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This is a discussion on Your top 3 cleaning chemicals? within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; I was just wondering what 3 chemicals you use the most while cleaning your firearms? As for me I use the following: 1. Hoppes - ...
I was just wondering what 3 chemicals you use the most while cleaning your firearms? As for me I use the following:
1. Hoppes - I use this for a basic quick clean, wipe down, lube and sometimes for detailing.
2. CLP Break Free - This stuff works wonders for breaking up stuck on carbon and really well for a detail clean. Also works great for breaking up rust spots.
3. MIL-SPEC grease pots - I love this stuff to lube up and make parts slide like butter (especially in my older surplus military rifles). This stuff works better then any oil I've ever used to lube moving parts.
I use others, but these are my top 3 go to cleaners and lubes.
A side note, I also find vinegar is excellent for breaking up gunk in your barrel. What you do is take your barrel off. Then you plug the side of the barrel with the feed ramp with something like clay or even soften candle wax. Make sure the wax is hard before you begin, and make sure it is sealed with a test first lest you make a huge mess. Pour some vinegar into the barrel from the muzzle end until it is full. Let is sit over night upright (or about 12 hours), then drain it. Take the plug out. Run a snake with some oil first, then again with a solvent of your choice a few times (I prefer Break Free). The one more time dry... then voila, you have a squeaky clean shiny new barrel.
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hoppyes copper & lead solvent
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Hoppe's No. 9 (general purpose solvent-most often used)
Sweet's 7.62 bore solvent (for copper fouling in rifles)
World War II vintage G. I. bore cleaner (for occasions when corrosively primed ammunition is used)
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Ammonia for anything that uses corrosive ammo
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I use the following:
* Simple Green
* Ammonia and water
* Break Free CLP
Mineral Spirits, Acetone, MEK.
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Started off with #9, then Birchwood Casey Bore Scrubber, then Sweet's 7.62, now:
Sharpshooter's Wipeout for the bore and G96 for everything else - just as/more effective as 7.62, without the stank/toxicity.
2. Brian Enos SlideGlide
(Yeah, only the GunZilla is really for cleaning, but those three get me start-to-finish on pretty much every firearm I own.)
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1) m-pro 7 for cleaning
2) ballistol or breakfree for a general purpose clp
3) mobil 1 for lube
1.Gunzilla (main cleaner)
2.WD-40 (part cleaner/ part light lube)
3.Mobil1 Synthetic ATF (main oil/corrosion retarder)
Hoppes #9, Non-chlorinated brake cleaner, BreakFree CLP
Hoppes #9 also.
Clenzoil gun oil
Plain old water with a little Murphys oil soap for the blackpowder rifles
Pure Gum Turpentine for removing lead.
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