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    Cleaning: rods vs. cables?

    Hi y'all!
    My boyfriend gave me my first gun, a brand new Judge 3" Matte Stainless Steel for my birthday! This will be my first time cleaning a gun... I've learned from this forum I need to remove the factory "gunk" prior to shooting it but with which products?

    Hoppe's No. 9 or Otis? aka Rods vs. Cables?

    Break Free CLP or Ballistol?

    What cleaning products do you prefer and why?

    Many thanks!
    Lisa

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    I use rods, No. 9, and Break Free. Mostly because that's the way I've done it for 30 years. I don't deal well with change. They all work, it's just what you like. I've never actually used a bore snake, but a rod goes both directions easily, the bore snake is a one-way affair. Granted you can run it the opposite direction, but it seems much slower. They are more compact for field use I guess.

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    Thank you! I've heard great things about the BoreSnake but then someone pointed out that unless you wash it after each use, you're redistributing the carbon particles - that kinda makes sense...

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    A lightly oiled bore snake works well for the final pass to remove any excess oil while leaving a light film for protection, of course I have used a rod and patch in the same manner for years. I do use a leather patch to protect the firing pin and blast shield when cleaning a revolver.
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    Boresnakes for us.

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    I use a boresnake on all my guns if I can't clean them for a day or so I just add some Breakfree before the the wire bristles and pull it through a couple of times . Then clean with #9 and Breakfree or Remoil using a rod. Depending how much use it gets and the amount of storage I expect it to have.

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    Thanks all, guess I will pickup that BoreSnake tomorrow at Cabela's afterall!

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    Welcome to our forum! Some comments:

    Never tried Ballistol, but I'd recommend Breakfree CLP. It works very well (better than RemOil), and it's CHEAP from Walmart ($3.97 at mine).

    Boresnakes remove loose fouling quickly, but they are not perfect. I used to use a Boresnake exclusively, then I swabbed the chamber and muzzle with a CLP-moistened Q-tip - they came out gray.

    I'd get a cheap cleaning kit (e.g. Walmart.com: Winchester 99726 Pistol Cleaning Kit: Hunting) to go with it as well. Apply CLP to the barrel, inside and out, and allow it to sit while you clean everything else with Q-tips and rags. Run the Boresnake through the barrel (from the chamber), apply more CLP to the bore, and repeat a total of 3 times or so. Then scrub the bore with the CLP-moistened bronze bore brush (5-10 times). Use a dry patch and pull all the crud out (from the chamber), then swab with a CLP-moistened patch. The second or third time you do it, it should come out clean.

    If I were to start all over, I might've saved my money on the Boresnake ($14 or so).

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    Welcome to the Taurus family! MissKitty just posted some links over in the Bustles, Bows and Bullets section that may answer some of your questions about cleaning.How to maintain and clean your firearm Enjoy your new Judge!
    Last edited by Taurus777; 04-22-2012 at 12:16 PM.

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    Great information guys, thank you!

 

 

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