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Please suggest the best method of cleaning a pistol after shooting session of example 100 rounds.

Mention items required.... spray, solvent, brush, cotton, rags, pull through, etc

Method to use them to get best results.

Pictures will be :handgestures-salute:

Pls keep a 9mm in mind. I have a Stoeger Cougar and also Glock 17 so advise for both pls if there is something different about their cleaning.


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Brother, cleaning method stays the same, even after shooting 100 rounds :)

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I know this KBW sahab. I am trying to ask how to clean a pistol whether I shoot 10 rounds or 100 rounds...... just how to clean it after any shooting session.


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Some members might not agree but I follow two routines...

Normally when I come back from a shooting session I disassemble my gun and spray it with brunox/wd 40 [last resort] and let it soak for a while .. for barrels I have Birchwood casey nitro cleaner and use that as per the directions listed on it!! :lol:

Later I use a used toothbrush and toothpick/ear bud to reach hard places and finally gently oil the gun and assemble it!!

Normally after firing a few hundreds of rounds I also dip my gun parts [only steel/aluminum ones no POLYMERS plz] in diesel/kerosene/petrol for a few minutes as well!! last time I used petrol but although it cleaned a lot of gunk etc but it also took of the oil/moisture completely!! My advise is to either use diesel or kerosene!! also make sure that all the solvent is dried before you oil..I use a blower to accomplish this!! :)


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Phoenix wrote:
Some members might not agree but I follow two routines...

Normally when I come back from a shooting session I disassemble my gun and spray it with brunox/wd 40 [last resort] and let it soak for a while .. for barrels I have Birchwood casey nitro cleaner and use that as per the directions listed on it!! :lol:

Later I use a used toothbrush and toothpick/ear bud to reach hard places and finally gently oil the gun and assemble it!!

This is perfectly OK. After firing around 300-400 rounds or even earlier, barrel must be given a thorough cleaning with brass brush because it is not possible for a nylon brush or cloth wipe to clean all metal / residue deposits that have gathered in the crevices during this time.


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Normally after firing a few hundreds of rounds I also dip my gun parts [only steel/aluminum ones no POLYMERS plz] in diesel/kerosene/petrol for a few minutes as well!! last time I used petrol but although it cleaned a lot of gunk etc but it also took of the oil/moisture completely!! My advise is to either use diesel or kerosene!! also make sure that all the solvent is dried before you oil..I use a blower to accomplish this!! :)

I have never done this and would not advocate it. Petrol and kerosine oil should not be used, in my view. Dipping the parts in diesel should only be be done if a gun was lying neglected for a long time and has been rusted.:)

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As I said some members might not agree I cleaned my stoeger after firing almost 600-700 rounds in this manner because I noticed that there were certain areas which simply couldn't be cleaned by spraying etc!!

Why I use petrol well being a lazy bugger I could get hold only petrol at the time!! and yes I prefer diesel as well as it doesn't strip the lubrication... I dipped the parts after a thorough clean but within 2 minutes the solvent was full of carbon residue!! afterward i dried up the last drop of petrol by using a blower [commercial ones used to clean acs] before re-applying oil


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@ Zarhgan I use all the stuff you mentioned!!

I use nylon and brass brushes, solvents, patches [made from cutting my old t shirts!!] pull throughs, used toothbrush ear buds you name it!!!


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1. Clean the debris with a dry tooth brush.
2. Sprey a cleaning solvent to the dirty areas.
3. Fill the barrel with a quality barrel cleaning foam or solvent.
4. Let the solvent to act on the ares and the barrel.
5. Brush all the dirth with a clean tooth brush.
5. Clean the barrel with patches.
6. Clean the barrel with a bronze brush with a solvent.
7. Dry the barrel with patches attached on cleaning jags.
8. Dry and clean all the pistol with patches.
9. Oil the necessary areas with a patch dipped with a proper oil.

I usually use Mil Foam' s Bore Cleaning Foam for initial barrel cleaning. When it is applied to the barrel especially when the barrel is still hot, it dissolves all the carbon and copper fouling. Then I pass dry pacthes from the barrel untill they completely come out clean. Then I drop a sprey of Gun Slick 's Ultra Klenz to barrel, and pass a bronze brush at least 10 to 15 times through the barrel. And then again I dry and clean the barrel with patches untill they completely come out dry and clean...

