_B004TB29O62057718?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B004TB29O6&hvpos=1o1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=10457504121307692830&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

    Today it may only be a .22, tomorrow you've bought a Sig P210. Take care of your firearms, they'll take care of you for a long time. You may already know all of this, but I thought I'd just pitch it out there cause someone else might not. Don't mean to be talking down to anyone or anything.

    regards to all

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  18. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    For .22's, I like using a Patchworm for cleaning. It works similar to a bore snake; essentially a piece of heavy-duty plastic wire with a stopper at the end to hold a patch or felt piece. Just pierce the patch and slide it down to the end, run the plastic wire through the barrel at the breech end, and pull the patch through.
     
  19. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I do lend out my tools quite often and at no charge but in your case, you seem to be a bit of an arse and I don't think I would trust you. Just first impression but it's all I've got at this point.
     
  20. Jacketed

    Jacketed Edmonds,WA Member

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    Thanks for the info. This is going to be my first firearm ever so good pointers on storage.
    I am planning to clean it and oil it after every shoot and store it locked in the rifle case till I am ready to shoot again :)