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Old 10-01-2016, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default Recommend Some 12ga Cleaning Supplies

Just bought/ordered my first home defense gun yesterday...very excite. Supposed to be in by Friday at the latest, I will post up a new thread when said gun arrives. My question is, what are the best cleaning supplies I can get to clean and maintain this beauty? 18.5" barrel, 12ga are the specs. Is there a universally known good cleaner/oil that I need to get? Also, I am assuming I need a bore snake but wouldn't mind someone suggesting all of the cleaning swabs/tools I need.

Also, I have read several conflicting thoughts about cleaning the gun before I shoot with it. Some say absolutely clean every gun before use and others say it is a shotgun, treat it like your mistress then clean down the road. Thoughts on this? I have been reading the owners manual online and I haven't seen any mention of cleaning it before use, just to inspect and ensure proper operation and no heavy buildup of grease. Thoughts?

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I'll say don't spend a fortune on hokey oils etc. If it sounds like a quack cure it probably is. I probably sound like a geezer saying this but I've used little more than Hoppes 9, CLP and Outers Gunslick for a long time and done okay.

If you're planning on a few purchases consider a kit versus just a caliber specific option.
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Down the road, more will follow. Hand gun is probably next, then a rifle of some kind.
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I use clp primarily. I also have other lubes that I'm gonna try. But I've always stayed true with CLP.
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I'll say don't spend a fortune on hokey oils etc. If it sounds like a quack cure it probably is. I probably sound like a geezer saying this but I've used little more than Hoppes 9, CLP and Outers Gunslick for a long time and done okay.

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I use clp primarily. I also have other lubes that I'm gonna try. But I've always stayed true with CLP.
Is CLP a "do it all" kind of product? Does it clean and lubricate at the same time? I would just need some CLP and some cleaning cloths and a rod or a bore snake?
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Is CLP a "do it all" kind of product? Does it clean and lubricate at the same time? I would just need some CLP and some cleaning cloths and a rod or a bore snake?
Clp stands for cleaner lubricant and protectant, I use clp on all my guns as well, for a shot gun or a very dirty gun in general I use a brass or plastic bristle brush for the first pass or two, on hand guns I use these qtips that are called hot rods or something like that, they are sized to the bore of the gun you can buy them from .22 to .50, on a shot gun I use patches and a cleaning rod they also have soft fuzzy brushes that fit the bore size that work well also, but yeah you will want a cleaning rod for shot guns they are thicker than a rifle cleaning rod so it won't bend with the bigger bore
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Thanks for the info dudes! CLP it is. When I go to pick the gun up, I will pick up a cleaning rod and see if they have any 12ga brushes or I am assuming a bore snake would do the same thing.
@1quick. What do you think about stripping the gun down and cleaning it before I use it the first time? Is it necessary or should I just inspect for any grease buildup and go from there?
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Thanks for the info dudes! CLP it is. When I go to pick the gun up, I will pick up a cleaning rod and see if they have any 12ga brushes or I am assuming a bore snake would do the same thing.
@1quick. What do you think about stripping the gun down and cleaning it before I use it the first time? Is it necessary or should I just inspect for any grease buildup and go from there?
I wouldn't take it all the way apart, I normally just field strip and lube them up, most guns get test fired at the factory so there will be some debris on them possibly right out of the box, it's not a must do sort of thing I've shot them first and some I clean first just depends on how big of a hurry I'm in to shoot it lol
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That is good advice. I might just take the barrel off, CLP it and inspect some parts in the receiver...then let all hell break loose on some paper.
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CLP, a toothbrush, and microfiber towels. Then a bore snake for that caliber.
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