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Best way to clean my AR barrel?

This is a discussion on Best way to clean my AR barrel? within the AR Talk forums, part of the Long Gun Talk category; I have an RRA with a Predator Pursuit upper, s/s match barrel, etc. On my XD and Sig pistols, to clean their barrels, I first ...

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Old 12-03-2009, 08:33 PM   #1
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Best way to clean my AR barrel?

I have an RRA with a Predator Pursuit upper, s/s match barrel, etc. On my XD and Sig pistols, to clean their barrels, I first run a bore brush through them a few times, then a mop with Hoppes #9 through it, wet an old tooth brush with the same Hoppes and scrub the breach and anywhere else carbon is built up. I then let the barrel soak in the Hoppes while I clean the rest of the firearm and mags. Then I will wipe the outside of the barrel down, and run a bore snake through it several times, then spray the barrel down with a light coating of Rem oil, and reassemble.

I have a chamber brush for the AR, and plan on getting a solid rod, something that wont damage the crown (like a Dewey rod?) for using my .22 bore brush, and following my same pistol process for the AR barrel. Anyone see any problems with this? I dont like using the patches anymore since I started using the bore snakes.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:35 PM   #2
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I love my Bore Snake!!!!
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:43 PM   #3
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Same here.^^^I finish with a lightly oiled patch.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
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I do bore snake about 10 times between cleanings. When cleaning I solvent the bore with a patch and the chamber with a chamber mop, then dry it with a couple patches.

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Old 12-03-2009, 09:24 PM   #5
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Forget the chamber brush. Get yourself a dental pick.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:04 AM   #6
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Forget the Bore Snake. Get the Dewey or other good cleaning rod and a bore guide. Always clean from the breech. Do use patches. Do use a good solvent, like Butch's Bore Shine.

If that crappy Bore Snake ever breaks off in your barrel (several threads about this!), you'll regret the day you ever bought the Bore Snake.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:09 AM   #7
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Great info guys, keep it coming.

Mercmar, "Always clean from the breechAlways clean from the breech", I assume you mean the direction should be pulled/pushed from the breech through the barrel? IOW, the cleaning should follow the path of the bullet?

Can someone enlighten me as to what difference it makes? Curious mind.
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>>If that crappy Bore Snake ever breaks off in your barrel (several threads about this!), you'll regret the day you ever bought the Bore Snake.<<

Ditto that. You're better off cleaning your gun the "old fashioned" way.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:22 AM   #9
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i use the bore snake/OTiS kits when i want to clean, used then the time i was in iraq never any trouble.
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put your mouth around it and pull the trigger

WTH??? Totally uncalled for. Why dont you crawl back under the rock you came out from under.
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