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Posted: 11/21/2008 1:15:01 PM EDT
Hey, How often should I be using the actual bore brush to clean. Its a new AR never fired. Should I be using the bore brush after every trip to the range, or just use  patches with clp? ...and use the bore brush like every other time?
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 1:41:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 1:42:55 PM EDT by inferno715]
I've got a few thousand rounds through my AR and have never used a bore brush.  

I just clean the barrel with Hoppes, then lube the bolt carrier group with clp.  If I'm shooting a lot, I leave everything dirty until I have about 500rds through it, then clean it all up really good.
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 2:15:46 PM EDT
hey should i use clp in the actual bore? Its chrome lined
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 2:29:10 PM EDT
Sure.  CLP is for cleaning and lubing the whole gun.

That being said, here's what I do:

Clean with Hoppe's.

Wipe dry.

Lube bolt carrier group generously with Breakfree LP
Lube Firing Pin lightly with Breakfree CLP
Lube everything else with Breakfree CLP
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 2:33:47 PM EDT
Okay so is it bad to leave the bore semi wet with the breakfree clp? Or should I run dry patches through it after I run the wet ones through. I know I might be asking some pretty simple questions but Im completely new to this. Thanks
Link Posted: 11/21/2008 3:10:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2008 3:11:46 PM EDT by rob78]
Originally Posted By fortyfour:
Okay so is it bad to leave the bore semi wet with the breakfree clp? Or should I run dry patches through it after I run the wet ones through. I know I might be asking some pretty simple questions but Im completely new to this. Thanks



You can leave it in there for storage.  Probably best to patch it prior to shooting the rifle although I've neglected to do this many times and I still have all my fingers/still see just fine/rifle not in pieces.

When cleaning the bore, it's best not leave high ammonia solvents in the bore for long periods of time.  Sweets is one such solvent.  It cleans well, but on a chrome-lined bore it can do nasty things to the chromelining (if left to sit too long).

The reasoning behind not shooting while the bore is wet, is due to the possibility that it can lead to overpressure.  I suppose if there was enough liquid in the bore, it might act as a bore obstruction.  Not a good thing.

ETA: I use Sweets because it does such a good job at removing copper deposits.  I'm just careful that I don't allow it to sit for more than 15 minutes or so.
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