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Old 09-10-2008, 08:13 PM
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I am getting tired of having all my cleaning tools for my guns in a box all mixed up in partial small kits etc., and I sometimes admire these cleaning kits in a wooden box with everything there and ready. Problem is that they are Universal kits that clean every kind of long gun/shotgun or pistol and contain a ton of stuff I will never use.
I am looking for a really nice Pistol/ Revolver cleaning kit for all the popular bore handguns of the highest quality. Anyone here have any ideas? What are you using?
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I am getting tired of having all my cleaning tools for my guns in a box all mixed up in partial small kits etc., and I sometimes admire these cleaning kits in a wooden box with everything there and ready. Problem is that they are Universal kits that clean every kind of long gun/shotgun or pistol and contain a ton of stuff I will never use.
I am looking for a really nice Pistol/ Revolver cleaning kit for all the popular bore handguns of the highest quality. Anyone here have any ideas? What are you using?
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I am getting tired of having all my cleaning tools for my guns in a box all mixed up in partial small kits etc., and I sometimes admire these cleaning kits in a wooden box with everything there and ready. Problem is that they are Universal kits that clean every kind of long gun/shotgun or pistol and contain a ton of stuff I will never use.
I am looking for a really nice Pistol/ Revolver cleaning kit for all the popular bore handguns of the highest quality. Anyone here have any ideas? What are you using?
I dont use a single kit. I hate changing tips, brushes and so forth. I just bought six cleaning rods, the simple ones with rings on the ends. I keep three with bristle brushes (22, 38 and 45) and three with patch pushers (22, 38 and 45) on my bench.

When I return from shooting, I just use the one I need which is already set up. The 45 works fine in 44s and the 38 works fine in 40s (I wrap a patch around the 38 brush for a tight fit in the 40.) This has worked fine for me for over 20 years. It beats the **** out of screwing brushes and tips on and off all afternoon!
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Good idea! Now why didn't I think of that? I always seem to think everything should be in a presentation case for some reason. I do like the highest quality tools and supplies I can get though.
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I got a $10 tool box at Lowes and made my own cleaning kit. Its good for travelling too!
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Look into an "Otis" system. I have one that handles pistols, rifles and shotguns and is no larger than a can of tunafish. Soft case with cables, brushes etc. Really a nice system esp for breech to muzzle cleaning, storage and travel.

Here's a link, most retailers and catalogues sell them too.


http://www.otisgun.com/
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I don't even bother with store-bought kits. What I do use is an old steel GI .45 rod (loop handle, threaded for 8-32 brushes, and brass jags. The longest barrel length I have is 5" and it's long enough for that. If I needed longer I would probably spring for a Dewey rod or some such. I buy my brushes, etc., from Brownells and use their .30 caliber GI patches. All will fit nicely in an old classic cigar box. It will even work on my Triple Lock Target so I guess it has what it takes.

What's different is a revolver cleaning rack that I got the plans for from a police academy--holds K and N frames while cleaning.

So for me, that's the "best". Probably not according to a sporting goods salesman, though.
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Do you have pics of the cleaning rack? I have often thought about building a rig for that.
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PM enroute re rack.
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I like the Otis kit also. Cabellas makes a good version that is cost effective.

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Something like this orta be fancy enough
Gerstner Tool Chests

I want something nice to put my stuff into as well. it is just lying all over the place right now.
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+1 on the otis kit
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I use an Otis-Outers-Midway kit. Really it's just a hodgepodge collection of different stuff from over the years. If I had to recommend a single kit however it would be the Otis.
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I am new to the forum, My name is Ed, I recently purchased a S&W 686 .357, I am looking for a cleaning kit. I like the toolbox idea. I go back and forth between Otis and Hoppes. I am leaning toward the Otis Tactical as a starter kit also, it is portable. As for the toolbox I am going to use it for accessories. Any suggestions.
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The Otis is a very usable and compact kit to have in your shooting bag to be sure you never get caught without one. It is a very fine kit which will do right by your gun. However, it is a pain in the neck. Do what Shawn McCarver suggests. And it still doesn't hurt to have an Otis in your shooting bag.
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Simple plastic box and a cleaning rod that came with a Taurus PT92 back in the day. I buy brass tips and nylon brushes as needed. Once in a while i will go to the beef jerky and tupperware emporium and buy a bag of precut patches and a couple pints of Hoppes #9 and I am good to go. Still working off the case of 12 bottles of CLP I bought from Odd Lots more than 20 years ago. I have lots of "kits" from when family members would give them to me for Christmas, but most of the hinges have broken and I just keep the better rods and tips in a box in the garage for when I need to replace one or need a new size.

Pride of place goes to a Dewey rod for my CZ .223, it hangs in the closet next to the safe. Nice piece of equipment.
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I push the various tips into the pegboard behind my bench. Rifle and pistol tips fit perfectly. Very handy access and no fumbling in a box. Also hang the cleaning rods on the pegboard.
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Thanks, I like the idea of seperate rods, where can I find the cleaning rods with rings on the ends.
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I found a fishing tackle box in like new condition at a yard sale for $ 3.00. Works great, adjustable compartments, large bottom section for larger items, and closes for storage. I've bought my cleaning supplies over the years, buying just what I needed, since many of the "kits" seem to contain things I don't like or need.
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