Copper Solvent

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    Copper Solvent

    I've always used copper solvent on my rifles during regular cleaning, and even my shotgun occasionally when performing a detailed cleaning for storage. I use it on my Glock occasionally for the same reasons, just because my Glock is a work horse and frequently gets close to a thousand rounds put through it when I attend shooting "get togethers" with my friends.

    Does anyone here frequently use copper solvent on their pistols? I don't feel right not using it, but don't know if its actually safe to use on pistols or not. What the deal is, jive turkey? ;)

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    Honestly, I really cant tell the difference when I use either.

    I usually use "Gun Scrubber" for cleaning my bores.
    Although, l after shooting any of my guns, I clean them to the point where its just as clean as when I bought the gun new. Many people tell me that's overkill, but I like it to be SUPER CLEAN!

    If you are using enough bore brush strokes and mopping with patches, I really dont see how you would really need a special copper solvent.

    Of course everyone's experience is different, but I just gave you mine.

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    I'm pretty meticulous when it comes to cleaning my firearms, and I must say the copper solvent DOES work, no matter how clean you think your bore is. I give my bore a full cleaning, dry it, and then apply the solvent just to see how much copper is removed. The patches will usually come out clean, but blue instead of white.

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    I use it on every firearm I own. I don't see why it wouldn't be "safe" to use. Also I thought on Glocks and all other firearms with polyaganol (or however you spell that darn word) rifiling it was even more important to use copper solvent.

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    I use copper solvent on my pistols but only after 500-1000 rounds. I've found that they just don't copper-foul badly enough to bother with it every time. Not to mention the accuracy drop is just not apparent like it is on a rifle. But I think it's worth doing every once in a while, especially with the polygonal barrels. If nothing else it'll make regular cleanings easier if you get the copper out every once in a while.

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    IIRC the copper solvent has to use ammonia - and that is not as I have been led to believe a good thing to leave in the bore - possibility of erosion I am thinking.

    That said - it seems important to ensure total post-cleaning after using it ... so none remains.

    A tad off-topic - Anyone found any good de-leading formula? I use a Lewis de-leader for handguns but in my Ruger #1 have to use bore-scubber - also some residue after shooting cast bullets eventually. Not found anything that really does the trick fully - and I am not likely to be trying mercury any time soon
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    Chris,

    I use the Outer's foam, the can says it contains no ammonia and is non-abrading. I've also come to the understanding that ammonia isn't a good thing.

    To everyone else,
    Thanks for the replies. I like to use it every cleaning since theres never any telling how long they'll sit before they're taken out again. I didn't know it was that much more important with polygonal barrels, why is this?

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    Ahh the Outers - must check that out.

    I am making an assumption re polygonal barrels - I am thinking they will require a greater degree of bullet deformation during the engraving and need to be kept free of build up. That said - I have to think of how many Glocks go on and on with nary a clean .
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    IIRC the copper solvent has to use ammonia
    I use ammonia to remove copper from my bores and just wash out and rinse thoroughly.... I coat the bore with CLP and wipe out, never a corrosion problem....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan H View Post
    The patches will usually come out clean, but blue instead of white.
    In case anyone doesnt know, the blue is copper......
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    Quote Originally Posted by dimmak View Post
    In case anyone doesnt know, the blue is copper......
    Yep, just look at the statue of liberty!
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