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    Gun Cleaning and Care. My Take...

    We frequently have threads talking about gun care. From techniques to products to frequency and everything in between. I've come to a place where I think far too many make far toooooo big of a deal out of this subject.

    Over the years I've tried different tools and products and I've come back to a place that is no surprise to many of our elder statesmen; sometimes, simple really is best. I don't use grease, foaming sprays, fancy oils, or even Break Free. I don't use fancy brushes or other gizmos. I don't get all freaked out about "how clean is clean enough" and my rimfires are on a strict gillion-or-so rounds cleaning schedule.

    I go out and when I come back I clean my guns. If "going out" entailed shooting, then the bore gets a extra attention compared to if it didn't entail shooting. Hoppe's #9 on a patch, then on a brass brush, then dry patches. Repeat until I'm happy and then some Hoppe's oil on a patch, then a dry patch, done. If it was wet out, I'll give everything a good scrub with #9, wipe it all down, light oil (typically a little on my fingers) and leave the action open overnight. Then a once over everything again in the morning.

    I don't go out in the field like I used to but when I did, once a year I'd take my lever guns all the way down and give everything a cleaning and oiling. I've always found it interesting how people can get into keyboard shouting matches over some cleaning product or technique when it seems half the time they don't even know how to do more than field strip their gun.

    Now, I don't have salt air or extreme humidity to deal with but the below products/items handle probably 90% of my cleaning and care duties and they do it quite well:













    I don't begrudge a man to do what he wants or thinks best and I'm surely not against new items/technology. But I also know that a lot of times new stuff is nothing more than new and often what has worked for generations still works just as good today.



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    My father taught me how to clean a rifle (same as you) with an old hopes kit, #9, and Hoppes oil 20 years ago. It has always worked just fine for me since then. Although, I have recently been incorporating some other all-in-one/CLP products such as breakfree CLP and Ballistol into my routine... as well as stock waxes (Birchwood Casey) for the lumber.... and I find they have their uses and applications. I'm amazed at how many ways there is to skin the same cat.

    IMO, I don't feel the need to switch (or pay the expense) of any of the newer systems and technologies (froglube, eezox, and on and on they go).....
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    How do you applie the paste wax Erik.? Do you use a degreaser first or..?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackdaniels View Post
    How do you applie the paste wax Erik.? Do you use a degreaser first or..?
    I got that (degreasing) asked here a while back and to be honest until that very moment I'd never thought about it. I guess in a way I do since with a new-to-me gun I typically wipe all the metal down with a patch/rag with Hoppe's #9.

    But really, I don't think much about it. I use the paste wax on the outside, wood and metal and very light oil on the insides.




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    I like you do about the same thing as far as cleaning. What worked for my grand father, dad has worked for me. They passed on thier knowledge to me. Ive tried some of the new products, but have always returned to what I know.
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    Well now Erik -- I dunno... I'm in the camp where bigger is definitely better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wind View Post
    Well now Erik -- I dunno... I'm in the camp where bigger is definitely better...

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    Now why did I just KNOW that Wind bought his Hoppes #9 by the gallon.



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    And don't forget to dab a little #9 behind your ears when you're done cleaning. It's the finest cologne. Chicks dig #9.

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    What ever suites the individual seems to be the best method. Or, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Just a saying guys.
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