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Proper Cleaning

This is a discussion on Proper Cleaning within the XD Gunsmithing and Maintenance forums, part of the XD Talk category; I just put the first 100 round through my XDm9 yesterday morning! Felt great. Now comes the task of cleaning the gun properly. 1. Is ...


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Old 12-04-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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Proper Cleaning

I just put the first 100 round through my XDm9 yesterday morning! Felt great.

Now comes the task of cleaning the gun properly.

1. Is the included brush too big? It looks huge.

2. What gun cleaning kit is best. I am not looking for cheapest but I am not looking to spend more then $50 if possible.

3. What kind of oil, Brand of oil is best to use?

I watched the Letham (I think that's how you spell it) video on how to disassemble and clean and reassemble the XDm. I couldn't enlarge the video any so it was a little hard to see where he was saying to put the oil on the barrel.

I know wherever metal touches metal, etc... Could someone please explain in detail or even better with pictures where to oil? Also how much oil do you need to use. Is it like a dot of it and smeared around?
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:53 AM   #2
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Get a Bore Snake for the barrel. Use q-tips for the rest of it. Get some Rem-Oil for lube and something like Break-free for cleaning.

Don't use a lot of oil. Just a light coating.
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Get a Bore Snake for the barrel. Use q-tips for the rest of it. Get some Rem-Oil for lube and something like Break-free for cleaning.

Don't use a lot of oil. Just a light coating.
Thanks...

Where all do you place the oil? Just on the barrel or elsewhere too?
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:58 AM   #4
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1. From what this forum has taught me, the supplied brush is for cleaning the magazine and inside the grip.

2. I've had like 5 cleaning kits in my life and the only things I use are a bore snake, cotton swabs, Hopes #9, and some Hopes oil. I will be trying CLP next.

3. Hopes or CLP.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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I do the barrel and the slide rails. I also leave a thin coat of oil on the outside of the slide. Other than that your good to go. SA says never oil the striker and spring because it will just create a place for powder to build up and make your pistol not function. I usually oil them up anyway and use the shop compressor to blow the excess away. It gets the rest of the junk you couldn't get to out too.
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:23 AM   #6
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I just watched the Bullet Boy XDm40 cleaning on Youtube and it looks pretty straight forward.

Would anyone recommend not doing it like he did? If so, why? Also what would you do instead?

Thanks

I know I am asking a lot of questions, but I am new to owning a handgun and new to cleaning guns period. My father always used to clean the guns so I never got the chance to.

Thanks guys.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:02 AM   #7
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I'm feeling a little more confident on cleaning my pistol after seeing another gun cleaning tutorial on Youtube with an XDm.

This time the guy just used Ed's Red or something like that to clean and lube his gun with.
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Lots of folks use Ed's Red (do a google) to clean and then a 50/50 mix of kerosene & ATF as their gun oil.

I'm moving to those myself,

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:12 AM   #9
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The included brush is for your magazines, don't use it in your barrel

here's a good series of videos about cleaning your XDm.

Disassembly :
Cleaning the Barrel :
Cleaning Part 2 :
Cleaning Part 3 :
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The included brush is for your magazines, don't use it in your barrel

here's a good series of videos about cleaning your XDm.

Disassembly : YouTube - XDm Disassembly
Cleaning the Barrel : YouTube - Cleaning XDm barrel with Otis Tactical
Cleaning Part 2 : YouTube - Cleaning XDm Part 2
Cleaning Part 3 : YouTube - Cleaning the XDm Part 3
Interesting the guy in the one video uses that provided brush in his barrel... Also this is the second one I watched earlier today. Thanks though for linking us all to it.
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