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Old 12-05-2016, 07:38 AM   #16
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After cleaning the barrel, what is better a light coat of gun oil or gun grease?
If you are going to store it for a period of time a coating of grease will be fine, but and this is a big BUT make darn sure that you completely clean all the grease out of the inside of the barrel before shooting it.
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Old 12-05-2016, 08:06 AM   #17
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After cleaning the barrel, what is better a light coat of gun oil or gun grease?
I use patch lightly moist with Break Free CLP run through the bore a few times for protectant, including my CCW pistol, and no need for a pistol to run a dry patch before shooting it.

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When I field strip one of my pistols for cleaning I use HOPPES NO. 9 solvent, and not the synthetic stuff, and a bronze brush to clean the bore. In my experience a bronze or brass brush cleans far better than a nylon brush. I clean from the chamber end. First a wet patch back and forth half a dozen times to remove loose fouling and coat the bore with solvent, then the wet bronze brush back and forth a dozen times making sure the brush it out through the end of the barrel before pulling all the way back through, then a wet patch pushed through and pulled out after it is out the end of the barrel as it will be really dirty, then another wet patch or two back and forth a few times, then a couple dry patches, and then a patch lightly moist with Break Free CLP a few times back and forth.

IF the bore appears especially dirty I repeat the bore cleaning after the last dry patch by running a wet patch through back and forth a few times and then letting the barrel sit for anywhere from half and hour to several hours and then using the wet bronze brush and finishing up again. This gives time for the bore solvent to work. NOTE, do not expect to ever get a totally wet clean patch after the bronze bore brushing as extremely tiny bits of the brush wear off during the cleaning and will show up on the patch. I am fine with a light gray showing rather than black. Any blue color seen on a patch indicates that copper is being removed.

Whatever solvent is used the instructions need to be followed carefully and any recommendation to lube bore after cleaning must be followed as some solvents strip any existing lube from the bore leaving it vulnerable to rust and corrosion if not protected.

Here are a couple patches I used for cleaning. The really dirty black one was the first wet patch after the first bore brushing with bronze brush wet with solvent and the second was after the second time bore brushing which I declared "clean enough".

https://www.amazon.com/Hoppes-Cleani...s+no+9+solvent

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I have gone to 100% bore snakes for all bore cleaning. Eliminates all possibility of a potential nick or damage to a barrel crown or chamber from a cleaning rod edge. I will even have multiples for different solvents and oils for each application for each caliber.

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If you are going to store it for a period of time a coating of grease will be fine, but and this is a big BUT make darn sure that you completely clean all the grease out of the inside of the barrel before shooting it.
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"Any solid info out there that using a brush will cause damage and affecting accuracy?"

I have bore snakes to fit all my caliper barrels. The main thing to me is not to damage the muzzle at the point where the bullet leaves and last touches the barrel.
My rule of thumb is to start cleaning at the end of the barrel where the round goes in, and finish coming out the same way the bullet does when fired.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned using Ed's red home brew solvent. I made a 1 gallon batch for $12.00 about 6 years ago and I have just under half a gallon left. It does a good job of cleaning and I can use it liberally since its so cheap.
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I've always use brass or bronze brushes with Solvent.
Never use a stainless Steel Brush! I've seen them at Gun Shows.

First I soak the Chamber, Barrel, Bolt, etc. with Solvent/Cleaner or what ever you want to call it..
Never run a rod thru the end of the Barrel First. Always start at the Chamber. You won't nick the end of the Barrel that way. You don't want the end of your barrel nicked or uneven.
They even make a Guide Rod Holder for the Ruger 10/22 that goes on the end of the Barrel so you don't damage the end of the barrel on a Ruger 10/22.
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I generally shoot 3-4 pistols during each range outing. I got tired of brushes and patches . I went back to what I always used in the first place: bore snake.
I spray MPro7 in the barrel and run a bore snake through 4 times. Done.
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I usually use Mil-Comm MC50 bore cleaner with patch or Swab-its foam jag. I use Otis' flexible plastic coated cable that you pull through (rather than a brass rod). I end with putting oil on a patch and running it through the barrel, let it sit a few minutes and then a clean patch, leaving just a very thin film of oil. Seems to work fine.

I've never used a bore snake. For those of you who use bore snakes - I take it you need to clean them after each use? If so, what do you use the clean them with?
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