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I was wondering how often, what you clean, and what you use?

I only have about 600 rounds through mine (although its only been a couple weeks since I got it). I do this every time I go to the range.... usually later that night. It might be a little overkill but I had to wait a long time to be able to afford this I want to keep it for a LONG time.

I run a bore snake through with hoppies #9 a few times until it looks clean.

I then "Field strip" accourding to the users manual and with que-tips and paper towels to clean pretty much anything I find with gunk on it including the entire barrel and guide rod. I usually go over the entire metal upper half with some cleaner as well when I'm all done to make sure there isn't any oil on the outside.

I then pretty much do the exact opposite putting militec-1 oil on anything that is showing wear as well as anything I think could wear in the future.

I was wondering about the pol. lower half. Is hoppies safe for this or should I be using something else? I use it as little as possible only on the parts that have powder etc and try to get it off asap when I do get it on anything.

also whats your favorite way to clean the bore snake?
 

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We all use different cleaning methods. I just found that a solution of water and simple green in a bucket works wonders on everything except the BBL. The use compressed air to get all the solution off the gun. Quick and easy as the old way takes me over an hour per handgun. Blue Wonder products are great and their gun cleaner is the only thing I use to clean the BBL.
 

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You should email simple green about using it to clean guns.....that stuff works on everything!
 

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I was wondering how often, what you clean, and what you use?

I only have about 600 rounds through mine (although its only been a couple weeks since I got it). I do this every time I go to the range.... usually later that night. It might be a little overkill but I had to wait a long time to be able to afford this I want to keep it for a LONG time.

I run a bore snake through with hoppies #9 a few times until it looks clean.

I then "Field strip" accourding to the users manual and with que-tips and paper towels to clean pretty much anything I find with gunk on it including the entire barrel and guide rod. I usually go over the entire metal upper half with some cleaner as well when I'm all done to make sure there isn't any oil on the outside.

I then pretty much do the exact opposite putting militec-1 oil on anything that is showing wear as well as anything I think could wear in the future.

I was wondering about the pol. lower half. Is hoppies safe for this or should I be using something else? I use it as little as possible only on the parts that have powder etc and try to get it off asap when I do get it on anything.

also whats your favorite way to clean the bore snake?
Use a real brush as well as bore snake. Bore snake is good for .22 and for a quick superficial cleaning but not as good as a real brush and tight patches on a decent jag. I also prefer the use of soem of those shop towels you can buy at Wally World. I have about 50, that I use drop in a can, launder and reuse. My cleaning products are M-Pro7 and Break Free CLP. I am thinking of trying simple green. Once in a while M-Pro7 bore gel. Break free carbon cutter is great for cleaning rifles too.
 

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I clean my guns after every shooting session. I use Kleen Bore Gunk Out to spray out he actions and I use it as a degreaser on all metal parts of the firearm. I use Kleen Bore #10 copper cutter, a patch and a jag to clean the barrels. I use Formula 3 from Kleen Bore to Clean and lubricate and oil all metal parts of the firearm. I also use Kleen Bore TW 25B on the slide rails of my firearms. I use a Bore Snake to clean the Barrels after shooting at the range just to give them a quick cleaning until I get and home a clean them completely.
On all my Firearms I do a Detailed Complete take down once a month or so just to completely clean everything!
I am anal about cleaning..........I depend on my firearms to function if I ever need them to!
That is why I am so anal about cleaning.
 

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I try and clean mine about every other trip to the range. I'm about 1 trip behind right now so I should be cleaning it instead of sitting here posting.

I wipe it down with my silcone cloth after every outting.

I use Break-Free on mine, haven't had any problems yet.
 

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I clean mine after every trip I take out shooting. At the moment I use Shooters Choice awesome stuff, best stuff I have used so far, next to Break-free. Shooters choice clean everything nicely and even your nostrols and brain cells.

My cleaning process... I break my XD down run a soak patch through the bore, let it sit a little while I clean the rest of the XD. After cleaning my upper I run a brass jag through the barrel, then ussaly a couple of soak patch through the bore again. THen oil and put it all back together.
 

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+1. Cleaning? I think I may have weaned my XD off of that. It keeps firing, so...... :D

(Now if I could just wean my car off of Gasoline.....)
 

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I use a variety of stuff. Hoppes #9 when in for a long shooting session where there is alot of copper fouling and grit. :x When I just shoot 25-50 rounds or so I use Breakfree CLP to clean and lubricate. A bore snake is great to get the major stuff out, but I always follow with a couple of CLP covered patches followed by a few dry patches. :D
 

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I haven't cleaned my XD-357 at all, since new....other than swabbing out the barrel for first firing. I have occasionally added a drop of lithium grease to the rails and blown out the debris with compressed air, but I'm of the opinion that every combat pistol worth more than a paperweight will work for thousands of rounds without cleaning.

So far, 1,5000 rounds and not only is it reliable and still accurate, it doesn't even really get dirty...not compared to some pistols I've owned.

If I were to clean it, I'd spray the lower with WD-40, follow that with compressed air. Wipe down. Then the upper I'd clean with Hoppes, including the barrel. Dry patches, and I'd be done.
 

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I haven't cleaned my XD-357 at all, since new....other than swabbing out the barrel for first firing. I have occasionally added a drop of lithium grease to the rails and blown out the debris with compressed air, but I'm of the opinion that every combat pistol worth more than a paperweight will work for thousands of rounds without cleaning.

So far, 1,500 rounds and not only is it reliable and still accurate, it doesn't even really get dirty...not compared to some pistols I've owned.

If I were to clean it, I'd spray the lower with WD-40, follow that with compressed air. Wipe down. Then the upper I'd clean with Hoppes, including the barrel. Dry patches, and I'd be done.
 
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