No cheap cleaning kit is enough; instead, let us help you find a great cleaning kit for your firearm that can keep it running at peak performance.
Below, we’ve given you some tips on cleaning your Creedmoor and also reviewed some of the top products available for this task.
Comparison Chart of the Best 6.5 Creedmoor Cleaning Kits
TAC Shield Cleaning Kit (17 Piece)
GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
Real Avid Gun Boss Pro Universal - Cleaning Kit
Best for the Money
Hoppe's Cleaning Kit with Aluminum Rod
Pro Shot .25 Caliber/6.5-mm Rifle Box Cleaning Kit
How Often Should I Clean My 6.5 Creedmoor?
This is a question whose answer will depend largely on your own personal experience with your weapon. In general, you’ll find that cleaning your 6.5 Creedmoor after every 50-100 rounds is a good idea, although the exact number will vary from person to person. It’s a good idea not to fire more than 150 rounds or so before checking your accuracy, as at this point almost everyone will need to clean their weapon.
The real truth is that you need to pay attention to how your weapon performs and see when your accuracy starts to drop off noticeably. When your weapon is no longer as accurate as it once was, it’s time for a cleaning session.
How to Choose a Quality Cleaning Kit
Before we start getting into our favorite cleaning kits for the 6.5 Creedmoor, there are a few things you should remember that will help you determine the best cleaning kits from average ones.
Tools and Parts
Whatever your choice, you should check to make sure that the kit you purchase has all of the tools are pieces necessary for your particular weapon. If your kit doesn’t have the right pieces, you’ll have wasted money and time. Some weapons only require minor cleaning from time to time, while others require an involved cleaning process pretty frequently.
Excellent cleaning kits will have some kind of cleaning oil or lubricant that can help the performance of your gun or make the cleaning process easier. A good cleaner is always a plus.
Some kits are lightweight while others are heavier. If you are planning on taking your cleaning kit with you, say, for shooting competition, you’ll definitely want to find a kit that you can easily carry from place to place. On the other hand, if you only plan to work on your 6.5 Creedmoor in your garage, you can invest in a heavier kit knowing that you won’t have to lug it around very often.
Review of the Best 6.5 Creedmoor Cleaning Kits
Let’s dive right into the review of the best 6.5 Creedmoor kits on the market. We’ll explain, in-depth, why we chose each of these phenomenal options.
Tac Shield Rifle Cleaning Kit
The Tac Shield AR10 Rifle Cleaning Kit is a fantastic kit that can be taken relatively anywhere or added to any hobbyist’s collection of tools for their 6.5 Creedmoor. Due to its size and shape, you can easily fit into any daypack or bag for the range and is an ideal choice if you plan to perform maintenance on your weapon over the course of a competition or if you just tend to move from place to place.
It comes with 17 distinct pieces and has a pull-through coated cable/rod system that also has brushes, mops, and tips for your rifle. A double-ended utility brush adds to the cleaning capability of this kit.
There’s also a double-ended metal pick or carbon scraper and 25 cleaning patches. This kit is a perfect choice if maintaining a high-performing 6.5 Creedmoor is your primary concern.
It doesn't have very many replacement parts and lacks some of the heavier tools that are necessary for in-depth repair or rebuilding, but it's a good everyday kit that can handle most of the problems that you'll come across from daily or weekly use of your 6.5 Creedmoor. It's also incredibly affordable, to boot.
This is a lightweight, compact kit that can be added to any range bag or workbench. It has everything you need for most typical problems and repair jobs that occur from frequent use of the 6.5 Creedmoor.
GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
On the opposite end of types of cleaning kits, we have the GLORYFIRE Universal Gun Cleaning Kit. This is heavier but much more thorough in its cleaning capabilities than the previous kit we reviewed. It has 111 pieces in total and has a multitude of different cleaning patches and brushes that can be used for guns of all types and sizes.
There are three distinct brushes, three brass rods for rifles, and three brass rods for pistols or shotguns. This allows you to clean virtually every firearm in your arsenal with one the singular purchase. This helps to make its somewhat high price a lot more reasonable when you consider all the value you get from the one purchase.
The item comes in a carrying case that has a convenient handle and allows you to take it anywhere. The overall weight isn’t so heavy as to dissuade you from taking it to a shooting competition or on the road. It also comes with 50 cleaning patches right out of the box, so you won’t need to replenish these anytime soon.
This is a thorough cleaning set with a multitude of great pieces and brushes suitable for cleaning both rifles and smaller firearms. This allows you to purchase one kit for most of your firearm cleaning needs, not just those of your 6.5 Creedmoor.
Best for the Money:
Real Avid Gun Boss Pro Universal Cleaning Kit
The Real Avid Gun Boss Pro Universal Cleaning Kit is another great universal type that can handle the cleaning needs of all of your firearms at one time. It comes with a series of rods, brushes, and other tools, along with a host of cleaning cloths to allow you to tackle all of your daily or weekly cleaning tasks.
