Comes in a heavy-duty and portable case, and all the proper tools you'll need to clean your guns. The ergonomic case even has extra designated space for your solvent and oil.
The case does not include any labeling, which for those new to the sport, can make the task of cleaning more confusing than it needs to be.
Packs of 65 items in a heavy-duty case. A professional-grade cleaning kit with everything you will need to work on all common rifle/pistol calibers, as well as 12 gauge, 20 gauge, and .410 bore shotguns.
Some customers have reported that the lid of the case does not close securely. Additionally, this kit does not include any bore snakes.
Housed in an aluminum weather-resistant case are 28 pieces of versatility. Affordable price for everything you need to clean your collection of shotguns, rifles, and pistols.
Though the kit comes with a variety of pieces, many of the tools feel cheap and flimsy.
Comprised of high quality tools and pieces so there's no shortage of useful cleaning inventory to choose from. Works well for a variety of firearm types. If you don't like cleaning your guns, this method may make life easier.
Unique cleaning system may not be for traditionalist. While it has a plethora of tools, it's missing some essential ones.
Quality tools for a very affordable price. All the necessary tools to keep your handguns maintained. A versatile set that's durable and easy to store. Great for beginners.
Casing doesn't keep the tools securely in place while stored inside. This could result in broken or lost pieces.
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Machines need to be cleaned, and guns are machines. A controlled explosion in the firing chamber of a gun releases hot gases that coat the firing mechanism, the firing chamber, and the bore of the barrel with carbon and unburned chemicals. Eventually, the buildup of gunk will become severe enough to interfere with the gun’s operation.
In fact, it doesn’t take much buildup for a gun to reach that point. And when it’s time to clean a gun, you can’t use just any old cleaning supplies. You need a cleaning kit designed specifically for the gun at hand.
The best gun cleaning kits are equipped to clean the most common calibers: .22 long rifle, .32 caliber pistol, 308/7.62, 410 shotgun, 12 gauge, 30-30, to name a few. Kits that can clean multiple calibers are known as universal kits — even though they may not be truly universal.
If you’d like some help parsing the gun cleaning kit market, we’ll walk you through it. In this buying guide, we’ll advise you what to look for as you shop.
In order for a kit to qualify as a “universal” kit, it must be able to clean a large variety of caliber sizes. Check for the smallest caliber listed in the description as well as the largest. The brushes need to fit snugly in the barrel or they won’t be effective. A brush designed for cleaning a small caliber gun won’t be effective at cleaning a large caliber gun.
An all-in-one kit for all your needs
This kit comes with solid brass rods, 14 brushes, 12 spear-pointed jags, slotted patch loops, utility brushes, muzzle guards, slotted patch loops, cotton swabs, and picks. Everything comes in a heavy-duty case with carrying handles. Whether you need to clean a pistol, rifle, or shotgun, this high-quality kit has it all. It even has extra space for your oil and solvent.
A corollary to the caliber range is how many pieces the kit has it in. The more pieces there are, the more brushes you’ll have to cover all the possible calibers — or the popular ones, anyway. A kit that has 10 or more brushes definitely qualifies as a universal kit. A kit with only a few brushes is probably only suited to a narrow range of weapons.
A jag is an attachment that connects to the end of the cleaning rod. It has a hole in it that holds a cleaning patch, which you run back and forth through the barrel to clean it.
All gun cleaning kits come with cases, but all cases are not created equally. For example, a case without a handle may not be as helpful to you as one with a handle.
How much solvent and oil does the kit include? Some kits include token amounts. In any case, you should take a look at how much carrying space is devoted to solvent and oil in the case. If there is only room for a tiny bottle, maybe you should keep looking.
Essential tools at an affordable price
This universal gun cleaning kit comes in an all-weather aluminum carrying case and offers a ton of tools for a great price. It works on most common caliber pistols, rifles, and shotguns. There are 58 pieces inside to fit them all, and you won't break the bank purchasing it. Some of the pieces don’t feel as solid as you would expect in a pricier kit.
A good kit will have picks for cleaning hard-to-reach places. The tiny points on the picks can be broken (and often are), so you’ll need some extras. Try to find a kit that comes with at least one or two picks for you to start with.
Long cotton swabs: BTYMS Cotton Swabs
Cotton swabs, usually six inches in length, are a consumable item. You’re always going to need more of them because they’re used up so fast. We like these swabs from BTYMS because you get to choose between several different lengths and quantities.
Gun vise: Tipton Gun Butler
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you had three hands — including one to hold your guns steady while you clean and maintaining them — the Tipton Gun Butler can be that third hand. This is an accessory that will bring dividends for years to come.
Slotted-tip gun jag: Tipton 554428 Solid Brass Slotted Tip Gun Jag
Slotted tips, even brass ones, are easy to break, and it never hurts to have a few spares on hand. We like this set of four from Tipton. The quality is high, and the price is definitely reasonable.
Gun cleaning mat: Drymate Gun Cleaning Pad
Between solvents, cleaners, oils, and the gunk you clean out of your guns, a gun cleaning mat is essential if you want to keep your workbench clean. It’s better than putting a towel under your gun when you clean it. The Drymate lasts much longer than a towel; it’s an item you can easily clean and use again and again.
Gun cleaning picks: Tipton Cleaning Picks
Picking gunk out of the cracks and crevices of your guns requires a sharp, pointy object, but tiny tips break easily. This set of four picks from Tipton comes with four different tips for added versatility.
A brush can be attached to the cleaning rod to clean the inside of the barrel. This is usually done on large-caliber weapons or shotguns.
Inexpensive: Low prices for gun cleaning kits start around $10 and go up to $25. These are usually pistol cleaning kits or barebones kits without many pieces.
Mid-range: The medium price range runs from $25 to around $35. These are solid cleaning kits that will have numerous pieces and good carrying cases.
Expensive: The priciest gun cleaning kits start around $35 and go up from there. These are brand name kits with extra brushes, jags, and several types of picks.
A solvent is used to dissolve and cut through the grime and carbon buildup inside the firing chamber, barrel, and mechanism of the gun.
We like the Hoppe's No. 9 Deluxe Gun Cleaning Kit, which comes in its own wooden presentation box for a professional look. It comes equipped with all the tools you need for keeping your rifles, pistols, and handguns clean and in tip-top condition. We wish the case had a carrying handle, and sometimes the cleaning rod sections don't always stay threaded together.
We also like the Remington Hunting Cleaning and Maintenance Kit. Remington is a respected name, and this kit has all the tools you need to clean everything from a .22 caliber pistol to a 12-gauge shotgun. It comes with nylon and brass brushes, gun mat, gun oil, and cloth.
Q. How often should I clean my guns?
A. There are no hard and fast rules, but if you’ve fired more than 20 or 30 rounds, your gun should be cleaned. If you took the gun out in moist, humid weather, it should be cleaned after you get back, even if you didn’t fire it. Moisture and metal don’t play well together. Keep it clean to prevent rust.
Q. Does it matter what color cloth I use to clean my guns?
A. Technically, no. As a matter of practicality, though, it makes a great deal of difference. A white rag will show you how much dirt, carbon, and gunk you’ve gotten out of your gun. When it starts coming out and it’s still white, you know you got everything. It’s hard to do that with a dark cloth.
Q. Do I have to clean my gun to shoot it?
A. You don’t have to clean it, but you’ll start getting a lot of jams and misfires if you don’t clean it at least every now and then.
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