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Old 11-13-2013, 3:31 PM
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Default Gun cleaning pads?

Ok, time to get a real pad instead of using cardboard or newspaper. I only have pistols so I don't need a long rifle pad but want something a little bigger so there is plenty of space. I researched a little and I think I've narrowed it down to the 16x20 Drymate pad but then read a bunch of bad reviews. I think material like a mousepad would be great to be honest, but maybe I am crazy.

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Old 11-13-2013, 5:10 PM
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I threw this in the cart when ordering some stuff from Cabelas.

I like it. I still lay down some blue shop paper towels or a grocery store flyer ad over it if its a messy job.

But on cleaner projects I like using it. Feels a little more professional then the typical paper towel or newspaper homeade mat.

Im sure there are cheaper ones, check Amazon maybe.

And a old mouse pad would work great.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabel...ts/1370826.uts
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Old 11-13-2013, 8:06 PM
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I use a planet eclipse mat that I use when I clean my paintball markers. It won't slide it's nicely padded, cleans easily and has ribbing and little areas where you can put parts in without worrying about em rolling around.
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Old 11-14-2013, 9:15 AM
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It looks to be in the same league as Tipton or Hoppes cleaning mat so go with the cheapest.
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Old 11-14-2013, 9:23 AM
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I've been using just old thick tshirts folded in half long ways. Absorbs everything and can just roll up when I'm done. I use white shirts so when it gets dirty enough I fold it the other way and have a fresh side to work on.
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Old 11-14-2013, 9:25 AM
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http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...-prod4936.aspx

Expensive, but resistant to solvents - gives great traction and wipes up easily. Mine is stained from use, but the Glock mat and Cabelas mats I had eventually became too saturated with solvents and cleaners. I used several layers of blue shop towels on top of them too. The Ransom Mat has been the one that just held up.

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Edit: the little ridges at the top are awesome to keep parts from escaping. It's one of those things that I never realize I would use, but find myself using it almost every time I use it.

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Check the HD or Lowes for cheap carpeting or rubber mat material...you can get it by the foot and dump it when it starts wearing.

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Old 11-14-2013, 10:38 AM
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http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...-prod4936.aspx

Expensive, but resistant to solvents - gives great traction and wipes up easily. Mine is stained from use, but the Glock mat and Cabelas mats I had eventually became too saturated with solvents and cleaners. I used several layers of blue shop towels on top of them too. The Ransom Mat has been the one that just held up.

My $.02

Edit: the little ridges at the top are awesome to keep parts from escaping. It's one of those things that I never realize I would use, but find myself using it almost every time I use it.

That is a nice one, might have to make a Brownels order.
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Old 11-14-2013, 8:09 PM
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http://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-to...-prod4936.aspx

Expensive, but resistant to solvents - gives great traction and wipes up easily. Mine is stained from use, but the Glock mat and Cabelas mats I had eventually became too saturated with solvents and cleaners. I used several layers of blue shop towels on top of them too. The Ransom Mat has been the one that just held up.

My $.02

Edit: the little ridges at the top are awesome to keep parts from escaping. It's one of those things that I never realize I would use, but find myself using it almost every time I use it.
Actually that isn't such a bad price considering the rifle parts mats that are sold at the gun shows cost $20.

Thanks kodemonkey!
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I use a yoga mat. Works perfect and can cut to size!
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I like TekMat cleaning mats.

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Old 11-23-2013, 12:21 AM
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puppy training pads - single use and absorbent.

i clean my guns at the kitchen table and the only time one of these pads failed to protect was when i accidentally tipped over a bottle of hoppes that didnt have the cap on and a good 3 ounces poured out.
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Old 11-23-2013, 5:13 AM
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I second a rifle length tekmat to clean multiple pistols. Might even be a blk fri item on many sites. Very similar to a mouse pad. Easy to clean, and i just lay a paper towel across to absorb cleaners.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:04 AM
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Following up on this. I found a guy on ebay that makes custom mouse pads in large sizes (14"x24") which would work perfect for me. I sent him my image and should be getting it in a week. Price was $20.
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