Normally I do not put too much oil to my guns. When I go to range, I put some Kleen Bore ' s TW 25 or Wilson Combat ' s Ultima Lube grease to the barrel lock up point and slide rails. I just put a few drops of oil through the small parts such as sear / hammer area. Too much oil attracs dirt!

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I would go with:

Spray a 'Bore Snake' with a cleaning solvent and pull it through after, say a 100 round session. (Make sure the Barrel is still warm, if not hot)

After a few sessions (around 4-5) strip it down, clean and lub it!! ;)

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I wash my gun using dishwashing soap and water. Do this ONLY if you have a power blower or air compressor. Otherwise, you cannot dry the water out.
Here with my handy steel wool (pot scrubber) bore brush
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Very effective, cheap and fragrant!


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Have any of you ever made a "Bore Snake" out of an old Speedometer cable from a car.???

Yes, the old style mechanical drive speedometers, had a flexable cable that drove off the transmisson to the back of the speedometer.

I would pull the inner cable out of the old housing ,and solder a brass cleaning Jag on the end of it, using a small peice of brass or copper tubing as a coupling, and used it when I went hunting, for a pull thru cleaner.
I could roll it up and put it in my pack for if I ended up with dirt , mud or rain in my gun and I wasnt near camp.

Look around for old abandoned cars and salvage the cable if you can. Hay they are FREE.

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I once took the grips off my Staintess steel pistols and put them in my electric dishwasher to clean them.
The wife wasn't too happy, but they did some out clean.

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If you ever get your gun wet, and dont have a blower.
You can submerge the metal parts in a dish of Alcohol, or spray them with WD-40.

The " WD " stands for Water Dispersant "
It was devoloped for drying the water off teflon parts on aircraft and rockets.

Always re-oil your parts to protect them afterwards, there is water in the air you breath.

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delacruz12002 sir thanks for the share.
Do you use and solvent / cleaner other than soap ?
I am sure you know what you are doing but is it safe to dip whole gun in soap / water in the long run ?


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Cleaning with soap and water will get off what it can , including the OIL.

Black powder guns were cleaned with soap and water, because it neutralized the Salts in the Corrosive powder.
This is also a good way to clean your barrel after firing corrosive primed ammo.

BUT ...... the Metal must be completly dried afterwerds, AND Oiled, or the parts will rust.

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Sir Lags, you are a master of DIY gun maintenance. There are indeed a thousand and one alternatives to gun wares sold at gunstores.
Sir Shariq, I use only soap and water, no solvents. The purpose of the blower/pressurized air is to drive out moist from all corners of the gun, to avoid rust. Oil afterwards.
May I also say that kerosene or gasoline cleans the gun better than soap & water. However, it leaves the gun smelling like an engine, so this is just a preference.


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Check out the new thread under reloading . " Thinking outside the Box "
You might get some ideas for blowing off your guns.

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Following are the items in my gun cleaning arsenal

1. Brunox Spray
2. Hoppes No.9 Gun Oil
3. Hoppes All Weather Guard Gun Oil
4. Hoppes Gun Powder Solvent
5. Swabs, brushes etc etc

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Farrukh what kind of a hoppes gun powder solvent is and where to find it in Karachi n can you share a pic for the same

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Zaheer it comes in an organce box. Picture attached below. It is easily available for around 420-450 Rupees at Elahi Bux opposite ICAAP and for Rupees 470 at EBCO.

The advantage of using powder solvent in the barrel is that it removes a lot of gunk which your regular brunox can not tackle. Experts suggest to use it in the barrel after 200 odd rounds but I use it after every shooting session.
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Furrukh wrote:
to use it in the barrel after 200 odd rounds but I use it after every shooting session.
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Why not after every shooting session. It may take a full month to reach 200 rd count.


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Shariq wrote:
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to use it in the barrel after 200 odd rounds but I use it after every shooting session.
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Why not after every shooting session. It may take a full month to reach 200 rd count.


Like I said SB, I use it after each shooting session. Poeple I know use it after every 200 rounds. I guess they believe using a mixture of too many chemicals / solvents on the barrel will do more harm to the barrel than good.

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and having lead/powder fouling in the barrel would not?

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Is hoppes gun powder solvent in liquid form

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Yes Zaheer, it is in liquid form.

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