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aaholland  [Member]
12/17/2011 1:55:45 AM
What is the recommended cleaning kit there are way to many to choose from? And oil and solvent?

Links to cleaning kits would be useful :)

I will have a 5.56 ar-15 with an 18 inch SS barrel.


(update)
This is what I got so far:
Hoppe's 24011 BoreSnake .22 cal. Centerfire & Rimfire, 5.56mm Rifle Bore Cleaner
Tipton Polymer Gun Cleaning Picks
Otis M-16 Chamber Brush
Otis M-16/Small Caliber Patches (100)
Otis Variety Pack Receiver Brushes (Nylon, Blue Nylon, Bronze)
Otis M16 Soft Pack Cleaning System

Anything else I might need?
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bloodsport2885  [Team Member]
12/17/2011 2:11:21 AM
A coated rod of some sort (I use the Tipton carbon fiber rod) and a good set of BRASS jags and brushes. The Otis kit seems to work well enough ans is compact, but I've heard of the pull cables breaking in the barrel. CLP is the old standby but I've had luck with synthetic and dino oil, Lucas gun oil, and others say ATF.

I don't personally use a solvent but Hoppe's is pretty popular for removing copper. For fouling just use a brush a couple of times and some type of CLP to remove it.

Try and avoid any bare metal rods or those that screw together. They're not good for the crown.
PFC  [Member]
12/17/2011 2:04:36 PM
Field – Otis (very compact).
Home - USGI type; add a one piece cleaning rod with a GI brush adaptor.
I also use a tackle box at home because it holds large amounts of the different consumables used for weapon cleaning.
sorral  [Member]
12/17/2011 2:40:39 PM
I found this nice kit at Brownells, an advertiser on this site.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=22275/psize=24/Product/AR-15-M16-BUTTSTOCK-CLEANING-KIT

The only thing I did not see in this kit would be a .22 jag and a bore guide. I do not currently use a bore guide, but only because I do not have one. You can also pick up a one piece cleaning rod from Walmart pretty cheap. It is not a coated, expensive rod, but will do the job.
dfariswheel  [Member]
12/17/2011 4:21:38 PM
Coated rods are starting to fall from favor because the coating tends to shave off or otherwise get damaged.
If you go to a shooting match where top shooters are, about all you'll see are one piece bare stainless steel rods, or more and more, carbon fiber.
A lot of shooters are going with carbon fiber because it's either perfectly straight or it's broken.

By preference, you clean an AR from the chamber end. Measure the barrel and receiver from the muzzle to the end of the receiver and buy a one piece rod that's a couple of inches longer.

Buy some bronze bore brushes, some GI type chamber brushes, your choice of type of brass cleaning rod patch tip, cotton patches, a good bore solvent, and a good lube.
Buy a GI type toothbrush.
FMJ  [Team Member]
12/17/2011 4:28:42 PM
USGI & OTIS
I use the OTIS for in field
It can fit in a Grip

Oil most are fine
AR15fan  [Team Member]
12/21/2011 2:48:19 AM
Dewey 1-pc coated rod. Dewey jags. Otis bore brushes*. Q-tips. Old cotton T-Shirts. 1" patches. Breakfree CLP (if you want an all in one product for cleaning and lubrication both) Slip 725* & SlipEWL* (if you want seperate cleaning and lubricating products). C.A.T tool for cleaning the tail of the bolt. Brownells/Sinclair Bolt carrier carbon scraper for cleaning the bolt recess of the bolt carrier.

*I get them for free but would pay for them if I had to.
Captains1911  [Member]
12/21/2011 1:31:01 PM
The best kit is the one you assemble yourself. If you have nothing at all then one of the pre-assembled kits is a good start, but you will find that you end up not using or replacing most of it.
Rovert  [Member]
12/21/2011 4:05:54 PM
Otis. Everything you need to clean every gun you have in a kit the size of a Big Mac.

The breech-to-muzzle method based on flexible cables instead of straight rods means that it handles like a bore snake, but cleans as thoroughly as a dewey rod. The best of all worlds.

