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Posted: 8/14/2017 7:31:06 PM EST
Gentlemen/ladies, I need a new cleaning solvent that's readily available via internet order. Suggest away, please.

This will be on both autos & wheelguns, rimfires and centerfires.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 7:50:39 PM EST
For cleaning and rust removal- G96.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 8:03:52 PM EST
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For cleaning and rust removal- G96.
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For cleaning and rust removal- G96.
May be harmful to some paints, varnishes, and plastics. Keep product off of these types of surfaces unless a previous patch test has shown no effect.
Not sure I want that on my H&K's.............
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 8:19:30 PM EST
I like Ballistal in the spry can. It ain't cheap though. Also the break-free CLP is good. Some still swear by WD40.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 8:24:56 PM EST
Good 'old CLP for most routine cleaning.

Simple Green aircraft formulation in my ultrasonic tubs.

But back in the day, I was a Hoppe's No. 9 man.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 8:36:04 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/14/2017 8:36:30 PM EST by dphill]
Hoppes #9
CLP
Bore Tech rimfire blend
Montana X-treme copper killer
J-B bore paste

what ever it takes
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 8:46:47 PM EST
Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 8:55:44 PM EST
I've been using Shooter Choice for many years with no complaints.

They recently changed the look of the label, I assume it is the same stuff.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:03:56 PM EST
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Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
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This. I buy the ingredients by the gallon and use 5 gallon buckets with airtight retrofit lids. When I get a new/used handgun I remove the grips and leave the gun in the bucket overnight. Makes cleaning a snap the next day.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:12:52 PM EST
Used to use Hoppes. Currently using Shooters Choice just because it came in a bigger bottle. I'm sure CLP would be fine too.

I think everyone overthinks all the cleaning/lube stuff. Just like cars, which are a much bigger investment. Every car I've owned has been run to over 100,000 miles on 87 octane gas and conventional motor oil.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:14:12 PM EST
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I've been using Shooter Choice for many years with no complaints.

They recently changed the look of the label, I assume it is the same stuff.
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Same here. I usually add about 10 to 15% worth of Kroil to the mix. It helps dissolve the crud from tight spaces better.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:14:12 PM EST
Been using Hoppe's #9 since the late 60's (when dad bought me an Ithaca M37 12 ga. - which I still have).

I do use some stuff called Black Off when cleaning after shooting corrosive ammo. When that bottle is gone I'll probably just switch to hot/boiling water though, that works, too.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:19:24 PM EST
Butch's Bore Shine
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:26:10 PM EST
Hoppes or CLP for a through clean otherwise i do not really clean mine i just wipe down and relube.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:26:47 PM EST
Hoppe's #9...
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:37:47 PM EST
NanoTek's bore snake and bore snake oil.

"It's just like CLP, but better" ™ ®

Actually, since everything else wants to compare itself to CLP, I just went ahead and bought a case of CLP spray.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:41:27 PM EST
A gallon of mineral spirits from Lowes...cheap
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:42:30 PM EST
Clean with hoppes 9. Final wipe down with CLP.
For pistol barrels and slides, I use a sonic cleaner with hoppes 9 in tank.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:46:35 PM EST
Gun Scrubber or non-chlorinated break cleaner.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:55:44 PM EST
I tend to prefer Shooter's Choice, but Hoppes #9 seems to work just about as well and is usually quite a bit cheaper.
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 9:58:13 PM EST
CLP
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 11:43:00 PM EST
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I've been using Mpro7. Don't even know where I got it.

Works pretty good a my rifles.

EDIT . Dumb autocorrect
Link Posted: 8/14/2017 11:55:15 PM EST
Hoppes for just a solvent, CLP for a solvent/lubricant 
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 6:44:26 AM EST
CLP
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:15:00 AM EST
I use Slip 2000 EWL for a lube so I don't need a solvent for most cleaning, but I do use MPro7 on the bore every 1000 rounds. It makes short work of the carbon build up.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:26:10 AM EST
Ed's Red or Hoppe's.

I usually mix Shooter's Choice with Kroil and some mineral spirits in a small drip bottle.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:34:34 AM EST
mineral spirits or Ed's Red on the more stubborn stuff
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:52:29 AM EST
Hoppes #9.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:53:08 AM EST
Hoppe's Elite.

Hoppe's #9 will attack nickel plating, especially on GLOCK internals. Also, it makes me sneeze.

FP10 for lube.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:54:04 AM EST
I lube with Slip 2000 and just wipe everything off if I ever want to clean it. Which I usually don't.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 9:50:55 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/15/2017 9:52:13 AM EST by wildearp]
MPro-7.  No smell.  Cleans corrosives too. Cuts carbon and grease like no other.  Buy a gallon at Brownells. This is a cleaner, not a lube. 

