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Old December 8th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #1
 
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What the best for cleaning inside of magazines, springs, etc..? I heard something called rem oil might work? Thanks



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You guys have different "named" cleaning agents there but I'll bet they are similiar though.
I have only cleaned my magazines as new, not particularly sure how often they should be done. Should maybe make it an annual occurence?
I use a CLP called G96.
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I do not put any oil or grease on my mags. Just use a dry brush on the inside and outside, wipe it with a dry cotton rag and dust it with moly powder using a small paint brush. The same goes for the spring and the follower. Never had any problems.

I certainly do not want any "wet" and sticky part in my mags as I regularly drop them on the ground in mu USPSA matches.

If you think that you need to dissolve some crud then probably any gun cleaning solvent/lubricant would be good, but I'd wipe it all out well.
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I don't clean mine unless they've been someplace to get dirty, like the ground.

When I do clean them (like right after I buy them) I leave all the SS & plastic ones bone dry. (Common practice for the local LEOs)

The blued mag, like for my M1A get cleaned then a light coating of BirchWood Casey "Rust Blocker". It also has a slight lube quality. When it drys out you can't see it and it's non-sticky.

I also examine the springs quite closely for corrosion and per above, give them a coat of the BirchWood product.
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BirchWood Casey "Rust Blocker"?

If it dries to a non-sticky coat, I'm going to try it. Thanks for the tip.
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BirchWood Casey "Rust Blocker"?

If it dries to a non-sticky coat, I'm going to try it. Thanks for the tip.
Here's a link to it on Midway. This is a spray can, but I use it from a small can.

Barricade Rust Preventative 6oz Aerosol

To apply inside the mag, I use a Q-Tip. Be sure to RTFM. Shake very well and don't over do it.

As an experiment I took some old rusty hammers and sanded their heads to bright metal. Applied the Barricade and stuck them in my tool box. This box is in a un-heated garage right next to the clothes dryer vent. It's been months (year?) and they still look good. Your mileage will vary.
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I do not put any oil or grease on my mags. Just use a dry brush on the inside and outside, wipe it with a dry cotton rag and dust it with moly powder using a small paint brush. The same goes for the spring and the follower. Never had any problems.

I certainly do not want any "wet" and sticky part in my mags as I regularly drop them on the ground in mu USPSA matches.

If you think that you need to dissolve some crud then probably any gun cleaning solvent/lubricant would be good, but I'd wipe it all out well.

Same here. CLP only if needed
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I don't lube my mags at all. I keep the blue touched up with Birchwood-Casey Super Blue. To clean, I use some old coffee percolator brushes I picked up at a thrift store, still in the packages. I don't know if anyone makes them anymore, as the only percolators I've seen in years are in camping equipment.

They're made to clean inside the stem of the percolator basket, about a half inch O.D.. Perfect for rimfire mags.
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You guys have different "named" cleaning agents there but I'll bet they are similiar though.
I have only cleaned my magazines as new, not particularly sure how often they should be done. Should maybe make it an annual occurence?
I use a CLP called G96.
I just started using G96. I find it does a great job too. I will spray a little of the G96 on a microfiber towel and pull it through the mag 2-3 times and then rub the spring down with a paint trim brush that has some g96 on the brush to give a little coating of CLP then re assemble. Of course, this only happens once or twice a year so far. Mostly just wipe down the exterior with a microfiber cloth.
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For me it all depends on the material of the mag and how often I use it. Any plastic mag I don't lube but a metal one that will be in storage will get a light coat of CLP. I live in a damp climate and if I don't protect them they will rust.

I collect WWII and Vietnam era magazines, enblocs, and strippers.
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In over 40 plus years of shooting,never had to break down a magazine,just wipe down cleant with oil and a soft cloth,Will probably catch some flack for this one. Merry Christmas,God Bless our military past and present who keep the United States of America Safe and Secure.
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In over 40 plus years of shooting,never had to break down a magazine,just wipe down cleant with oil and a soft cloth,Will probably catch some flack for this one. Merry Christmas,God Bless our military past and present who keep the United States of America Safe and Secure.

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I just run a couple sheets of wadded-up toilet paper through my 22/45 Mk. III mags on the end of a cleaning rod. Powder solvent beforehand if needed. Hoppes #9 solvent actually leaves behind a slight protective coating on blued steel in my experience. I don't know about you guys, but good-quality toilet paper sees to my guns quite a bit (lol).
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I just run a couple sheets of wadded-up toilet paper through my 22/45 Mk. III mags on the end of a cleaning rod. Powder solvent beforehand if needed. Hoppes #9 solvent actually leaves behind a slight protective coating on blued steel in my experience. I don't know about you guys, but good-quality toilet paper sees to my guns quite a bit (lol).
I bet you do a crappy job of cleaning.

Actually if it works keep doing it. I buy cheap cotton wash clothes from wally world and use them the same way. I usually have at least one rag hanging around with a light coat of oil on it for wiping weapons/tools around. i live in a damp climax and rust is a problem with everything.

In general cleaning is not my problems but rather dealing with rust. Any weapon I don't plan on shootin' in a couple months gets a heavy coat of oil. So much oil that it needs to be cleaned before shootin'.
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I use a CLP called G96.
the most wonderfull smelling stuff in the world. i keep it stocked up and use the heck out of it
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