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Posted: April 27 2018 at 8:38am | IP Logged Quote M700

Just returned from my three-week trip through the southwest. Camped for a week or so before Mama joined me in Arizona. I had two handguns with me, a 45 Kimber 1911 and a very compact 9mm Kahr. Both good, American made guns.

Dang, did they get dusty! The desert wind can sure stir up some dust & sand. I didn't even shoot them, but did wipe them off time to time. Came home and gave 'em a good cleaning. They didn't seem to need one while I was on the trip, just a good wipe-down to get rid of the sand & dust.

Last year on the trip to Alaska and back, also about three weeks, I had just one firearm, a blued steel 30-06 in a walnut stock. I kept it in the hard case all the way up and back, in my Jeep, and camped most nights.

At our arctic camp for nine days, there was rain and/or sleet off and on pretty much every day. Again, I wiped down my Remington 700 daily, with an oily rag. Kept it from rusting. And kept it ready to go. Shot the bear on the 7th day of a nine-day hunt, rifle was ready to go.

I had a small cleaning kit with me on both trips, so I could take care of my firearms. It was pretty simple:

A little Hoppe's solvent.
A little Hoppe's lube.
Some patches.
A bore-snake for the rifle.
A cleaning rod & nylon bristle brush
Some patches appropriate for the calibers

Also had some appropriate screwdrivers & wrenches for disassembly if necessary.

Really very compact, and the kits did just fine, though I didn't need to detail clean at all in the field. That chore happened at home after each trip.

You guys take a little cleaning/maintenance kit with you on trips?

Guy

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 10:06am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

A Ranger's greatest cleaning tool.

A shaving brush.

Flicks off dust fast, and from every nook & cranny. When
done a few passes of striking the bristles across an
edge back and forth to clean the brush. Then a drop of
oil in the bristles and you re-oil the weapon in seconds.

Today, my field cleaning kit it an Otis Tactical kit with
a G.I. oiler full of Ballistol. Cleans everything from A
10ga down to a .177cal peashooter. Marvelous kit about
the size of a small can of tuna. And the shaving
brush! It's a must have.

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Posted: April 27 2018 at 3:47pm | IP Logged Quote RECURVE

Been usen a brush for years good tip
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Posted: April 27 2018 at 5:41pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Some of my guns come with a cleaning kit
built into the weapon. I understand that
it isn't always possible with every gun
especially compact weapons like handguns
but built in cleaning rod under the barrel
and other cleaning supplies stored in a
trap-door cavity or two in the stock like
on some military surplus guns can be so
handy.

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Posted: April 28 2018 at 8:06am | IP Logged Quote USA Joe

Hi all :) Cleaning kits & rods live in my P/U truck ! Joe

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Posted: April 30 2018 at 2:42pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Most of the time..unless you are shooting hundreds of rounds at a time a wipe down on the exterior with some light oil on a cloth is adequate.

There are some very cloth like paper towels that with a bit of oil will remove any surface debris.

Most of the modern semi autos are mostly stainless, and again unless they have been shot a lot, only need a little surface cosmetic cleaning.

The fussiest hand gun I ever owned, and still do, is my AMT Hardballer. The directions that came with the gun stated that the rails had to be lubricated with either synthetic grease or a vegetable base lube.

Those early frame/slide SS alloys were prone to galling, hence the need for non petroleum based lubes.

The rule of thumb, is that for carbon steel use a good oil, for stainless a synthetic grease on the rails is advised.

My Ruger American .45 has SS rails and slide, Ruger advises a bit of grease on the contact points.

As with all things..moderation is best. Too much cleaning and oiling can be detrimental.

M700 .. Tell us about your Alaskan bear.

My first Alaskan bear was a nuisance that I shot with my series 70 Colt.    
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Posted: May 05 2018 at 1:28pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

"M700 .. Tell us about your Alaskan bear."

Go to the hunting forum, it's there with lots of pictures.
"Arctic Grizzly Hunt" Page two.

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Posted: May 05 2018 at 7:41pm | IP Logged Quote M700

John Van Gelder wrote:

M700 .. Tell us about your Alaskan bear.

My first Alaskan bear was a nuisance that I shot with my series 70 Colt.    


John - sorry, didn't realize you'd missed my epic adventure. Almost a year ago I drove my Jeep to Fairbanks. Parked it there, hopped on a tiny little plane. Landed way the heck out there. Camped for nine days in a backpacking tent well above the arctic circle.

Four of us in camp at first, then just me and one guide.

On day seven, we found and stalked an arctic grizzly. It was one heck of a hunt. I ended up with the grizzly and a white wolf when all was said and done. The good old 30-06 performed superbly:





One heck of an experience. And ya, the hunt is avail in far more detail in the hunting section of this forum.

Regards, Guy

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Posted: May 05 2018 at 7:45pm | IP Logged Quote M700

The bear isn't big compared to the big ol' coastal brownies. But, this wasn't the coast and this was a hard-scrabble arctic grizz. Exactly what I wanted. :)

By day seven, I'd resigned myself to coming home without a bear, and trying to figure out how to justify diving deeper into my savings account to fund a return trip for the grizz. Then suddenly, I didn't have to do that.

