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Author:  jasonsch [ Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Gun Cleaning Fest

Last Friday I decided to clean my guns.
An AR-15, my 308 Remington 788 and my JHP Hi-Point.
My thought at the time I should clean them and get ready for that shooting competition.
I also had some brass in vibratory cleaner (sounds better than vibrator) I left in there from the last time I went shooting.
Plus I had some other brass to clean too...

The 1st thing I discovered was if you poke a hole in a beer can right here:

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It doesn't Glug at all when I pour it out and make my red beer all foamy...

Even cheap beer is pretty good with some tomato juice!!

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I took my vibrator out-side and my sifter and bucket and dumped and sorted the brass.

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I had some 45 ACP and some 223 in the vibrator.
I do this outside on my deck because it's such a messy process - It seems like that corncob media gets everywhere.
Someday, I'd like to get one of those fancy red spin things with the hand crank to get the media out of my brass...
I think hobbles mentioned he had one or showed a video of it some time ago.
Now, I have to dump it out of each piece of brass by hand.

That thingy at the upper right is the regulator off my grill.
I bought an $89 Wally World Special grill and now it cooks stuff fast!!
So, if you want a cheap 750,000 BTU grill, buy a good sharp knife from Ex, and cut that bitch off.
Hook to hose straight to the tank and ler'r rip!!
You might want to keep a little closer eye on it though...
Love my steaks burnt on the outside and red in the middle. :great:

I loaded up the vibrator with some more brass and tuned it on, and started with the cleaning of guns.

I was looking forward to using some new things I bought to clean my guns.
Some really smart knife-making guy here told me my guns aren't really clean unless you use a jag on them.

So, I bought this:

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and this:

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I always either used paper towels, or cut up an old t-shirt for cleaning patches.
Someone here said, "You dumb-bastard... You can buy patches cheap from this Southern Bloomer Company."
So I did...


The 1st gun I cleaned was my beloved AR with the 24" target barrel and the Timney trigger:
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I usually run a brush down the bore with some Hoppes. then some patches using the eyelet with the split you stick the patch through.
This time, I used the brush 1st, then I got a jag screwed in the rod and one of those patches I bought ready.

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That jag was a REALLY tight fit!! About needed a hammer to get it through!! But it went.

The patch looked like this with just one pass:

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WOW!! That thing was still really dirty!! :shock:
I ran two more patches down the bore and it was clean - Probably as clean as it's ever been!! :thumb:

I cleaned my 308 next:

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And had the same result..

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I was pretty surprised at how dirty the bore was!!
I hope my 308 shoots the same - It just might shoot better... ;)

Next I took my beloved 45 JHP Hi-Point pistol down and cleaned the bore on it with a jag:

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It wasn't quit as dirty ad the rifles - Because of the shorter barrel maybe??
I did buy a "Snake" for my JHP and have used it every time I've cleaned it almost since it was new.

Anybody know what this blue shit is on this paper towel??
It came off the spring in the picture:

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The picture shows it OK - but I thought that was weird - Blue... What would be blue on that recoil spring?? :hmmm:

Anyway, I WILL have to give Ex credit for telling me to use a jag!!
He was exactly right - those things do an incredible job getting that bore clean.
I never even considered using a jag until he suggested it.

And the patches too - I didn't know Southern Bloomer sold patches - and they work great.
They're a lot better patch that the few that came with my cleaning kit.
It didn't take many patches to get a clean bore either!! So I probably have a lifetime supply.

So, Thanks for the help Ex!!

So, from now on, I'll be using a jag to clean my guns

Oh - and here's that load of brass I had polishing in the vibrator.
I set a timer and I spent 3-1/2 hours cleaning my guns so that's how long this brass was polished!!

It was 308 and 223 brass together.
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It's all polished and pretty now!! :D

Thanks for reading!! :cool:

Author:  Cornhusker [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

Who says you can't have fun by yourself?
All you need is a vibrator and a little lube..........That is to say, "vibratory cleaner" and some gun lube...and guns...and stuff and.....you know what I mean :hmmm:

Author:  jasonsch [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

Cornhusker wrote:
Who says you can't have fun by yourself?
All you need is a vibrator and a little lube..........That is to say, "vibratory cleaner" and some gun lube...and guns...and stuff and.....you know what I mean :hmmm:

:laugh: :roflol: :funny: :roflol: :laugh: :roflol: :funny: :mrgreen:

Damn it Husker... You are GOOD!!

