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3 years 39 weeks ago, 11:32 AM

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Hey everyone, a couple cleaning questions on an AR.

First, is there any reason NOT to use a barrel brush by itself without a patch around it to knock down any powder/carbon. It seems that typically it's way too tight to get the brush AND patch through there.

Second, what is a good way to get the carbon build up off the backside of the piston? Pic VVV

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj77/grant22_2000/Forum%20Crap/CIMG18...

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 12:05 PM

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Everyone will do it a little different. I usually run a patch through first, then a brush or snake, then another patch. Use pretty much any good 3 in 1 and an old rag, Q tip or tooth brush to wipe everything down real good to get the build up off. Q tips were made form cleaning and lubing AR rifles.

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 12:08 PM

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How about the hard crusted on carbon on the backside of the piston in the pic I attached? Thx

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 2:52 PM

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not piston. A brush has always worked fine for me with slip 725. I've never used it, but slip makes a carbon killer also.

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 4:08 PM

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brass brush,i use wd40,hoppes#9,and Birchwood Casey Gunscrubber,that stuff works really well for me.The wd40 is a something i have done for decades,so it's hard to break that habit.I don't use a cleaning rod anymore,just a bore snake and i have a bore light i use to make sure it's clean,this cleaning method hasn't failed me yet.Q-tips for tight spots.silicone cloth to finish over everything.

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 4:15 PM

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Good call on the Birchwood Casey. I was about to suggest that. Grant, LBC is right with about that. That stuff is a Godsend.

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 4:27 PM

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I'll look into that stuff. Thanks guys!

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 4:29 PM

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"I put that shit on everything",when i got the Mosin Nagant,gunscrubber just melted the cosmoline off,i was pretty surprised because i used gasoline when i cleaned the 2 sks i bought back in 83,thought i'd have to do it again.

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 5:29 PM

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Yeah, my Model 11 went a few years without seeing any action and I had lubed it good before that, so it was gunked up real good. I just sprayed that shit in, and all the goo ran out. It was like I had a shiny new receiver.

A word of caution, though, Grant. Do it outside. And be careful of what you are holding it over. I'd lay down newspaper. Also, it does such a good job of cleaning crud off, you will want to give a light spray of some oil after. Because it will be bare metal.

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3 years 39 weeks ago, 7:52 PM

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And just spit on it, call it a dirty whore then put it up! LOL!!

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sounds familiar....lol

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Carbon on bolt...

I do the scary method.... I scrape it off. I generally use a brass scraper, but sometimes just use my pocket knife.

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