They have many different kit configurations, but this is the one that I have:
http://www.otisgun.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=87A4177C5FB84164A06E4B8B07B71872

Captains1911  [Member]
12/21/2011 4:35:34 PM
Originally Posted By Rovert:
Otis. Everything you need to clean every gun you have in a kit the size of a Big Mac.

The breech-to-muzzle method based on flexible cables instead of straight rods means that it handles like a bore snake, but cleans as thoroughly as a dewey rod. The best of all worlds.

They have many different kit configurations, but this is the one that I have:
http://www.otisgun.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=87A4177C5FB84164A06E4B8B07B71872



I too am a fan of the Otis system.
aaholland  [Member]
12/22/2011 3:21:40 AM
Originally Posted By Captains1911:
Originally Posted By Rovert:
Otis. Everything you need to clean every gun you have in a kit the size of a Big Mac.

The breech-to-muzzle method based on flexible cables instead of straight rods means that it handles like a bore snake, but cleans as thoroughly as a dewey rod. The best of all worlds.

They have many different kit configurations, but this is the one that I have:
http://www.otisgun.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=87A4177C5FB84164A06E4B8B07B71872



I too am a fan of the Otis system.


This is what I got so far:
Hoppe's 24011 BoreSnake .22 cal. Centerfire & Rimfire, 5.56mm Rifle Bore Cleaner
Tipton Polymer Gun Cleaning Picks
Otis M-16 Chamber Brush
Otis M-16/Small Caliber Patches (100)
Otis Variety Pack Receiver Brushes (Nylon, Blue Nylon, Bronze)
Otis M16 Soft Pack Cleaning System

Anything else I might need?
Captains1911  [Member]
12/22/2011 9:30:50 AM
Originally Posted By aaholland:
Originally Posted By Captains1911:
Originally Posted By Rovert:
Otis. Everything you need to clean every gun you have in a kit the size of a Big Mac.

The breech-to-muzzle method based on flexible cables instead of straight rods means that it handles like a bore snake, but cleans as thoroughly as a dewey rod. The best of all worlds.

They have many different kit configurations, but this is the one that I have:
http://www.otisgun.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=87A4177C5FB84164A06E4B8B07B71872



I too am a fan of the Otis system.


This is what I got so far:
Hoppe's 24011 BoreSnake .22 cal. Centerfire & Rimfire, 5.56mm Rifle Bore Cleaner
Tipton Polymer Gun Cleaning Picks
Otis M-16 Chamber Brush
Otis M-16/Small Caliber Patches (100)
Otis Variety Pack Receiver Brushes (Nylon, Blue Nylon, Bronze)
Otis M16 Soft Pack Cleaning System

Anything else I might need?


You are going to need a fixed handle chamber rod to attach the chamber brush to, the Otis cable will not work for this. The rod doesn't need to be very long. I believe otis sells these.

You don't need the boresnakes if you are buying the Otis kit.

Other items off the top of my head that I have personally found very useful include q-tips, forceps (to grip cut-off q-tip heads), pipe cleaners, and of course a good quality lube (I prefer Slip 2000 EWL).

bassboy9123  [Member]
12/30/2011 12:08:00 AM
Slip 2000 makes great stuff. I use slip 2000 725 cleaner/degreaser for general stuff and sometimes the bore, slip 2000 EWL as lube, and Slip 2000 carbon killer to soak bolts or other carbon fouled stuff in.

I'm a fan of the Otis kit as well, though you'll need, as others have said, a chamber brush and a solid rod to use with it.
acman145acp  [Team Member]
12/30/2011 4:25:24 PM
Buy~ usgi kit cheap here .... http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_2_142/147184_YHM_7_pc__M16_AR15_cleaning_kit_____10_50_del__or_two_for__19_50_del_.html
Gator57  [Member]
12/30/2011 8:33:09 PM
My kit is the USGI kit.
My solvent is Ed's Red. I mix it by the gallon.
My lube is Mobil1 5w30. I buy it by the quart.
The two last for several (many) years.
I guess I'm a cave man.
Or a tight-ass.
Or a tight-ass cave man.
tschlemm  [Member]
1/3/2012 1:49:09 AM
Originally Posted By Rovert:
Otis. Everything you need to clean every gun you have in a kit the size of a Big Mac.

