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Posted: April 24 2018 at 8:55pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I was looking in on a site on one of my favorite things,
weapons cleaning!
There I viewed numerous dedicated tools to cleaning the
black rifle. Many of which were multiple variations of
the same thing. Many "Bolt Scrapers" to remove carbon
from the tapered bolt tail. A scraper? Really? In all my
years I've never seen the need for such a thing. But none
the less there are dozens from little gizmos to hang from
your keychain to multi-tools with all sorts of stuff
attached. Nonsense!

I was repairing these things when they were brand new in
inventory. Squirt a touch of solvent on the bolt and wipe
off the carbon. Pipe cleaners and the dedicated chamber
brush along with you basic cleaning kit and you got
everything. But I see things like spark plug tools,
plyers with attached toys, and the like. Silly stuff! But
the toolmakers tell you that you need 'em! Ha! Gimmicks
to get you to "think you need 'em" but all they want is
to sell you an unnecessary and unneeded tool. What a
racket!



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Posted: April 25 2018 at 1:35pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

But, but... Without by $1,500 in specialty tools, my $400 rifle that I paid $2,000 for will suddenly stop working! Then it won't be able to shoot 1/8 minute while suspended from a giraffe's testicles!

Seriously, though, as someone who owns a couple and has used several others; I tend to agree with one exception: A toothbrush. Those things are just amazing.

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Posted: April 25 2018 at 3:33pm | IP Logged Quote hoghunter

Haven't cleaned a black rifle since the early 70's in the Army. The tools were about as simple as you can image, a field cleaning rod, solvent, and a brush.

One gadget I believe that is worthwhile, especially for bolt rifles, is a rod guide that keeps the rod centered in the bore which aids in avoiding damage to the bore.

I also like the Dewey coated rods and copper solvent resistant jags.
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Posted: April 25 2018 at 4:13pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Toothbrush is part of the basic kit....forgot to mention
that.

And y'all got tough giraffes in your neck of the woods.
   

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After scrubbing a fouled rifle with your choice of solvent, it's important to remember to NOT put the toothbrush back in the bathroom...

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Posted: April 26 2018 at 6:51pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

I always gave mine to the giraffe!

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 11:16am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Truth is, that's how I developed a flinch when shooting rifle. Every time I'd fire a shot, I had to duck to keep the giraffe from kicking me.

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