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Old March 12th, 2017, 07:27 AM   #1
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Money and FFL has been sent. I've got some reloading to do to pass the time. Ordered a National Match NA9102. I'm going to order a few mags and a sling. Any specific tools to clean with? I'll watch Tony's videos again and make a list.

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Don't forget the range report and pictures as well.


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Grease, CLP, rags, bore snake, USGI M14 combo tool full set, Spare extractor just in case.

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Q-tips make things cleaner and quicker.

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Grease, CLP, rags, bore snake, USGI M14 combo tool full set, Spare extractor just in case.

Good to go
If you reload, add a broken shell extractor. Other than that, you don't need anything fancy.

Shop around for the current issue cleaning kit from Otis. They are usually marked M14/DMR/762. You can often find them surplus for around $40.

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Get the Otis kit.
Sadlak drill bits and gas cylinder wrench for cleaning the gas system.

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Old March 13th, 2017, 04:54 AM   #10
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Forgot about the drill bits. I dont use them often.

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Old March 13th, 2017, 06:23 AM   #11
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Drill bits are range toys that can offer a quick fix if you are out shooting a few hundred rounds. Especially if it is dirty surplus ball powder fodder.

Some match shooters also believe that maintaining a consistent level of fouling enhances accuracy.

However, the drill bits are not a substitute for properly cleaning the gas system. They do not remove all the carbon. Carbon attracts moisture, moisture creates corrosion. Follow the cleaning procedures outlined in FM 23-8 as well, especially if your range trips are several weeks apart.

I'll use a drill bit to knock out the bulk of the carbon, before hitting the parts with bore solvent, brushes and swabs.


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This is my way Q-tips and Otis cleaning kit.

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Anyone use Bore-Tec Eleminator to remove carbon? I use it to clean my bench guns and stainless parts from revolvers. Small parts just let them sit in a bowl for a few mins and wipe off the carbon but im not sure how it will react with the finish of the M1 or Blued weapons.

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Drill bits are range toys that can offer a quick fix if you are out shooting a few hundred rounds. Especially if it is dirty surplus ball powder fodder.

Some match shooters also believe that maintaining a consistent level of fouling enhances accuracy.

However, the drill bits are not a substitute for properly cleaning the gas system. They do not remove all the carbon. Carbon attracts moisture, moisture creates corrosion. Follow the cleaning procedures outlined in FM 23-8 as well, especially if your range trips are several weeks apart.

I'll use a drill bit to knock out the bulk of the carbon, before hitting the parts with bore solvent, brushes and swabs.

I've never cleaned my gas system except to use the drill bits after every shooting weekend. I always felt it would be self cleaning and would get dirty after the first shot was fired.

After reading this I thought I'd clean one down and see what it look like after 5 years of shooting 5,000 rounds and no cleaning. Swabbed it down with Hoppes 9 and let it sit, swabbed it out clean. Hit it again with a brass brush and Hoppes just to see if anything new came out. It didn't.
Neutralized it with denatured alcohol and swabbed it dry.
It looks like a mirror in there, no pitting or rust.
Might be another 5 years before I clean it down again, or never.

Can't hurt to clean it of course.
I always wondered why some of the best shooters I know prefer to keep a fouling shot in their bore after cleaning their bore for that same reasoning.


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FFL delivered it to me this afternoon. After finishing installing new wood floors and putting everything away all I did was take it out of the stock. The bolt stop spring looks like it's in wrong the stop will move quite a bit foreword and back and the spring looks as it could pop out. Going to take it down clean and lube after work tomorrow. I hope to get out Saturday and shoot it some. Maybe all the accessories will be in by then.

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