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Posted: 10/23/2004 3:46:53 PM EDT
I am new to the AR15 scene. I just bought my first. It is a Bushmaster V Match 20". I have some experience with M16's from when I was in the service over 30 years ago and we removed the plastic hanguards to clean and lube under them. Now I have the aluminum free float handguard and it doesn't look easy to remove for regular maintenance. What are you guys with the free floats doing???
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 5:00:00 PM EDT
I spray rem-oil on the outside of the barrel from the muzzel end of the float tube.

I have had the rifle since 1997 and so far so good when it comes to rust on the outside of the barrel.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 5:04:57 PM EDT
I have the same gun, I use a 12 gauge bore mop on a couple of sections o' rod and by the way, welcome.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 5:24:56 PM EDT
welcome garyw. i lube the barrel with a little high-temp grease before i install the fft. unless dirt or water gets in/on your gun it will only need this about once ever couple years.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 5:52:55 PM EDT
You're right about the BM 'V-match' HG they are next to impossible to remove. Don't bother trying unless you plan on replacing it. I couldn't find any standard barrel nut wrench to engage the indexing holes. Wound up having to use a strap wrench.
I just sprayed 'Sheath' liberally under mine and swabbed out the excess every once in a while.
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