View Full Version : Stainless steel barrel cleaning...how?

11-14-2007, 10:13 AM
I've searched and didn't find the right answer. What is the best way to clean a stainless steel barrel after a hard day of shooting? Which cleaning kit you guys use and how? I picked up a boresnake to use at the range, but do you use any other solution with the boresnake for a more effective cleaning? Please post links if you have them. Also, is there certain brands/types I should avoid?

thanks guys

11-14-2007, 10:37 AM
I use a coated rod along with either a bore guide or muzzle guide and for solvent.. Kroil.......

11-14-2007, 10:39 AM
Bore guide, coated rod and Wipeout. Montana Extreme is another solvent I use for copper that does a great job. Just with patches for me...no brushes.

11-14-2007, 10:55 AM
I know this question is very dependent on type/rifle, but how often do you guys clean your stainless steel barrel rifle?

11-14-2007, 11:04 AM
I know this question is very dependent on type/rifle, but how often do you guys clean your stainless steel barrel rifle?

Depends - I have a SS barrel on one of my prec rifles and it gets cleaned whenever accuracy begins to drop - usually between 300 - 500 rounds depending on the powder I use. I also clean whenever I change powders such as when I switch from a RE15 load to a I4895 load.

11-14-2007, 11:10 AM
I know this question is very dependent on type/rifle, but how often do you guys clean your stainless steel barrel rifle?

I'm the same as twolf. I go about 300 rounds between cleanings on my bolt guns.

11-14-2007, 1:29 PM
+1 otis

11-16-2007, 2:59 PM
when I go to the range, I usually shoot only 40-60 rounds on a rifle and spend most of my time with my friend's handgun. Even after 40-60 rounds, the rifle seems a little dirty. Since the consensus here is that most clean after 300-400 round, you guys are "OK" with storing your gun dirty? I'm a neat freak and my guns always have to look spotless. Well, after further reading on this forum, it seems like "over" cleaning will harm your gun too.

For those who clean after 300 rounds or so, what do you do if you shoot less than that at the range? Do you just keep the gun dirty the way it is and not worry about it? Do you use a boresnake for a quick clean and do an intense cleaning after 300 rds?

11-16-2007, 3:03 PM
www.bluewonder.us/default.asp Good stuff.

11-16-2007, 3:28 PM
www.bluewonder.us/default.asp Good stuff.

Thanks, I'll definitely give this a try.

Here is what I have so far on my shopping list. Is there anything I'm missing guys?

Tipton Rifle Bore Brush 30 Caliber 8 x 32 Thread (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=291342&t=11082005)

EJS Bore Guide #9 (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=164439&t=11082005) - Is this the right size for .308 caliber?

Tipton Cleaning Patches 27 to 348 Caliber (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=444068&t=11082005)

ipton Rifle Bore Brush 30 Caliber 8 x 32 Thread Nylon (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=291342&t=11082005)

Dewey Rifle Cleaning Jag 30 to 323 Caliber 8 x 32 Male Thread Brass (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=649355&t=11082005)

Hoppe's 3-Piece Rifle Cleaning Rod 30 Caliber 33" Aluminum 8 x 32 Thread (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=792577&t=11082005)

Break-Free Bore Paste Bore Cleaning Solvent 2 oz (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=973525&t=11082005) - How does this stuff compare to the bluewonder stuff? Any one tried this stuff yet?

Am I missing anything? Thanks in advance for answering these noob questions. :)

11-16-2007, 3:57 PM
Hoppe's 3-Piece Rifle Cleaning Rod 30 Caliber 33" Aluminum 8 x 32 Thread (http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=792577&t=11082005)

Get a 1 piece coated Dewey rod, not a 3 piece aluminum rod....3 piece aluminum is the worst of the worst...

11-16-2007, 4:03 PM
Carbon fiber rods are nice. My only complaint is the ferrules have a tendency to detach from the rod (glued in). A few of my friends have had that issue with both Tipton and Protec carbon fiber rods. I have the same thing happen to my 22cal Protec. As long as you don't try to pull back with the rod in the bore, then it won't matter, but sometimes you want to do some short stroking on the throat with a wet patch and the fact that the ferrule comes off the rod is a problem. I need to use some Super Glue to resecure the ferrule on my Protec.

Personally, I still prefer Deweys. The steel rods don't flex anywhere near as much as carbon fiber, and the coating does an effective job of protecting against the eventual bore to rod contact.

As far as cleaning, I like the articles on 6mmbr.com:


I don't like them because I necessarily agree with the content, but because the articles contain several opinions from different people, and those opinions differ. It's a very good article demonstrating that there isn't necessarily a completely correct method of cleaning. But there are more effective methods than others.

11-16-2007, 5:04 PM
I use a stainless rod with a ball bearing handle and only brass or nylon jags. I use Wipeout and occasionally Kroil for powder fouling.

I don't like to leave carbon steel barrels uncleaned ever. But, like the guys above the stainless barrels will go until their accuracy starts to be affected.

11-17-2007, 8:30 PM
Is the EJS bore guide #9 the right size for .308 caliber?

11-17-2007, 8:47 PM
Tipton CF rods/Tipton Best Bore Brushes/Tipton UltraJags/USP BorePaste & Oil/ALL Hoppe's Elite Products/Southern Bloomer patches cut to size. Oh, and a Sinclair BoreGuide for each gun (if applicable).

11-17-2007, 8:58 PM
Use a one-piece rod! Keep away from the multi-piece rods for a target rifle.
All the benchrest guys use one piece rods. I'm so anal about it that I have one for each rifle (even though I have 3 .224 rifles). I don't care for stainless steel rods because they may scratch the barrel. I use a coated one-piece dewey rod. I wipe the rod between each stroke in the rifle and I replace the rod if I feel something rough on it. (So far I've only replaced two rods, one of which became my AK cleaning rod.)

I use butch's bore shine in my non-chrome-lined barrels, followed by dry patches and then oil. If I'm still shooting, I then use dry patches and shoot. I never use a bore brush. I use patches only.

I didn't see a bore guide. To me this is a must-have.

I tend to clean my target rifles after 15-20 shots, but that is because a benchrest guy taught me that was the 'right' way when he sold me his two wonderfully accurate rifles. My impression is that cleaning the rifle can only damage it if you try to clean it quickly and cause the rod to bend as you push it through or if you allow the rod to fall onto the muzzle as you push the patch through.

I clean my 'target AR' every 30 shots or so, even though it may not need it.

On a typical day, I would shoot 40-60 rounds through a target rifle or 200-300 through a less accurate rifle. The less accurate ones I clean each time I shoot, regardless if it is one round or 300,however, I always clean as if the rifle were a BR rifle.

11-17-2007, 10:24 PM
Thanks guys for all this info..

Keep 'em coming!

11-17-2007, 10:54 PM
Butches Boreshine is the way to go. Really strong stuff so be careful how you use it.

12-06-2007, 9:58 PM
The description on the rod is a bit confusing...


It says 30C36. Does this mean it's for .30 caliber and the rod is 36 inch long?

Also, I've been cleaning my rifle with just a boresnake and haven't put any oil patches down the bore. Will this make my barrel corrosive?

12-07-2007, 8:07 PM
This stuff works for me.

Dr. Peter Venkman
12-07-2007, 8:27 PM
I use Hoppes #9 and Breakfree CLP. Works fine in killing the corrosive stuff.

Foam Cleaner makes the process take only 1/2 the time.