Vintage Receiver


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  1. rotorhead on March 17, 2010 8:17 am

    I knew a guy in the Marines who used Easy Off Oven Cleaner on his M16A1. It stripped off the all the parkerization.

    Hot water wont hurt the rifle at all. If you had an air compressor to blow out the water from the nooks and crannies of the upper receiver, that would be even better.

    Personally, I do it the old fashion way. Hoppes, CLP and lots of scrubbing, digging, q-tips, pipe cleaners and patches

  2. Donald W on March 19, 2010 4:49 pm

    I would not use water to clean an AR-15.. I know it takes a while to clean when you use crappy surplus ammo, but I would not use water at all. I know ammo is expensive but, if you can buy better ammo. It is easier to clean and you won’t have as many malfunctions with good ammo. There is some good surplus ammo out there that isn’t as dirty

  3. on March 20, 2010 7:41 pm

    Get some Army issued bore cleaner at the Army & Navy Store, a gun dealer who sells Army surplus, or off of Ebay.* It works Great, forget about using water.*

  4. gentlewolfspaws on March 22, 2010 2:19 am

    The ammonia and/or hot water procedure is used mainly to solve problems associated with corrosive ammunition.

    The ammonia also has some effect upon copper fouling. Ammonia doesn’t replace the need to clean the bore using some form of a cleaning rod and bore brush soaked with bore cleaner.

    Hot water won’t harm a typical AR-15, but it isn’t necessary. Most .223/5.56 ammunition uses non-corrosive primers.

    AR-15’s often require the use of many Q-tips, paper towels or rags, bore cleaners and bore patches. This is normal.

    AR-15’s (and their parent M-16’s) introduced people to the novel idea that a rifle ready for duty was also not going to pass a “white glove” inspection.
    The operation of an AR-15 sends carbon fouling into back into the rifle where it deposits in all sorts of hard-to-get-to places. The nature of CLP also tends to bring out the carbon fouling from the pores of the metal on a slow but continual basis (in my experience). A “clean” rifle yesterday may seem like a “dirty” rifle tomorrow. Again, this is normal (of CLP).

    One way to think of it is that cleaning your rifle is like changing the engine oil of your car. Wipe off the old dirty CLP, then apply a fresh coating of new CLP.
    Usually, only the inside of the bolt-carrier, the surface of the bolt and the inside of the rifle bore require additional effort.

    Follow the Owner’s Manual instructions for cleaning a typical AR-15/M-16. If you don’t have them, they’re here…

  5. the long shot on March 25, 2010 12:22 am

    For god’s sake no! Nothing like making a bigger problem. You can use a product called Gunslick foaming agent, or Shooters choice and a toothbrush and I think you will have better luck.

  6. Second Amendment Defender on March 25, 2010 11:48 pm

    When you buy Hoppes #9 put it in a spray bottle. Then you can squirt it into the tight areas and let it soak in.

    There is no need to soak the AR with water although it will not hurt it if you get it completely dry.

  7. DJ on March 28, 2010 1:41 pm

    If you are using straight ammonia down that Mosin tube it’s likely nice and shiny because it’s too corrosive. You only need a mild solution and a couple of tablespoons will be enough. Don’t overdo it.

    A bit of boiling water will not hurt, but you can get it clean enough with a brass brush and cleaning solutions that will not require the thorough drying that water will.

    Look up “Ed’s Red” cleaning solution. Get together with a couple a friends and make a batch, put it in a gallon gas can and then dispense into smaller bottles for use. One batch will last you and your friends for a couple years.

  8. Gregg Andrews on March 31, 2010 8:59 pm

    It’ll work well. Make sure you dry it out good, and oil it when it is bone dry (do NOT oil it when it is even remotely wet… it’ll trap moisture in some areas). You are all set.

  9. eferrell01 on April 3, 2010 3:40 pm

    For the information of people who haven’t been around as long as I, SOP in the military was clean with a lot of hot water and issue soap. (lye soap) Use the hot water and soap while swabbing with a good bore brush. While this will not harm an AR, it may not be necessary at all unless you use some kind of corrosive ammo.
    A ½ gallon will not be enough though. You must use enough to get the metal hot so it will dry and not leave any water anywhere in the action.
    Then all you have to do is oil it up for the next session.

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