So I might need to clean the barrel on my M4-177. Anyone have tips on how to do this with material I already may have in the garage/shop?
I looked on PA and found a Gamo Deluxe Cleaning kit for .177/.22/.25 for $30. Is that one any good.
I also have some felt cleaning pellets from an old Crossman pistol that are unused and in .177
Can I soak them in something and then run them through the barrel? Say like Rem Oil or a mild penetrate - I should have about anything in my shop related to working on cars and outboards etc...
The only cleaning product I have is a boresnake for a .17HMR Tarus Pistol - but it has a weight at the end that goes into the breech end first and then the weight and string run down the barrel and you pull it through. I do not think the weight will fit into the space where the clip goes - and I was told once to NEVER clean from the muzzle end inward.
Any tips or suggestions on cleaning kits to get would be appreciated. I do own airguns in all three calibers.
You say you "may" need to clean the bore. Are you having accuracy issues? If you have a new air gun there may be a real need to clear the barrel of the factory protective gunk/oil whatever. All the Crosman barrels I have, needed a good cleaning and a few needed crowning and lapping to achieve an acceptable level of accuracy. After an initial cleaning you may not need to clean very often, if at all, depending on the barrel.
Everybody seems to have an idea of how to clean or as some say not to clean an airgun barrel. If you do a simple search using the "search feature at the right side of the home page you will see what I mean, at the minimum the best option is to do no harm. In other words stay away from solvents and oils that might harm the seals and plastic parts. Simple Green or alcohol seems to be a popular choice here for bore cleaning. For lubrication and protection airgun oil or simple NON DETERGENT 20 wt. motor oil, emphasis on the non detergent part. I use 20 wt.airtool oil or a very light coat of Vaseline for the innards and a very small amount of oil in the barrel and on the exterior, being sure to keep it out of the valve area. Air gun barrels are soft metal so use a method that doesn't wear the muzzle by rubbing away the rifling, a bore saver or small straw can prevent this.
I reccomend doing a search as stated above and go with the experts. What I do works for me but I am not as discerning or as smart as some of the senior members here.