Posted: 12/22/2003 5:41:07 PM EDT
So, you'll have to pardon my ignorance here, but about all this talk of cleaning with coated Dewey rods and Hoppes #9 et all, exactly how clean does a barrel need to be?
I am not a precision shooter by any means; my notion of proper AR-15 use in my world is being able to hit the A Zone on an IPSC target out to 150 yards. I am not worried about shooting tight little groups or anything.
That being said, I usually run a boar snake down the chamber 3-4 times and call my barrel cleaning done. For my purposes, is this good enough or do I need to run out and purchase the above stated Dewey rod, patches, Hoppes #9, cleaning rod guide, etc...
Dude you are shooting an ar15. For your purposes that is adequate.
All I do is run about 2 patches wet with CLP and then 2 dry patches and then repeat about 4 times or so and call it good.
I stopped using CLP as a bore solvent long ago. It just never seemed to come clean.
I have used Hoppes #9 in the past and like it well enough. Right now I'm using Shooter's Choice and I think it's a little better, but more expensive.
For my blasting guns that I expect to get 3" group out of at 100 yards, I clean the bore until all I see ia green copper residue left. I usually don't bother to clean out the copper. I call it clean when the dark powder/lead/crap is gone from the patches that come out.
I only use a bore snake in a pinch, like when I'm in the field and need a quick cleaning with CLP.
For my more accurate guns, I will use copper solvent and work until most of the copper is gone, but I'm not too picky about it.
I like to use CLP to lube my guns and clean the non-bore parts of them.
what you are doing is fine. A lot more guns are damaged by cleaning than by shooting. If its a chromed BBL copper fouling isn't a problem, till you get up over 10K rds. I use sweets 7.62 till its just a lite blue twinge. Or soak in Hoppes #9 over a few days. Swab with wet patches till most of the blue color is gone. You really don't need to be fancy, its the black crud that needs to go.