The brass rods are special in that they are made to be separated into three different lengths. This allows for fewer pieces than the other universal kit we looked at while still being able to handle all types of firearm cleaning. Despite this modular functionality, the rods are still very strong and quite capable of cleaning any firearm.
All of the pieces are transported in another handy carrying case that comes with a convenient handle. The case and everything inside won’t be too heavy for most users.
The only thing that would make this better is if it came with some kind of lubricant for cleaning. Even though it lacks this, we can’t be too disappointed because you're already getting fantastic value for money given the sheer variety of cloths, rods, and brushes.
This is another universal set that can clean any type of firearm and has the brushes and cleaning cloths to prove it. Everything can be contained in a single carry case that has a solid handle and allows you to withstand its moderate weight with no trouble.
One of the messiest areas the 6.5 Creedmoor can expect to have is the barrel. Therefore, having a cleaning kit that is specifically focused on making sure that your firearm’s barrel is clean might be a great idea. This especially true if you notice your weapon behaving differently after firing or short while. Hoppe’s No. 9 Cleaning Kit is the perfect solution for cleaning the barrel of any 6.5 Creedmoor.
The rod used to clean the barrel is made from aluminum, which endows it with extra strength and durability in comparison to its competitors. You won’t find that this rod bends very easily and can be used for multiple weapons over multiple years without any trouble.
Further adding to the value of this kit is the lubricating oil and cleaning fluid that comes with the purchase. They come in separate bottles, and you can use the cleaning fluid to assist with the nitty-gritty of the cleaning session. Once the actual barrel has been fully cleaned, you can use the lubricating oil to put things back together or assist with other cleaning tasks. There’s enough fluid in both bottles to last you for some time.
All of this being said, it can’t clean much more than the barrel because it lacks pieces. All it really comes with is the rod, oil, and lubricant. This means that it’s best used as an accessory to more complete kits or as a focused fix if you found that your 6.5 Creedmoor’s barrel tends to get dirty very quickly.
This item is ideal for clean the barrel 6.5 Creedmoor, but little else. The rod is made from aluminum and will last longer than traditional brass rods, and the cleaning fluid and lubricating oil are excellent additions to boost the effectiveness and thoroughness of your efforts.
Now let’s take a look at the Pro-Shot .25 Caliber Rifle Box Cleaning Kit. It comes with a host of great cleaning tools that are all made of a red anodized aluminum. This is of particular interest because the aluminum quality will ensure that it lasts for a long time and its anodized finish will resist corrosion and last even longer.
The kit also comes with a cleaner/lubricant combination fluid which you can apply all at once. This will speed up your cleaning session and boost the overall quality of the cleaning of your 6.5 Creedmoor. There are a number of cleaning patches that are included with the kit, so you will not need to restock those any time soon, either.
The kit is very compact and can be carried with a comfortable handle. It's an ideal purchase if you move around a lot or tend to take your 6.5 Creedmoor to gun shows for hunting expeditions and always want the ability to clean it close at hand.
It’s a little pricey, and it doesn’t have as many pieces as some of the other kits on our list, but it provides exceptional value in the addition of the lubricant/cleaner fluid really elevates it to be a product worthy of consideration.
This item provides great value and has a number of great cleaning brushes and rods that utilize corrosion-resistant materials on the handles to increase its lifespan. There’s also a lubricant/cleaner combination fluid that we really like.
How to Clean Your 6.5 Creedmoor
Let’s run through the basic overview of the major steps needed to effectively clean your 6.5 Creedmoor.
- First, you’ll need to prepare your cleaning area and make sure that you wear gloves because you’ll be using several chemicals during this process. Make sure that there’s no ammo nearby and eject any ammunition from the firearm. Ensure the barrel is pointed away from you during this step.
- After that, you’ll want to separate the upper receiver from the loading receiver by removing the takedown pins. The tools for this will be found in your cleaning kit.
- Next, take off the charging handle and the bolt carrier group. Then you’ll want to disassemble the bolt carrier group entirely so that you can clean each individual piece. You can do this for the other major pieces of the gun, then move on to the barrel and clean the chamber and barrel with the tools included in your kit.
- Don’t forget to lubricate your rifle before you put it back together. This will make the process easier and ensure that you don’t cause damage to the weapon’s delicate mechanisms in the process. You can inspect the rifle and check its functions as you go or once everything is complete.
You can find out more about this process by checking out this video below, which provides a full overview.
Armed with all of this knowledge, you should be well prepared to purchase the perfect 6.5 Creedmoor cleaning kit. Maintaining the overall health of your weapon is key to enjoying it for years to come.