Don't get too carried away with kits. Get a good cleaning rod. I have always found the aluminum ones to be fine. Get a bronze brush. Get some Breakfree and a good oil like REMOIL. I use cut up tube socks for patches. Get a swab for the final lube if you want. That's all you really need. Cleaning is business. You don't need fancy matching things to get the job done. You can get fancy carbon rods and all kinds of extras. But I have used the basics for decades and in the end you end up with a nice clean barrel.
The other problem w/ the "universal cleaning kits" is that their rods are sometimes not long enough. I went and bought a one-piece graphite rod because the one that came w/ my kit wasn't long enough, and that was annoying.
I'll echo the others, unless you own pistols/rifles/shotguns in a wide variety of calibers, or plan to, most of the brushes are useless. I wouldn't have bought mine if I wasn't going to give some of the brushes and rods to my buddy who has a revolver and a little Ruger rifle.
I like the Kleen-Bore brushes because I have several different calibers and they come in their own tubes marked with the caliber. Because of that I have a rod that fits those brushes. Other than that - what they said.
tooth brush (don't forget to floss :roll
solvent (if needed it)
rags/paper towels/bore patch (even newspaper will work in a pinch)
:arrow: It amazes me that with all new fangled stuff that shows up in the gun store for cleaning a scattergun, the good old stuff is still there ( hoppi's and the like) just like what my dad use 50-60 years ago. :wink:
I've had bad luck with both Outers Gunslick and Kleenbore cleaning kits - on both kits, had one of the metal spuds break off, leaving the threaded portion in the tip of the cleaning rod leaving it useless. Both made in China according to the kit labels.
I'm thinking of assembling my own kit (from the above suggestions) from good quality parts - not made in China, but am not averse to spending good dollars for a good kit that would handle both 12 and 20 ga. in the field.
kits are great if you want another tin box to have your stuff in. dowel rod an breakfree and an old t shirt is all you need. cut some squares out for patches use the rest of the shirt to wipe down the outside. you will be out 10 bucks and one t-shirt!
after all these replies, i went to dicks and bought a boresnkake, hoppes 9 oil, hoppes 9 bore solvent. then i went to fitch and bought 2 dowell rods. i have lots of cheap rags and shirts so ill be okay in that department. thanks
I have an old toolbox I keep all my stuff in. I have gradually over the years filled it up and have lots of things I may not use very often but the one time I need it it's there. I like aproduct called G-96 gun treatment it works great and use Bichwood casey gun scrubber it's excellent for really serious cleanings.
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