Cleaning ak 74 barrel
I just got an sgl 31 yesterday (my first ak) but im having trouble cleaning it from breech to barrel end, im using a dac universal kit. Is there another way I should be cleaning the barrel? How do you guys normally clean yours?
Congratulations on your SGL-31. I recommend removing your muzzle brake first. First, make sure your gun is safety checked and that the rifle is indeed unloaded. On the top of the muzzle break, and located right at the front side of the front sight is a stainless looking spring loaded pin. Push the pin in, and while holding the pin in, turn your muzzle break counter-clockwise, and you can just keep turning until the muzzle break comes off. As you've been doing, allways clean from the breech forward so you don't damage the crown of the barrel. When you get to cleaning the barrel, if you remove the muzzle break first, you'll avoid getting all the solvent and powder residue into the MB, and it's also a good opportunity to clean the MB too. Good luck.
How you clean the AK is largely up to you.
You can clean it from the chamber end if you use a rod that can be flexed. You need to be careful because the rod will rub on the rear of the receiver ands wear the finish.
You can clean from the muzzle if you use a muzzle guide. These are sold by Brownell's and are usually brass cones that slide on the rod.
Always remove the muzzle break and clean it. If you leave it on the rifle too long, the fouling can "solder" it on and it can be very hard to get off.
The best way to clean the break is to use Slip 2000 Carbon Cutter. This removes the carbon fouling easily by just soaking for 15 minutes.
I use a bore snake with ballistol/water to flush out salts from corrosive ammo at the range.
Once I get home I use the Patchworm & CLP for more thorough cleaning with patches.
Thanks for all your replys, I'm currently looking for a muzzle guide, do you guys have any experience with these and what brand is recommended?
Edit: Does the cleaning kit from k-var contain a muzzle guide?
No, the cleaning kit from K-Var includes a front sight elevation tool, nylon bore brush, punch and a patch puller. A bore guide would be purchased separately.
Brownell's carry the brass muzzle guides that slip over a rod.
These will fit over the AK rod, or you can buy a good Dewey stainless steel .22 rod to clean your AK which is what I did:
thanks i ended up ordering the muzzle guard
Always remove the flash hider or brake, Always run the cleaning rod from the breach end, where the bullet go's.
A 5.56/.223 bronze brush (will work just fine in the 74 bbl.) apply solvent the brush and run it all the way through, do this many time, do not reverse brush in middle of bbl..
Allow about five minuets to soak, then follow up with clean cotton small .223 sized patch's on a brass bore Jab.
Run patch's till they come out clean.
Then apply a good quality bore oil or Lub. I like CorrosionX, I also use it on all items inside rifle and the outside of rifle.
There is no need for any bore guides. Just ask any Taliban they don't use bore guides.
The cap to you cleaning kit is supposed to act as a bore guide. Although I am unsure to the correct way to use it. That's why there is a hole in the cap. I think with you would invert the cap hold it centered an clean. If you use a brass or aluminuim rod there should be no way to damage your crown. Just go slow.
Bullets are steel jacketed and a lot of 5.45x39 is steel core and the 7.62x39 goes about 2400 feet per second and 5.45x39 goes about 3000 feet per second, so a cleaning rod going at 2 feet per second won't do any damage. I read something similar to this somewhere and it is complety logical. As long as you are not using your stock steel cleaning rod with no reguard for techinque then you will be fine. Even if you were to get real crazy with your stock steel rod Im thinking it wouldn't do the kind of crazy damage like everyone is so worried about. I'm sure it could if you wentcrazy enough but a brass or aluminium rod aganist a barrel steel and hard chrome is of going to harm anything. And if you want to go from breech you would need something like a carbon fiber rod so it will flex, carbon fiber will never hurt anything ever.