Author:  waltham41 [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

He is, isn't he :)

Author:  Cornhusker [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

Tank you beddy muts....I hear all week :mrgreen:

Author:  mogunner [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

I use walnut shell "Lizard litter" in my vibratory cleaner, it's small enough that just tumbling it around in the old colander that I use as a media separator knocks it all out, I don't even have to clean out the flash holes. I recently bought one of the Harbor Freight tumblers but have yet to use it, I have stainless media and Lemishine sitting there waiting, but I have so much brass that I just deprime it and toss it into ice cream buckets and keep shooting the stuff I already have loaded, I went a bit overboard last winter it seems,

For patches I buy cotton flannel remnants at Walmart, I get a good sized roll of it for just a couple bucks. I cut it into 2" squares, these are perfect for cleaning my .50 cal black powder rifle and anything around .30 caliber, so my Mosins and AK. I cut a bunch of those 2" squares into 1" squares which work perfect for the AR's and my .22's.

Author:  Ex_ISP [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

Glad you got the jags! They do make a difference over "eye patching"!!! And it
looks like they needed a good scrubbing!

Author:  srtolly [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:41 pm ]
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I can't comment, I'm still laughing at husker's comment.

Author:  Ex_ISP [ Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

But he speeled "weak" wrogn.

Author:  jasonsch [ Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

mogunner wrote:
I use walnut shell "Lizard litter" in my vibratory cleaner, it's small enough that just tumbling it around in the old colander that I use as a media separator knocks it all out, I don't even have to clean out the flash holes. I recently bought one of the Harbor Freight tumblers but have yet to use it, I have stainless media and Lemishine sitting there waiting, but I have so much brass that I just deprime it and toss it into ice cream buckets and keep shooting the stuff I already have loaded, I went a bit overboard last winter it seems,

For patches I buy cotton flannel remnants at Walmart, I get a good sized roll of it for just a couple bucks. I cut it into 2" squares, these are perfect for cleaning my .50 cal black powder rifle and anything around .30 caliber, so my Mosins and AK. I cut a bunch of those 2" squares into 1" squares which work perfect for the AR's and my .22's.

Mo, I did the "cut up and old cotton t-shirt" thing a couple times...
The old lady would go down on me and clean my "reloading area" - and throw the t-shirts away!!
She thought they were an old dirty rag...

So I used paper-towel for awhile.
Those patches are really nice to use - I love 'em.

The wife's in "cleaning mode" right now, today - I hope she doesn't throw my new patches out...

That colander is a good idea... :great: I might steal one from the old lady and try it next time.

Ex_ISP wrote:
Glad you got the jags! They do make a difference over "eye patching"!!! And it
looks like they needed a good scrubbing!


Yes sir Ex - They did need to be cleaned.
That 308 had exactly 100 rounds through it since the last cleaning.
I don't know if thats a lot for a deer rifle or not??
The AR usually gets at least a couple hundred rounds through it between cleanings.

The poor JHP - I usually put 300-400+ through it between cleanings...
My crappy ammo from my reloading has failed me a lot more than the gun.
It has failed me VERY few times.
Which I say is a testament that Hi-Points are a pretty well made gun.

I think Ex had a C9 with a ca-jillion rounds through it too???


And the lube thing...
I think I'm going to take a short break here and see if the wife needs anything lubed right now... :whistle: :whip:

Author:  Ex_ISP [ Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

My C9 sits at about 5K rounds. Still looks new if you take the slide off and the breach face shows none of the battering yours does. Don't know why...

Author:  mogunner [ Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Gun Cleaning Fest

Actually I think it's an old basket from a deep fat fryer...aluminum, holes in it you know. I have another one I built for when I use the corncob, which is only on straightwall cases, it's basically a 2x4 frame with a piece of plexiglass that I drilled larger holes in for the bigger pieces, as I use the cheap corncob bedding from walmart.

I drink Bud Ice and Campbell's mater juice, some of the cheap stuff is a bit too acidic to me anyways.

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