View Full Version : Best ar15 cleaning kit?

04-25-2010, 3:45 AM
which is the best kit that you all have used preferably for .223? i am finishing my rifle soon and want a good cleaning kit, preferable a home kit, not a Otis type field kit. a cleaning mat would be nice too.

04-25-2010, 11:39 AM
I would get the following:

Dewey or Tipton carbon fiber rod
bronze bore brushes
bore guide
AR chamber brush
your favorite bore solvent
clp or favorite lubricant

I think that should do it unless I forgot something

04-25-2010, 11:42 AM
this is what i use and nothing more:

m-pro 7 gun cleaner
break free CLP
.223 bore snake
cut up clean old t-shirts
gun cleaning "tooth" brush

i'm too lazy to use rods and jags and stuff. i just run the bore snake a few times and i'm good to go.

04-25-2010, 11:51 AM
I use to run half of a .45 patch down the barrel. One swipe and it is clean.

04-25-2010, 12:39 PM
I use the Otis Kit. Works well for me.

04-25-2010, 12:43 PM
What about the gas tube? What’s the preferred method to clean that?

04-25-2010, 12:46 PM
Just shoot it. I think 60k psi of gas should take care of it. I have never needed to clean it with pipe cleaners or any other method. If you really want to clean, try some non chlorinated brake cleaner from Walmart.

04-25-2010, 12:54 PM
I use a bore snake, break free CLP, old toothbrush and Q-Tips. I am also using some Slip 2000 EWL that I got as a gift and that stuff seems to work well.

04-25-2010, 12:56 PM
elbow grease

04-25-2010, 1:03 PM
Dewey Nylon-coated one-piece rod
1 Brass brush - 1 Brass patch jag
Bore guide
Chamber brush
Your cleaner and lube of choice
Lotsa patches

04-25-2010, 1:07 PM
I use:
-brass cleaning rod & jags
-bore & chamber brushes
-Slip 2000 or Hoppes oil & solvent

04-25-2010, 1:13 PM
otis kit, it literally will take care of almost all common calibers out there and its around $35

Once A Marine
04-25-2010, 1:15 PM
I use the Otis kit supplemented with:

several "toothbrush" type cleaning brushes
cotton t-shirt rags ("wiping cloths" from Home Depot or Lowes, in the paint section, boxes come in several pounds)
generic qtips (good time to get the ears, too)
solvent/cleaner/lube of choice
chamber brush/swabs

I don't spend much time - just a wipe down after shooting, and a couple of patches down the bore, quick chamber cleaning, scrape off any accumulated crust from the bolt/carrier, then lube back up.

04-25-2010, 1:18 PM
I use the Otis as well. I supplement it with some toothbrushes, too. I have a few bore snakes for quick cleaning at the range.

Group B
04-25-2010, 2:20 PM
if you're going to use a rod to clean, just make sure its one-piece

04-25-2010, 2:33 PM
Boresnake for the win!

old toothbrush, q-tips, and old cotton undies or anything lint free..

any clp will work.. I suggest one you like the smell of.. :rolleyes:


Calif Mini
04-25-2010, 3:24 PM
any clp will work.. I suggest one you like the smell of.. :rolleyes:

OOOHH.......the smell of Hoppe's nitro #9 in the morning..

I also use clean room wipes I have accumulated and they are really lint free.

04-25-2010, 3:32 PM
I probably don't run through enough ammo per range visit to need anything more than a Boresnake n' Hoppe's