One more great article from Dr. Jim and Mary Clary.
When it comes to gun cleaning kits, there are dozens on the market, ranging in price from $20 to over $200. It really becomes a daunting task to pick one that fits all of our needs and still is “stocked” with quality components. If you go cheap, you get what you pay for and what you didn’t pay for. Cleaning rods that wobble and bend, bore brushes that shed their bristles after a few uses, and patches that look like rags from a thrift shop.
And, unfortunately, we have been there. Our junk room has several of the cheapies that were given to us by well-meaning folks who knew we were shooters and hunters. Heck, the flimsy metal boxes that they come with are as useless as a pregnant boar hog. Ok, enough on the garbage kits.
In looking around for the ideal kit, we found only two that were worth the money and would do what they advertised: The Otis Elite Cleaning System which is ideal for tactical shooters, but lacked a good cleaning rod and bore guide which we like for our hunting and target rifles. The second cleaning kit is the Tipton Ultra, which is the subject of this review.
This kit is well stocked with every tool that a shooter or hunter might need, either at home or in the field. At this point, we would like to make a suggestion. Most hunters do not take along cleaning supplies on their trips. Only because they have no easy or compact way to carry everything that they might need. The Tipton kit solves that problem. It is compact and supplies everything you might require in the field (except patches & cleaning solutions).
Components included in the Tipton Ultra Cleaning Kit:
• 3-piece rod constructed of extremely high strength 17-4 PH Stainless Steel
• Rapid Deluxe Bore Guide
• Two 6″ pipettes
• 13 pc Ultra Jag Set with case & 13 pc Best Bore Brush Set with case
• Two general purpose brushes, 1 nylon, 1 bronze
• Two AR-15 bolt carrier and action brushes
• 4 polymer cleaning picks
• Customized case with die cut closed cell foam with room to hold cleaning fluids & patches…
Our only suggestion for this kit would be that they include a supply of the patches. Otherwise, this kit has it all.
Tipton wisely left out any cleaning solutions, knowing that every shooter has a favorite which they can add to the kit. We priced out all of the individual components, including the box, and the total came to over $200. As such, the MSRP of $164.99 is a bargain.