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These are the cleaning tools and supplies that I use when cleaning my Buckmarks. A Patchworm kit, cleaning patches, a small bottle of solvent, a small bottle of gun oil, a silicone cloth, a few toothpicks, a box of q-tips, and a roll of paper towels is all you really need. Other stuff, like bronze brushes, dental picks, bore snakes, cleaning mats, etc., can make cleaning quicker or easier, but you can do a good job without them.
|Wood stick cotton swabs
- Pro Tip: Use pliers to crush the end of the q-tip when you need to fit a smaller space (under the extractor, in the extractor groove in the barrel, etc.)
- Pro Tip: Pull 80% of the cotton off to clean inside 1/8" holes
- Ones made for gun cleaning are stronger and shed less lint, but are much more expensive.
- Normal 3" swabs work great for most things, but sometimes you need longer swabs (6" or 8").
- Ones made for gun cleaning can be found with larger cotton heads, sized for 9mm, 45, etc. The 9mm ones are great for cleaning inside the grip/magazine well on a Buckmark.
|Amazon - cotton swabs wood sticks
- RamRodz: Very Good (22 cal) (9mm)
- Royal: Good
- Sound Body: Ok
- Amoray: Ok
- H&B: Weak
- For removing gunk from inside edges, for applying grease, and for use as slave pins
- Round ones tend to be stronger and pointier and better for corners, but flat ones (sandwich picks) are good for spreading, scraping, and sandpaper backing. I use both kinds.
|Amazon - toothpicks wood
- Plastic (delrin) picks are great for scraping (can reach where toothpicks are too short).
- Brass picks are good for really hard fouling, and are not likely to scratch the gun.
- Metal picks are good for really hard fouling, and cheap, but you need to be careful not to scratch the gun. Steel picks are stronger, which is great when using them to pull on stuff, or to pry things apart.
Midway USA - Tiption Plastic Picks
Midway USA - Hoppes Brass Picks
Brownells - Lyman Pick and Brush Set
Amazon - Gun Cleaning Picks
- Blue shop towels are better than kitchen style (absorbent, lay flat, less lint).
- A couple layers makes a reusable, but ultimately disposable cleaning pad.
- Cut into quarters makes a good size for general gun cleaning tasks.
|Amazon - scott shop towels
|Bore Cleaning Solvent
- Hoppes #9 is the standard, and is fairly mild.
Rimfire Blend, M-Pro 7, and others are good, too.
- Do not need a copper solvent, unless shooting copper covered bullets.
- Small 4oz bottle is plenty.
Brownells - Hoppes #9
Midway USA - Hoppes #9
Natchez - Hoppes #9
|Gun Oil / Grease
- Thin Oil: Remington RemOil
- Medium Oil: Mil-Comm MC2500
- Thick Oil: Shooter's Choice FP-10
- Grease: Mil-Comm TW25B
- Dry Lube (for magazines): Hornady Dry Lube
- Action Lube (for hammer/sear): Brownells Action Lube
- Only need a few ounces.
Natchez - Rem Oil
Brownells - Mil-Comm Oil
Midway USA - FP-10
Brownells - Hornady Dry Lube
Brownells Action Lube
(cleaner, lubricant, protector)
- Good for cleaning metal parts.
- Breakfree CLP is the standard, but many others are available.
- Liquid is better than foam or spray; easier to control application.
- Small 4oz bottle is plenty.
Brownells - Breakfree CLP
Natchez - Breakfree CLP
Midway USA - all CLP options
|Bore Cleaning Tools
- Patchworm pull-through system works well, and only costs $11, but lacks bronze brush option.
- Traditional cleaning rods work well, but cannot be used on Buckmarks without some disassembly of the gun.
- Some pull-through systems have brush options, but they need to be VERY short to fit between the barrel and slide.
Patchworm Field Kit
Natchez - Pro-Shot Cleaning Kit
Midway USA - Pro-Shot 22 cleaning kit
Midway USA - Carbon Fiber Cleaning Rod
Midway USA - Tipton Carbon Fiber Cleaning Rod
Midway USA - Pro-Shot Pull-through Cleaning Kit
- For 22 caliber, 7/8" or 3/4" size patches are good. Thin patch material can use 1" size.
- Cotton flannel is traditional and works well.
- I like Patchworm 7/8" patches; they are cheap $9 for 500, and work fine.
- I dislike the synthetic (non-cotton) Hoppes patches; too thin and not very absorbent.
Patchworm - 7/8" cotton patches, round
Midway USA - Pro-Shot cotton flannel patches, square
Midway USA - Butch's Triple Twill patches
|Cleaning Rod Ends
When using a cleaning rod after disassembly.
- A patch holder loop holds a patch loosely. Good for applying solvent or oil.
- A jag pierces the patch and holds it tightly. Good for removing solvent, oil, and grime.
- A bronze brush dipped in solvent scrapes the inside of the bore. Good for heavy cleaning.
- A nylon brush scrapes the inside of the bore. Good for moderate cleaning.
- A mop is good for applying solvent or oil, but gets dirty quickly.
Midway USA - Pro-Shot 22 Jag
Midway USA - Tipton 22 Jag
Midway USA - Bore Tech Loop
Midway USA - Otis Bronze Brush
Midway USA - Pro-Shot Bronze Brush
Midway USA - Pro-Shot Bore Mop
Midway USA - Dewey Bore Mop
- Used to clean the chamber area, which can develop a carbon ring, causing reliability issues.
- A .25 caliber rifle-length bronze brush bent into an L-shape so that the brush part of the tip is the length of a 22 round, works well for this.
Midway USA - Dewey 25 caliber rilfe brush
Midway USA - Pro-Shot 25 caliber rilfe brush
- Used at the end of the cleaning process to wipe down the entire outside of the gun. Safe on metal, wood, and plastic.
- Great for removing fingerprints from metal.
- Helps prevent rust.
- Leaves gun looks great.
Natchez - Pro-Shot Silicone Cloth
Brownells - Kleen Bore Silicone Cloth
Brownells - Birchwood Casey Silicone Cloth
This process takes about 20-30 minutes once you've done it a few times.