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Old 06-23-2011, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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multi-cal cleaning kits

Are they any good? Or are the caliber specific better? I'm finding myself needing more and more sheot. What says OSR? Any of them stand out as great?
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends upon whether you are swabbing out yer Poodle pooper EBR, Glock or your 6mmPPC bench rig.

IMHO the "cleaning kit" is a mistake. Dedicated rod, jag, brushes, etc for each barrel. Treat it like your life depends on it.

There's guys on here who boast of NEVER having cleaned an AR-15 or Pistol for 3,000 rounds. And they shoot just fine. On another BB, there are guys that shoot 2.6 -inch groups at 1,000 yards. They clean differently, they shoot differently.

To each his own. Your weapon cost how much ? And we are talking about ?? in $$ to do it right ????
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Don't think a kit per caliber is necessary, but a kit per weapon type is a good thing to have.


I have a pistol kit that cleans pistols, which is nothing more than a short rod and an assortment of pistol caliber brushes.

My rifle/shotgun "kit" is a single rod with jags and caliber-specific brushes and patches.


I use hoppes #9 and remoil. Occasionally I'll spray the AKs out with carb cleaner, but not too often...
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I pretty much just bore snake everything. Got tired of patches, jags, rods, bore guides....
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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1) Commie Surplus 30 cal $1 kit from the gun show

2) Chamber Brush in .308

3) AR15 specific cleaning kit

4) 12g boresnake

5) Pistol-caliber-specific bore brushes

Cleans everything I have.
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I got a cheap tackle box & keep assorted brushes, rods, etc. in that.
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Disclaimer: I am NOT one of the 2.5" groups at 1000 yards guys.

I have an Otis multi-caliber kit and I'm pretty happy with it. There were a few things in it that I'll never need, but I bought it pretty cheap (for an Otis kit) and it had almost everything I needed.

IIRC, the Otis kit only came with one diameter cleaning rod (everything's kind of gotten mixed together over the years) that was too big for my .22's and .223's. I already had a smaller diameter rod so that wasn't a big deal.
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What about bore snakes? I've never used one, opinions?
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What about bore snakes? I've never used one, opinions?
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I pretty much just bore snake everything. Got tired of patches, jags, rods, bore guides....

I love mine, work great, easy to clean, easy to store.
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I knew I should've quoted you do they come in all sizes?
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I knew should've quoted you do they come in all sizes?
quite a few these days, as far as I know they have every popular caliber.

I wouldn't use them for extremely heavily saturated barrels like if you used corrosive powder and forgot to clean it like a jackass... But they're great for everything else.


Midway has 3 pages of boresnakes.

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Boresnakes are good for a quick trip down the barrel, but to properly clean a barrel you should use traditional patches and brushes.

I would go for dedicated rods and jags over a cleaning kit. Typically the multi-piece rods suck. I remember the first time I used a Dewey; it was the best cleaning experience of my life! If you have an AR, a bore guide makes life really nice as well.
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My barrels stay in better shape since I started using bore snakes.....I just use them more often and keep them from getting too dirty to begin with.
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