The hunt was everything I wanted, and more. A mile plus stalk. Then a LOT of shooting at 40 yards and in.

And simply living in the arctic for a while... I'd love to fly back in there with a fly rod and a 44 and my backpacking tent in the summer, and just, exist. Experience. I'd live there if I could.

Guy
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Posted: May 18 2018 at 7:48pm | IP Logged Quote MontanaWolf

Whats cleaning?

(Yeah I know Ol Ranger is gonna flip a gasket AGAIN, LOL).
I never clean a weapon unless accuracy deteriorates or it starts to malfunction.
Case in point, I have 1 Walther PPQ that has well over 10000 rounds through it, shoots great, never been cleaned.   Have another PPQ that is more finicky, it will start to jamb after about 3000- 5000 go through it.
My 45ACP is the wimpiest, it needs a cleaning every 500 or so. But all my pistols, 1000s through each, no problem, they all shoot great.
Same with rifles just cleaned my 22WMR after 10 yrs of gopher hunting cuz I was missing. Turned out after I was still missing. Scope must have took a whack cuz I was 6" left and 3 High at 100. Reset it, not missing anymore, bugs me cuz I think I cleaned it for no good reason.
But to answer your question, yep, even I keep some Hoppes, some oil, some patches, a bore brush, a rod and some rags for every caliber I take with me, just in case.

IT IS OK RANGER, take a few deep breaths, breath, you'll be OK.

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Posted: May 18 2018 at 8:00pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

@MontanaWolf

If your a civi, you can get away with
that until you start shooting surplus ammo
that is corrosive.

You only have to forget to clean once
after shooting corrosive ammo and it will
learn yah! Also, watch it with some of
the cheapo imported 22-lr ammo, some of
that stuff is a little behind the times
and if it ain't technically corrosive it
ain't far from it.

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Posted: May 18 2018 at 10:07pm | IP Logged Quote MontanaWolf

Yeah, I agree, if i did use junk I'd be a cleaning machine. But I do not use corrosive or cheap 22. I load my own, all USA style (LOL, mostly means made in other countries, powder anyway) and use good brand name 22 LR or premo WMR ammo.

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Posted: May 18 2018 at 11:51pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

I pretty much load my own too.

But when surplus is cheaper then I can
reload, especially if brass cased, extra
especially if boxer primed brass case then
I do shoot the corrosive surplus.

And obviously I don't reload 22 rimfire
and when there is a shortage like a couple
years back then you take what you can get!

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Posted: May 19 2018 at 5:13am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Guy

A nice bear, I was hunting Caribou on the Mc Laren river one fall and ran into a pair of grizzlies working the Caribou herd. When I saw them they were about a mile away, I knew that there was at least one bear in the area because I had found a big Bull Caribou, dead and covered with moss. Bears do not like fresh meat, they prefer to let it "cure" a bit.

When I found the dead Carubou, I immediately got on the highest spot I could find. I guarantee your heart rate and respiration will increase if you are in the thick willows armed only with a 70# long bow. I spotted the bears from the top of the hill, a very light tan and a black, the first grizzly that color I had ever seen. Probably a sow and her "child". I went back to camp, got my Blackhawk .45 loaded with 340 gr. bullets, and carried that with me for the rest of the hunt.

For the 22 years I lived up there a little WD40 inside and out, never had a problem with rust..

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Wolf, I'm doing great. If someone doesn't care about
cleaning their weapons why should I worry? Ain't my
weapons.
Gave new grandson a SAA in .357Mag for college graduation
present. Now screws are loose and showing rust. Weapon is
boo-coo dirty and the bore is nasty. Gave it to him in
pristine condition a year ago. If it fails him due to
zero maintenance, well it's not my problem. Gave him a
bottle of my own blend of super cleaning solvent and
great oil for Christmas. If he chooses not to use it,
fine. Not my weapon so it doesn't matter. My weapons are
immaculate and that's what counts in my world.

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Posted: May 19 2018 at 8:22am | IP Logged Quote MontanaWolf

Amen to you Ranger. No rust in mine, I live in semi-desert dry country and have a dehumidifier in safe too. And I do an oil wipe down when needed too.
Why I'd even like to try your secret sauce and oil, might turn me into a cleaner!

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Posted: May 19 2018 at 8:25am | IP Logged Quote MontanaWolf

turbo1889 wrote:
And obviously I don't reload 22 rimfire
and when there is a shortage like a couple
years back then you take what you can get!


Not the way I sing. I stock up in times like this so I have when I need in scarce times and in the long run that saves me $$$$$.

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Posted: May 19 2018 at 12:23pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

Wade

Must be the next generation, I gave my youngest son a Mod 19 S&W, also in pristine condition, the next time I got to look at it there was some surface rust, fortunately no permanent damage. I took the gun back and gave him a stainless one..
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Yes sir, believe you're right. Nice lad. Just doesn't
clean weapons. Fortunately my granddaughter was raised by
me from a toddler. She knows weapons care like a trooper!
HER rifles and handguns are spotless.

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My oldest son, retired Army knows and my daughter both are pretty conscientious about maintaining their fire arms.
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