Makes a great drink with vodka.  (completely safe and biodegradable). 
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 9:53:32 AM EST
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Ballistol is great for black powder.   It completely emulsifies in water and seems to clean better when cut 50/50.  It does have a foul smell.  
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 9:56:39 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Circuits:
Good 'old CLP for most routine cleaning.

Simple Green aircraft formulation in my ultrasonic tubs.

But back in the day, I was a Hoppe's No. 9 man.
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The new hotness in Simple Green is the PRO HD.  It is actually purple and cuts grease much better than previous versions.  In fact, it takes Sharpie marker off the container you put it in. 

The Pro HD is non-corrosive to metals.  I have no idea how well it cleans guns.  It does a great job on greasy car parts.  It is concentrated, so read the directions. 
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 10:45:01 AM EST
I use FP-10 (current iteration: WeaponShield) for CLP on everything. It has really made me lazy.

When I need to clean and degrease something in one step (like I'm about to repaint a front sight, or touch up cold blue), I use Hoppe's Elite (basically Mpro7) water soluble cleaner. My problem with this stuff is that the spray nozzle always clogs up after a year or so and I'm forced to unscrew the top and dip in a Q-tip or something.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 10:49:47 AM EST
In the summer when it's 100deg in the garage, I clean in the house with Hoppe's Elite. It doesn't stink up the house.
In the cooler months, I clean in the garage with Hoppe's #9 or Ballistol. They both smell strong, but I like that smell. Smells like...freedom.
After either way, I use Slip2000 EWL for final lube of bores. EWG for greasing rails or BCGs.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 1:05:20 PM EST
Boretech Eliminator
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 1:42:22 PM EST
#9 or CLP for 87% of my cleaning .I will use Butch's Bore shine if I have bad copper fouling.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 1:45:45 PM EST
Boretech eliminator.
I've tried lots of gun cleaning products and I think it's the best bore cleaner. Shooter choice is a close 2nd and KG products also work well.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 3:36:56 PM EST
I like the Hoppes Elite, it cleans extremely well. The only bad part is you have to open a bottle of #9 so you get the good smell!
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 4:43:50 PM EST
Hopps #9
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 5:25:32 PM EST
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A gallon of mineral spirits from Lowes...cheap
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I used to use this & may go back to it.

I use CLP for lube, I don't like using it to clean with.

WD40 gums up over a period of time, not good for a semi.

I don't like bore paste nor bore snakes. I'm old school.

But keep the ideas coming, please. I do like the rimfire bore cleaner based on what I saw on Brownells web site. Safe for plastic too.
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 7:00:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By pat701:
Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
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Same here, unless the parts are going into the ultrasonic cleaner (a rare occasion).

I also lube everything with moly grease(slide rails) and Mobil 1 5W-20 (everywhere else)...
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 8:09:06 PM EST
Breakthrough
Link Posted: 8/15/2017 9:00:40 PM EST
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Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
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Yep, Ed's Red
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 3:01:40 AM EST
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Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
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Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
the acetone it contains is harmful to most wood finishes).
Not exactly my idea of a useful solvent............
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 3:06:20 AM EST
Gunzilla
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 4:10:30 AM EST
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Shit, that's what I'm moving away from! That shit has GUMMED up ALL of my guns when left on them for a period of time! I wouldn't put that shit on a fucking Hi-Point!
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 4:29:16 AM EST
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Not exactly my idea of a useful solvent............
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Originally Posted By pat701:
Home made, Ed's Red. Google it up, costs around $28 to make a gallon.
the acetone it contains is harmful to most wood finishes).
Not exactly my idea of a useful solvent............
I left the acetone out because it could harm plastics, too. Just use kerosene, ATF, and mineral spirits. It appears to work well even then.


I mixed up a batch and put it in a red gas can with big "GUN CLEANER" labeling, for dispensing into little solvent bottles. I haven't yet used up the first little squirt bottle.
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 9:42:21 AM EST
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Simple Green aircraft formulation in my ultrasonic tubs.
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Never heard of an "aircraft formulation" of Simple Green. Is this an over the counter product, special order or your own mix?
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 2:12:50 PM EST
I think the aircraft stuff is aluminum safe and the original is not.

I've never seen Simple Green in any aircraft shop in my life, and I've been in 'em literally since I was born 37 years ago. Everything that won't wash off with a hot water pressure washer gets washed with Av Gas.
Link Posted: 8/16/2017 2:45:08 PM EST
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Originally Posted By the_professional:
Hoppe's #9...
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This. For most cleaning.

Breakfree CLP for light cleaning.

Sweet's 7.62 for heavy duty bore cleaning.

Cheap, nonchorinated brake cleaner when l need to remove all traces of everything.
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