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I'm new at AR's, and was hoping to get a better understanding of what I need to do to keep the gas system clean and or how to clean it, materials etc.

Any advice?

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Jim
 

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Pipe Cleaners, carbon solvent, and a can of Duster does the trick fast.
 

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Cool thanks:) The reason I was asking was mainly because I got a .22 CMMG Converstion kit, and I've heard that you gas tube and buffer tube get pretty gumed up. So you're saying that that stuff would work well for both?

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I gummed up my AR gas tube years ago to a point that I had a single shot AR. After solvent, 12" pipe cleaners and canned air, I still had to fire 20 rds of quality 5.56mm though the rifle so it would function properly. That is why I bought a dedicated upper for my AR!
 

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That's bs, as is usual from you. Just fire 3-4 rds of 223 thru it, for every 200-300 rds of .22lr,and fouling will NEVER be a problem. I've never had 223 fouling be an issue, except in the bore, for match type shooting. Keep the gun "wet" with WD-40 and it just keeps on shooting. MANY thousands of rds.
 

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That's bs, as is usual from you. Just fire 3-4 rds of 223 thru it, for every 200-300 rds of .22lr,and fouling will NEVER be a problem. I've never had 223 fouling be an issue, except in the bore, for match type shooting. Keep the gun "wet" with WD-40 and it just keeps on shooting. MANY thousands of rds.
As usual you are wrong, after all gunkid, who was there me or you? About 10 years ago I got some Brit Radway Green 5.56mm, very dirty stuff and designed for the SA 80 NOT the AR. The SA 80 bolt is lighter than the AR. I had over 100 IA's & Stoppages in 200 rds. My gas tube was so plugged that after cleaning the tube with solvent and 12" pipe cleaners, I still had to fire 10 rds of Canadian Ball ammo to get my rifle to fire in the semi auto mode reliably. Why do you think I bought a dedicated .22 upper? I'm not stupid enough to think my AR will be reliable after I use a cheap $200 buck conversion kit.
 

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In the old days, Dad had a big can of R134 refrigerant. A shot of that stuff will freeze carbon up, and a couple of taps will shake it out.
 

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yep, if you put diesel fuel in a gas engine, it won't run. The ammo of which you speak is well known to be garbage.
 

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If it got that bad, I think I would swap out the $10.00 part before I would waste a bunch of time blasting it with cleaning products and scrubbing tools.
 

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If it got that bad, I think I would swap out the $10.00 part before I would waste a bunch of time blasting it with cleaning products and scrubbing tools.
Why rebuild a working system when simple cleaning will do? Cleaning an AR's gas tube is not a time consuming or painful operation and it's not as if one has to flood the tube with solvents.

A major weakness of the AR-15 is how extreme the sensitivity of its DI implementation is to any kind of abnormality. If for some reason there are thickly caked on deposits, one is probably doing something wrong or at least unideal somewhere along the line (and if there's corrosion, certainly replace the tube); but, it's certainly normal for the tube to be fouled past its ideal range after a few thousand rounds.
 

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Why rebuild a working system when simple cleaning will do? Cleaning an AR's gas tube is not a time consuming or painful operation and it's not as if one has to flood the tube with solvents.
Because it takes me 30 seconds with a roll pin punch (including beer procurement), and I can afford it.
I'm far too busy to monkey with something I would be removing to clean anyway.

I can hire some high school kid to douche it out for me later if its that important.
 

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Cool thanks The reason I was asking was mainly because I got a .22 CMMG Converstion kit, and I've heard that you gas tube and buffer tube get pretty gumed up. So you're saying that that stuff would work well for both?
 
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