The breech-to-muzzle method based on flexible cables instead of straight rods means that it handles like a bore snake, but cleans as thoroughly as a dewey rod. The best of all worlds.

They have many different kit configurations, but this is the one that I have:
http://www.otisgun.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=87A4177C5FB84164A06E4B8B07B71872



I also bought an OTIS M16 cleaning kit. I haven't used it yet but I will then I go to the gun range again.
pwr2al4  [Team Member]
1/4/2012 12:33:59 AM
Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Dewey 1-pc coated rod. Dewey jags. Otis bore brushes*. Q-tips. Old cotton T-Shirts. 1" patches. Breakfree CLP (if you want an all in one product for cleaning and lubrication both) Slip 725* & SlipEWL* (if you want seperate cleaning and lubricating products). C.A.T tool for cleaning the tail of the bolt. Brownells/Sinclair Bolt carrier carbon scraper for cleaning the bolt recess of the bolt carrier.

*I get them for free but would pay for them if I had to.


The Devil Dog has got my vote.

Otis kits are exactly like shoulder holsters, and if you carry pistol you probably know what im about to say. Everyone whose ever seen die hard or miami vice before and then gets their first pistol and tries out a cheap flimsy OWB paddle holster and finds that its annoying says to themselves, screw this. Sholder holsters are awesome, the look awesome, they look so convient and easy to carry with, its the perfect solution . So they call up Galco and get a kickass Jackass rig made up , and it looks really badass when it arrives, it gets used for exactly 2 days, and then stuck on a hangar and never touched again. eventually everyone puts down the shoulder holster and moves on to a well made, sturdy IWB or similar leather or kydex rig.and that is that.


Same with dewey rods. as long as you own a gun you are going ot have to clean it. otis is simple, they are fast, they are foolproof, and they come in a cool little kit. But dewey rods are just better in every single way. So you can buy one now with a small jag and a couple other small pieces, some star cleaners for the chamber, a plastic scraper, a bunch of patches. grab a couple bottles of cleaners, maybe a bottle of clp, some sweets, a bottle of butchs bore shine, a couple can of life andwer to everything that duct tape and wd-40 cant either fix or kill which is of course brake cleaner, some pipe cleaner thingys, and next thing you know your got your own little proper professional kit and can use it forever buy now or buy one later, your gonna buy one eventually i promise/
Usurpation  [Member]
1/4/2012 11:15:29 PM
OTIS!
Got my vote!

No doubt, Otis.
tschlemm  [Member]
1/15/2012 2:16:37 PM
I bought an M16 cleaning kit from OTIS. It has the basics included. I also bought an Otis Chamber brush and an Otis Brass Scraper Set. I also bought more cleaning pads as the kit only has 10 patches by default. I believe you can use the pad 6 times but I only use them 3 times myself.
Gator57  [Member]
1/15/2012 4:16:01 PM
Originally Posted By Usurpation:
OTIS!
Got my vote!

No doubt, Otis.


Originally Posted By jmt1271:
LOL, never tried that exact product, but I think I'd PM site staff and see if they can help you out on your login info.

Good luck.

Usurpation......I do believe your bonus check is in the mail......
Usurpation  [Member]
1/23/2012 3:36:03 PM
Originally Posted By Gator57:
Originally Posted By Usurpation:
OTIS!
Got my vote!

No doubt, Otis.


Originally Posted By jmt1271:
LOL, never tried that exact product, but I think I'd PM site staff and see if they can help you out on your login info.

Good luck.

Usurpation......I do believe your bonus check is in the mail......


I should caveat this with why... I just put up with a foreign company that sells computer equipment in the states and went round and round about a missing part in the computer kit. It was a minor part (USB cable to connect the proprietary card). I didn't need the card itself mind you, just the cable. This is specific to this model and can't be purchased anywhere else. This cable must have cost the manufacture $.11 to make and was missing from the kit. Long story short, I had to sacrifice a small animal to get them to do anything about it. I even had to pay shipping. Then comes Craig and Otis. Pretty much the only thing said was 'we are sorry for the inconvenience' and 'the replacement should be there in a few days.' I guess all the pain of the Chinese company just made Otis seem like the white knight (or maybe they are just that). :)
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