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jvm
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Posted: 5/2/2011 5:45:30 AM EST
How do you guys clean the inside of your bolt carrier.

Specifically where the bolt fits into the carrier.

I l\see lots of carbon build up in mine. Do you use a screw driver to scrape it out??? Thanks
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Posted: 5/2/2011 5:55:20 AM EST
I use a nylon bore brush. Screwdriver?
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Posted: 5/2/2011 5:58:53 AM EST
The carbon is at the back of the recess where the bolt fits, not on the sides.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:06:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By jvm:
The carbon is at the back of the recess where the bolt fits, not on the sides.


Well, you could get some CLP on the surface and just let it soak, then hit it with the cleaning rag, but I've never been concerned with that spot.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:08:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By allenNH:
Originally Posted By jvm:
The carbon is at the back of the recess where the bolt fits, not on the sides.


Well, you could get some CLP on the surface and just let it soak, then hit it with the cleaning rag, but I've never been concerned with that spot.

The small end of the GP brush.

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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:08:45 AM EST
soak in equal parts CLP and mineral spirits and then brush.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:08:59 AM EST
squirt with solvent, let soak, clean out with a patch on the rod, then get the back and the hole with a Q-tip.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:12:22 AM EST
I soak the entire carrier in CLP while I am cleaning the rest of the gun. That allows it to soak in the CLP for a while and it helps loosen up the grime. Then I scrub it with a nylon brush. If there is some stubborn build up, I will use my CAT M4 tool to scrape at it, but I cover the tool with a patch or two so that it is not metal on metal.

The thought of scraping it with a screwdriver makes me cringe.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:26:45 AM EST
I just leave it alone. Thousands of rounds later the gun still works fine.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 6:44:40 AM EST
I chip it out with an Otis brass scraper sometimes.
Sometimes.

I am not all that crazy about cleaning things though.

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Posted: 5/2/2011 7:11:52 AM EST
Member here for over 8 years, 1,600 posts......and you don't know how to clean a bolt carrier? I don't know if you were trying to be funny, but asking if a screwdriver was the right tool to use.....really?
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Posted: 5/2/2011 7:32:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By devinsdad:
Member here for over 8 years, 1,600 posts......and you don't know how to clean a bolt carrier? I don't know if you were trying to be funny, but asking if a screwdriver was the right tool to use.....really?


I think he meant the actual upper and a tight spot in there. Not the BCG itself...
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Posted: 5/2/2011 7:35:33 AM EST
Originally Posted By SoupNazi:
Originally Posted By devinsdad:
Member here for over 8 years, 1,600 posts......and you don't know how to clean a bolt carrier? I don't know if you were trying to be funny, but asking if a screwdriver was the right tool to use.....really?


I think he meant the actual upper and a tight spot in there. Not the BCG itself...


no...he says the inside of the bolt carrier.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 7:38:24 AM EST
I've got a bronze bore brush for my muzzleloader that cleans that carbon out well, though I've only used it once because it's not necessary.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 7:58:51 AM EST
You can use a stripper clip to scrape the carbon.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 8:03:16 AM EST
Take a gallon of de-oderized mineral spirits and mix in one quart of synthetic motor oil. I use this as a soak for part, does a great job soaking off carbon. Swish it around once in a while and use your nylon brush. When you are done, take the parts out and let them air dry. When the DMS evaporates you will have a nice thin layer of the synthetic motor oil.
Obviously this only works if you have time to let stuff soak for days or a week... If this is your HD weapon, then you may need to borrow your spare BCG while this one is in the bath.... or limit your soak time to a couple of hours...

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Posted: 5/2/2011 8:03:34 AM EST
Old toothbrush.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 9:15:03 AM EST
If it really dirty I soak it
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Posted: 5/2/2011 10:05:54 AM EST
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Posted: 5/2/2011 10:23:10 AM EST
Spray mine out with brake cleaner....2-3 blast and its clean.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 11:34:21 AM EST
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Spray mine out with brake cleaner....2-3 blast and its clean.


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Posted: 5/2/2011 12:01:07 PM EST
Clean what you can with a Q tip its self limiting keep it lubed well and only so much carbon will build on the rear of the carrier or tail of the bolt.Just regualrly clean when not shooting.More damage can be done from over cleaning and improvised scrapers than anything else.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 12:08:42 PM EST
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Posted: 5/2/2011 12:13:09 PM EST
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soak it in gunscrubber, shove a papertowl real tight in there and twist it for a minute, repeat until its clean.

I also use a metal stick(bent paperclip, bore punch, whatever is handy) to scrape the carbon from the angle in the very back.
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Posted: 5/2/2011 2:28:40 PM EST
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