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Old 10-03-2018, 03:59 PM
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I've been doing this for quite a few years now and it works well. I use chop sticks for cleaning my weapons. I use my disc. sander make pointed, flat and blunt tips. They work great with patches or by themselves to get into tight places for cleaning or oiling. Big thing is they don't scratch anything like a screwdriver or a pick. Just thought i'd pass this along and I hope it helps.
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I've used toothpicks for the same purpose.

While I haven't tried them, I've seen plastic dental picks/tools that could serve the same function.
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:03 PM
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I keep bamboo shish kebab skewers in my cleaning kit. Sometimes I cut them in pieces with wire cutters, or reshape the ends with a knife. I find them to be a handy addition to all of my more standard cleaning tools. And, of course, they are cheap and readily available.
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I use lots of Q Tips and a set of plastic "dental" picks. Think I'm gonna try the bamboo skewers.
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I keep bamboo shish kebab skewers in my cleaning kit. Sometimes I cut them in pieces with wire cutters, or reshape the ends with a knife. I find them to be a handy addition to all of my more standard cleaning tools. And, of course, they are cheap and readily available.
Funny coincidence...I cut one up the other day and used it in place of pins to study the parts assembly of a 3G Smith semi auto.
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I use the dental floss/picks, bamboo skewers, long handle q-tips, regular q-tips, brass brazing rod, brass sheets, and plastic welding rod. Can be shaped by file, grinding, snipping with side cutters, etc.
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When I go to pick up Chinese food I always get an extra set or two of Chop Sticks for use on guns and just for general shop uses. I always have one in my shop apron top pocket and sharpen one end in a pencil sharpener to a point. They work great in getting into cracks, crevices, applying small amounts of oil & grease, mixing and applying Epoxy, sending a patch down the middle of a Cylinder when disassembled, etc. etc.
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Thanks for the tips.
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Toothpicks are good, too.

I also use the worn brushes from my electric toothbrush; they are terrific for getting into tight corners and grooves.
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