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Old 02-07-2006, 07:38 PM   #1
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Being one with champagne tastes and a beer budget, I am usually on the look out for how to economize, without going too cheap. Since I recently ordered a bunch of quality (I hope!) holstery for various guns, I was feeling a bit of a pinch in the budget department. :'( This afternoon I got a small victory that soothes my inner accountant.



I tend to buy gun cleaning supplies (and other highly used consumables) in the larger quantities because it is usually much cheaper per unit of measure. One pays quite a premium to have gun oil packaged in a smaller unit. However, it is sometimes awkward to carry around the bigger bottles and cans. I like to travel light.



I use a tackle box to carry all the little brushes/jags/screwdrivers and whatnot, and I have a big kitty litter bucket for the big bottles of Hoppes, Militec-1, jumbo bag of patches, extra rags, etc. Would much rather just haul out the tackle box, which requires small containers of the fluids. What to do? ???



This afternoon inspiration struck. I rummaged around in the pantry, checking out all the little food extract containers my wife has stashed in there. Bingo! Some nice little bottles. Vanilla extract. Chocolate sprinkles. "Butter flavor without the Butter" (wha? ???). And some were close to empty.



I told her I wanted those bottles when they were empty. We did some consolidation, and came up with some empties for me. Then she brought out the Double Bingo for the day: a small box with four plastic food coloring squeeze bottles in it. She had bought it just for the red food coloring for some Christmas food project, and was willing to part with it.



Perfect little containers! They squeeze out food coloring (or gun oil) one drop at a time, have a screw-on cover, and you can pop out the colored squeeze tip to get the oil in.



So these guys will get dedicated to Militec-1, the bigger brown extract bottles will get Hoppes solvent, my tackle box will be able to fly solo, and I can even make up a small emergency cleaning kit to stash in my range bag. The kitty litter bucket can go back in the closet with the bulk supplies.



OK, OK, I am a simple guy, so it doesn't take much to keep me entertained sometimes. If this doesn't light your wick, then pay no attention to the man talking to himself, just mosy on to the next thread....



Here's a pic of my new container menagerie, with a 9mm to provide scale:







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Old 02-07-2006, 11:20 PM   #2
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I absolutely agree, cheap.. er, inexpensive is good. I buy one of their little bottles for the range box and refill it from the big jug in the garage. Also, the little bottle makes much less of a mess when you dump it on the bench. Your squeeze bottles are even better.



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Old 02-08-2006, 05:58 AM   #3
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Uuh...ELB I prefer to call our efforts in this area as inventive & practical. I constantly save little containers of glass, plastic or tin for small parts, or liquids, etc. I must take eye drops & find the empty plastic dispensers good for "traveling" liquids. Go find yourself one of those tins with a lid that small fruit cakes are sold in- they make a good container to hold all the loose small bottles/little tools you carry in the range bag. Some of those tins are rectangular & work even better. Small zip lock bags can be handy, also--and a label can easily be stuck on them, if necessary.

My son says I'm a compulsive organizer, but what does he know? ::) Regards, G>M>F>
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Great tips, guys! Thank you.
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I prefer the term "value-driven". Using the 3M brand stairtread non-skid tape, as opposed to paying a gunsmith to do checkering work, is my finest example..
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:03 PM   #6
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... Also, the little bottle makes much less of a mess when you dump it on the bench...

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Big +1 on that.



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Old 02-12-2006, 08:40 AM   #7
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I have found that my Taurus runs best with graphite on the rails. I therefore carry a #2 pencil. The relative hardness comes from polymer mixed with the graphite, and since I can't get it to melt with a Zippo, I figure it's an added benefit.



The alternative is GunSlick, a graphite based gel that comes in a very small squeeze tube. It's made for race guns but works well anyplace. I use it when serious lubing time comes up. One small tube has lasted me seven( ! ) years. You just don't use much at all.



I prefer the internals fairly dry, with a couple drops of RemOil to keep things a bit slick. Using two drops every month, I go through about a bottle per year.



I don't economize; I just don't overdo it with lubing. After being carried, my pistol just runs better without the accumulated gunk that lube tends to attract. I've fired it like this until I could hear the "ka..chunk" of the rounds feeding. That took about 500 rounds in one sitting, or my ammo allowance, give or take, for two weeks, but the experiment was worth it.



So no, I don't economize with bulk quantities, but I do economize by not using so much. Everything seems to benefit from that.



I'm not trying to step on toes, and your mileage likely will vary.



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P.S. I really hate picking up a handgun and having it drip oil on me. I had a friend who way overlubed and I felt unsafe handling his Glock, Taurus or Sigma (whatever he had at the time) with my hands coated with oil. J.S.
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"One small tube has lasted me seven( ! ) years."



You're not kidding - Gunslick goes a long way! I've got a tube that I bought in Bloomington, IN in 1987, and it's still going strong. That $2.95 might be the best gun care dollars I've ever spent. :)



I mostly use TP-25b now, but I've never had Gunslick not work, and I prefer it for older guns like my Hi-Power.
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:19 PM   #9
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I don't like to bathe my guns in oil either, I go pretty light, but I do have several guns, and I do like to have several stashes of gun cleaning stuff - one in the truck, one in the pistol bag, one in the rifle bag, one in my whoops-disaster-gotta-run-bag, etc. I'm like a squirrel storing nuts for the winter. And I just hate buying several tiny little bottles at $$$$ a pop, when I know I am paying mostly for packaging. So I bought one big bottle of Militec-1, and it will probably last me the rest of my life -- as long as I don't forget where all my little bottles went! ???







And hey Erich! Another transplanted Hoosier! And one named Erich also (Guess what the E in ELB stands for (except no H)). If you know where Bloomington Indiana is, then you know where Nashville Indiana and Brown County State Park are. That's where I grew up, still have family there, and B-ton was where us kids went to see the "bright lights" :). And of course, a Hoosier hello to Josh. Small world we have here.



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I like to keep everything under a thin layer of Hoppe's Elite gun oil, and I keep one drop of it on each slide rail.



Works fantastically for me.
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