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#1 DaTigah

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:12 PM

Hey watsup guys. I have already shot almost 4000+ rounds since the day i got my m4. I plan on cleaning the inner barrel and hop up bucking.

This is my plan.

1) Remove the inner barrel and hop up system from gun (of course).

2) Disassemble the unit. (which i will need some help cuz i am a huge noob lol)

3) Take the the inner barrel piece and do the standard cleaning procedure;
a)  take cleaning rod with attached cotton cloth, soak it with a few drops of pure silicon oil, and then swab the barrel 3-5 times
B) Repeat with a new cotton cloth with silicon oil and swab the barrel a few more times.
c) To finish up, take another cotton cloth, but a dry one however, and swab the barrel.

4) Take the rubber bucking and wash it with warm,soapy water. After that, air dry it so it is perfectly clean of grease.

5) Assemble the hop up unit and barrel together and install it back to the gun.

If anybody has any suggestions on how I should properly clean my inner barrel and hop up, please feel free to give me any tips, but please make it as simple as possible. For example, here was one guy in the forums who told me to use unleaded gasoline to clean the hop up. That may work...but it doesnt sound simple.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:44 PM

During the disassembly of the hop-up unit, be very careful not to loose the pin-head size hop up nub.  It's a tiny little rubbery thingy (part#158). :)

#3 DaTigah

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:50 PM

Ok thanks radix for that note.

By the way, if i wanted to make things simpler, (meaning like without taking apart the upper receiver and lower receiver and then taking out the hop up assembly), couldnt i just clean the barrel by taking the cleaning rod through the muzzle end of the gun to swab it? All i have to do is to lower the hop up setting to off postion while i clean it.

Also, couldnt i just lube the hop up bucking and unit by spraying a tiny bit of silicon spray into the feeding tube?

Thats not gonna mess with anything right?

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:07 PM

You could, but it won't be that easy cleaning the gunks out when the barrel is still in the gun.  It will be much easier for you to clean when you're just holding the barrel and not having to wrestle with the whole gun.  Besides, removing the barrel is like changing the magazine.  Taking out the hop-up assembly is not that hard either, just don't loose the parts. :)

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:20 PM

You right. Anyways, should i wash the hop up bucking, dry it, and then apply some silicon oil into the hop up, or just leave it dry?

Im thinking that leaving the bucking dry would make it prone to cracking and stuff. I am more worried about cleaning the hop up since cleaning the inner barrel seems simple to do.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:13 PM

View PostDaTigah, on Jul 10 2008, 03:20 PM, said:

You right. Anyways, should i wash the hop up bucking, dry it, and then apply some silicon oil into the hop up, or just leave it dry?

Im thinking that leaving the bucking dry would make it prone to cracking and stuff. I am more worried about cleaning the hop up since cleaning the inner barrel seems simple to do.

Just clean the buckings, no debris should get into your actual unit unless you keep your dustcover open during skrimishes :S

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:51 PM

View PostRadix, on Jul 10 2008, 06:44 PM, said:

During the disassembly of the hop-up unit, be very careful not to loose the pin-head size hop up nub.  It's a tiny little rubbery thingy (part#158). :)

Yes, DO NOT lose this like I did just a bit ago >_<.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:42 PM

View PostxXxGruntxXx, on Jul 10 2008, 06:51 PM, said:

Yes, DO NOT lose this like I did just a bit ago >_<.


If you lose it and plan to get a replacement you might aswell get a concave spacer for consistent setting/spin.

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Edited by karMeister, 10 July 2008 - 11:46 PM.


#9 DaTigah

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 05:10 AM

View Postvic_man4, on Jul 10 2008, 10:13 PM, said:

Just clean the buckings, no debris should get into your actual unit unless you keep your dustcover open during skrimishes :S

Alright, but what I am trying to ask is that do I have to lube the bucking with silicon oil after washing or I dont need to lube it? Any suggestions?

Also, can anybody tell me how to wash the bucking properly ;) ;)

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 09:27 AM

View PostkarMeister, on Jul 10 2008, 11:42 PM, said:

If you lose it and plan to get a replacement you might aswell get a concave spacer for consistent setting/spin.

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hehehe I have that SCS too,, Shredder's :)

#11 DaTigah

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 12:42 PM

Alright, I finally cleaned the inner barrel and man I cleaned out alot of gunk! :lol: I had five used swabs with dirty dark stains on em. However, I didnt wash the bucking and left it the way it was. I installed everything, went outside, and had a couple of shots. I was very happy to see that the gun shot more accurately than before, still got the same 150ft range though. I want better :lol:

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:18 PM

The way I clean my hop-up bucking is very simple.  I hold cup the bucking in both hands and run warm water through it.  Oh, before that, I will put a few drops of dish soap on the bucking/hand.  You can repeat as necessary, but it'll clean most of the grease and dirt off.

I didn't re-lube the bucking after that and everything seemed fine but I think you're supposed to.  The important thing is to clean off the dirt on the bucking.  A greasy bucking will attract dirt easier, as does a greasy barrel.




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