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Posted: 5/4/2003 5:28:55 PM EST
To clean my guns I have been using Hoppes #9 for years and I want to change to something else. What do you guys all use?

Link Posted: 5/4/2003 5:37:44 PM EST
For store bought, I use Butch's Bore Shine because it's one of the best on copper and powder fouling. For copper alone, I use Sweet's 7.62. For cheap home-made, I use Ed's Red, which is good for powder fouling, but not copper.
Link Posted: 5/4/2003 5:53:34 PM EST
I've been using Break-free CLP on my AR's for years, now I use it on everything.  It's the funk, yo.
Link Posted: 5/4/2003 6:50:12 PM EST
I use hoppes #9 first with a brush to break down and remove the powder, then run some dry patches, then use sweets 7.62 to remove the copper. You might find this RobarSR60 topic informative. www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=6&f=5&t=168918
Link Posted: 5/5/2003 8:57:09 AM EST

I've been using Break-free CLP on my AR's for years, now I use it on everything.  It's the funk, yo.

Break-Free does nothing to clean carbonatious, and copper deposits though. For my AR bolt, I use what the Army AMU does, hot water and Simple Green. I then blow it all dry with cmpressed air, and then spray it with CLP. For the bore...hell, I can't remember the last time I cleaned the bore.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 9:35:45 AM EST
Mostly I use CLP (either BreakFree or the more current stuff), which does an adequate job for everthing but copper removal (for which I use Sweet's.)

I will occasionally use Ed's Red... I mixed up a batch a couple years ago and still have most of it left.  CLP does a better job with rust protection though.

At the moment I am using Slip 2000's 725 gun cleaner / degreaser.  Benefits: it's odorless, and strips the oil off the surface to allow a good application of fresh oil.  It's comparable to Simple Green but was actually intended for guns.  I never used cleaners in spray bottles before because they were generally oily and they got everywhere. This stuff is not as messy because it actually dries, unlike CLP.  Downsides: it's water based, so I am wary of spraying a lot of it into a mechanism I'm not disassembling (like SKS trigger group).  They say it has rust inhibitors in there but I'm not willing to take a chance. Plus, it's not as cheap as CLP or Ed's Red.  On the whole, though, I like it, and the wife doesn't complain when I use it.
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