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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Question.

Shot my GSG last weekend for the first time since I got it back from servicing. I know the .22 is a dirty son of a gun but I want to make sure I get the barrel good and clean. Shot a mix of lead and copper plated ammo.

As far as getting it clean, the solvent I have is some of that hoppes 9 stuff. Is that going to be good enough or do I need of get one of the ones that says its a copper solvent? As far as cleaning supplies I have a basic rod / .22 brush / patches and a .22 bore snake.

Then my next question, how do you know when its clean enough? Not like I have a bore scope and its pretty hard ( to my under-experienced eye ) to tell if its as clean as it needs to be to prevent a repeat of what happened last time.


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 11:28 AM
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Cleaning is subjective to each person.

"Clean" is when you can run a patch through the bore and have it come out white, but even close to that (grayish) would suffice IMO.

Personally, I don't think you need the copper remover until after several hundred "jacketed" rounds.

M-Pro 7 is a good cleaner too, but I believe the Hoppes 9 may be just as good.

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If you brush your barrel well after firing, there really isn't a need for a copper solvent or a lead one. (Your brush should scrub the residue off). Now if you wait and fire your gun for like 3000 rounds or so, then you'll need to use a solvent.

I run patches down my barrels until they aren't BLACK. Usually a light gray is fine with me. I then run a patch of CLP down the barrel to coat the barrel with a light oil. I also take my semi's down and clean the gas port.

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