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How Many Patches to Clean Your Barrel??

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by letts, Apr 1, 2009.

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  1. letts

    letts TS Member

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    No patches, I use a bore snake. Works great.


    Letts
     
  2. JBrooks

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    Spray the bore with any bore cleaner. Wrap a wad of steel wool around a bronze brush, I use a 10 gauge. Give the bore a good scrub. Take off the wool and drap a piece of paper towel on the brush and swab out the bore changing out the paper towel piece. Put on a fresh piece of towel and spray it with gun oil and run that through the bore.

    Paper towel works just as good as cloth swabs and are a lot cheaper.
     
  3. shooterIII

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    Lots of patches, I use old T shirts, cheap, paper towel's not so atrong.
     
  4. CharlesK80

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    J. Brooks, you do not know anything about politics, but I agree with your gun cleaning method.
     
  5. cubancigar2000

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    paper towels work great
     
  6. BT-100dc

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    First, I use a nylon brush to remove unburned powder, then I pour Hoppes #9 and squirt some Breakfree in the chamber. I run the nylon brush a couple of times then usually let it sit for 10 min. or so. Then, I put one patch around the bristles of the nylon brush and run it through; that cleans it. And, finally, I have multiple patches on another cleaning rod that I've used for months, squirt a little gun oil on the patches and run it through. I know that's overkill on cleaning. The total patches used each cleaning is one (the one that I used around the nylon brush). If some plastic is in the barrel I just use brake cleaner and a nylon brush; that always removes any plastic. Make sure your stock is out of the way if you use brake cleaner. I'm amazed how many people never cleans a barrel. Darrell
     
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    What is the best way to dispose of the oily patches or towels,,,,safest,,,D.Lang
     
  8. jcw62

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    I use a pair of the ole' lady's drawers and a come along does a great job.
     
  9. The Rock

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    Use a Bronze bore brush and portable drill if bore has plastic build up. Go through the bore a couple of times with a little Ballistol then a paper towel swabbing. And a fresh coating of Ballistol with a cotton swab. The swab with the Ballistol is normally clean.

    Rock

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  10. waverider

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    I use a quarter sheet of paper towel folded over twice pushed through with a smooth top jag. This way I do not pull the gunk back into the barrel.

    No need to coat the barrel with a patch since solvent now comes is spray cans. I just spray solvent into the barrel, then turn the barrel to coat 360 degrees and run a bronze/brass brush back and forth. After the gun is clean and if it will not be used for a while I use a woolly mop to oil the barrel.

    If you need to use up bottled solvent, the patch over the brush is the way to go. Now if it is Hoppe's No. 9 you could also use it as Cologne. ;)

    Jason
     
  11. whiz white

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    I use a new loaded shell and pull the trigger.

    But I do run my action through a parts washer and my triggers through a vibrasonic cleaner often.

    Whiz
     
  12. Two Dogs

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    Patches.......We don't need no stinkin patches.....
     
  13. ec90t

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    As long as I don't shoot any shells reloaded with claybuster wads, I don't have a problem with plastic build-up.

    As far as powder residue goes, just look at whiz's thread. LOL! It's funny 'cause I do the same thing.

    I will spray a little breakfree or remoil on my boresnake and pull it through if I've been out in the weather.

    ec90t
     
  14. Heckyea

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    Ya have to clean these things?
     
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    jcw62!... Everyone seems to have overlooked it, but yours was one of the funniest posts I've ever seen. Does your wife know you said that? Thanks for the laugh! Oh man, that hurt me physically.

    -Gary
     
  16. jcw62

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    GW22 if the old hen knew I posted that she would have me head..
     
  17. RobertT

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    I clean my gun religiously every outing, all it takes is a quick wipe down and into the case it goes. As for breaking it down and giving it a thorough going through, that happens only about every six months. For all who think I am committing some kind of sacrilage let me expound. I shoot a Citori XT as does my best friend. Between us we probably shoot in the neighborhood of 500 rounds per week. My XT is approximately one year older than his but mechanically is tighter. The reason, he methodically cleans his after every outing while I simply wipe mine down. I believe that with modern solvents and synthetic oils meticulus cleaning after every outing is not necessary and in fact contributes to premature wear and tear on your gun. Occasionaly he compares his gun to mine and expresses wonderment as to why mine is clean and tighter than his. Hmmm.

    Robert
     
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    I use Shooter's Choice as well, although you'd be surprised at how well the Break Free "spray" will remove hard powder fouling. I spray some Shooter's Choice into the barrel from both ends and then run a bronze brush through it. I use a 10ga brush and do the chamber and chokes a second and third time and then do the barrel once more. I run a patch through the bore in between the brush routines. I use the disposable blue "shop towels" that are used for automotive applications. I have cases of them and just cut one up and use that instead of regular "patches". I run them through with a 12ga jag. Removable chokes are removed and cleaned to get the hard fouling out of them. I finish the barrel with a very light coat of Remoil or other suitable oil. I would probably end up using a few towels when it's all done and over, but only about six sections are used in each barrel. The brush does the heavy work and the patch just removes the crap after the brush loosens it. I don't worry about getting it "spotless", just reasonably clean with no powder or plastic residue. After all, I'm just going to shoot it again and get it dirty once more. I also clean the action thoroughly and depending on the gun, do a good inspection at the same time and replace anything that looks like it needs it.

    Now if I could only teach the GF/SO to clean MY guns and load MY ammo. Maybe just clean her own and load her own. :)
     
  19. Andy44

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    I spray three shot of Hoppes Elite Cleaner in bore, then scrub about 10 strokes with a bronze brush. Next is one patch over an expanding jag to push out all the crud, followed by one patch saturated lightly with Clenzoil. That's it and that's all it takes!

    AndyH ;-)
     
  20. Inspector 12

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    My method involves most of the same steps as above except with one variation. I use a couple of very wet patches to swab the bore initially then let the barrel soak for 20 to 30 minutes then brush. Usually takes just a few patches after that before the barrel is sparkling clean. As for the receiver and wood, just wipe them with a silicone rag.

    Also, after oiling the barrel I run a dry patch through to get rid of excess oil. Even the lightest film can run down the barrel into the receiver over time as the guns sit in the safe between uses.
     
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