Question about using Mineral Spirits to clean a gun

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    Tryed soaking an AR-15 BCG for 2 days. It made no differance, pass on it.

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    Mineral spirits is a component of Ed's Red formula. I personally haven't used it, but I can't imagine that C. E. Harris would recommend a formulation including mineral spirits if it were harmful to a gun's finish.
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    Mineral spirits like acetone will thoroughly degrease any metal so be sure after using it to recoat the metal with oil or grease to prevent corrosion. Only have three plastic guns and have not tried it on them so I donít know what reaction there will be on them.
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    I think it is too much trouble to use regularly-I much prefer the MPro7, no odor/non-toxic and works fine. But, if I have a really greasy cast bullet shooting gun that I have run too long without cleaning, I use mineral spirits to get rid of the waxy buildup and carbon stuck to it then clean it with MPro (very quickly). I just don't do this in the house, where I do my normal cleaning. Haven't tried it on plastic frames but like others here I suspect that short term contact would be okay.
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    It's okay to use mineral spirits on metal parts. Lots of people use Rem Oil and it contains 35% mineral spirits. You can check the Rem Oil MSDS for verification. http://www.remington.com/~/media/Fil...l_Aerosol.ashx

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