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Spunger1
09-28-2010, 11:28 PM
Hey guys,

I just got my first rifle (Daniel Defense mid length) and got some slip CLP and their carbon killer for cleaning. My dad was telling me you are suppose to wipe down the gun's exterior with some sort of oil or protection. He had a buddy who suggested rem oil but from what I was reading and finding that stuff isn't so great for the AR. It could be and I'm just miss informed.

So I wanted to see what you guys suggest and use to wipe the gun down with when you're done using it? I have an Otis cleaning kit for it and a bore snake (the fancy Otis kit with a bunch of brushes) and I got the bore cleaning tool from Riflegear as well.

Any help would be great. I bought 1000 rounds of 5.56 brass so I didn't want to pump junk into the gun to break it in. I won't shoot all of that (maybe 200-300 at most) this weekend. Just so happy to get a rifle finally.

Any tid bits though on what to wipe the gun down with when ready to store would be helpful.

Themandalorian
09-28-2010, 11:34 PM
Very light layer of slip CLP should be good, btw I bought this at a gunshow, http://www.midwayusa.com/browse/BrowseProducts.aspx?brandid=1222 some added peace of mind that you just have to velcro it up and you're good

NiteQwill
09-28-2010, 11:37 PM
Wipe it down with super light oil. Oil attracts dirt and grime.

If you're like me, I rarely do anything to the exterior, there is really no need to if you shoot frequently.

G-forceJunkie
09-28-2010, 11:44 PM
Wipe it with CLP, then wipe off most of it with a clean, dry old t-shirt. Leave just enough to saturate the parkerazation on the steel parts. It should look dark, but not wet.

keson
09-29-2010, 12:00 AM
Wipe it with CLP, then wipe off most of it with a clean, dry old t-shirt. Leave just enough to saturate the parkerazation on the steel parts. It should look dark, but not wet.

+1 on CLP & clean T-shirt

quick draw mcgraw
09-29-2010, 12:00 AM
I prefer lard! I find that it helps to draw in game while hunting without getting busted for baiting ala Mr. Nugent!! :D

odysseus
09-29-2010, 12:02 AM
I prefer lard! I find that it helps to draw in game while hunting without getting busted for baiting ala Mr. Nugent!! :D

I like to use the tears of gun-grabbing Brady tards.

Milsurp Collector
09-29-2010, 12:05 AM
I use Eezox on all of my guns http://www.eezox.com/gun-care.html

http://www.johnfjensen.com/acatalog/images/Eezox-4oz.jpg

In three separate independent rust prevention tests Eezox was top-rated

Bottom Line--Eezox and Corrosion-X Are Superior

Use Eezox or Corrosion-X to coat your firearms. Eezox has the advantage that it goes on wet, but protects dry.

http://www.6mmbr.com/corrosiontest.html

Clearly, Eezox was the winner of my tests, followed closely by CLP.

http://www.thegunzone.com/rust.html


After one week, only the EEzOx, Ballistol and Lehighs were rust-free.

http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/corrosion/corrosion2.html

Like CLP, Eezox can also be used as a cleaner and lubricant. Unlike CLP (which I also use for some purposes) it dries instead of remaining oily.

voiceoftheright
09-29-2010, 2:36 AM
There is no need to cover your weapons in anything unless they will be sitting for extensive periods of time. If you take a "lightly covered" rifle out to the field it will be coming back heavily covered with dust/dirt. I read what everyone else said...two tours to Iraq and plenty of weapons handling...you don't need CLP on the outside of your weapon. You need to worry more about proper/consistent cleaning (depending on environment) and there will be no problem with rust. My opinion/experience. Try both ways and see which you prefer.

1811
09-29-2010, 5:39 AM
I throw all my guns in gun socks...

http://www.cabelas.com/fryprod-0/product--Cabelas-Knit-Gun-Socks--741486.uts.shtml

I used to do the CLP thing, but now I wipe the exterior down with a gun polish cloth. There is no real oil left over...it leaves a nice finish.

http://www.brownells.com/1/1/46899-silicone-gun-cloth-silicone-gun-cloth-armor-accessories.html

metalliman545
09-29-2010, 5:48 AM
what i do after going to the ranges, is i clean normal and put wd40 or clp on it and "buff" it so it kinda shines, keeps the NCOs off my *** because if my weapon looks amazing on the outside it must have abosolutly factory clean inside lol

ZX-10R
09-29-2010, 6:54 AM
CLP is what I use inside and out. Before that I use gun scrubber or brake cleaner.

BANG BANG
09-29-2010, 8:14 AM
I use a Hoppes silicone rag for wipe down

Cobra Tactical
09-29-2010, 8:55 AM
MILITEC

https://www.cobratactical.com/Militec-1-Bottle-Weapon-Lubricant_p_2530.html

drunktank
09-29-2010, 12:40 PM
I use a couple drops of either CLP, hoppes, outers, or tetra on a cotton patch and wipe down all the metal on whatever gun I just cleaned. What ever is in front of me at the time is what I use.

For personal reference, I've owned guns that were sitting for years in foam padded cases, and placed in garages or closets here in southern California. All were coated with the above stuff and no signs of surface rust anywhere on my firearms. My father in law sprays everything down with WD-40 and stores in a foam padded case before putting his guns away and they see much storage time between outings. No rust on any of his stuff.

Point being, I don't personally recommend the wd-40, foam pads, etc., but as long as you wipe your stuff down every so often or after you use it, you should be good to go.