What do you use to clean your weapons?

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    What do you use to clean your weapons?

    I have been using Hoppe's #9 and then when I am done cleaning all the parts inside and out, spraying them down lightly with Remington Rem Oil.

    I bought a Bore Snakes about a year ago for my Kimber .45 and today I bought 2 more one for my Stag Arms AR-15 and one for my Winchester Defender 1200.

    Does anyone know of a cleaner that does not smell up the house as much as Hoppe's #9?

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    For cleaning the bore, you can use a gel such as Blue Wonder or Tetra Gun's products. Will only get you put into the gun room, instead of the dog house, so to speak.

    Some rely on regular cleaning via Break-Free CLP. I use it, and it's pretty good. Gets 99% of the fouling and gunge. They have a bore paste, as well, which comes in a tube. If doing a full strip, scrub and cleaning, I find that the CLP gets everywhere it should. (Though, with the large spray can, it can also get some places it shouldn't [as with any spray can], so be forewarned.) The liquid form (in the bottle) works well with the bore snakes, too. With the exception of the heavy-lifting required for the bore, at times, I find that CLP covers every other aspect of the cleaning.

    If shooting a lot, an an occasional use of a good copper/lead bore solvent leaves everything spic and span. The Blue Wonder and Tetra products work well for copper/lead fouling. CLP isn't bad with copper/moly fouling, and I don't worry too much about straight lead fouling since I don't reload and only use semi- or fully-jacketed bullets.

    I've used the Wipe-Out foaming cleaner, as well. Works nicely, with far less smell than Hoppe's #9. Seems to work better in bores than the CLP product.

    For further thoughts, here's a long discussion thread from not too long ago: click.
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    I like M Pro 7 for cleaning and treating the metal. I use Wilson's gun grease for lube, it just stays in place better than anything I've found for our desert heat.

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    Ditto on the Wilson's UltimaLube, for hot climes. Works very well, staying put. A little dab'll do ya. Perfect for slide rails and parts of the action, when an oil's too thin and mobile.
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    Hoppes Elite doesnt have the smell #9 does. but my gun shop guy is trying to get me to switch to break free products as well

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    Hoppes # 9

    Never been a complaint about it's smell in this household.

    Grandpa used it, Dad used it, I use it. Can a smell be historic?

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    I have always used CLP with great results.
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    I have 3 cans. Two are Outers oil and solvent. I have an extra can of the Remington brand of solvent too. And the last can is an aerosol air can. I use a rod and old rags to clean the barrel and other parts.

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    I use a variety of products to include;
    Hoppes # 9
    Eezox (a great solvent)
    Ballistol
    Slip 2000 carbon cutter (works great on a P7 piston)
    Birchwood casey Lead remover cloth

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    Hoppes # 9, or Butch's 'bore shine' for inside all barrels. CLP for the rest of things, 'Zero Friction' for lube points/slide rails, and Shooter's Choice rust prevent for the outsides of everything and metal magazines.

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    I like Hoppes Elite.

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    Ed's Red...

    Nothing beats it.

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    Hoppes #9 and gun scrubber. Lube with Tetra gun grease or CLP depending on what I'm cleaning.

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    Sweet's 7.62 solvent for the bore, Hoppe's for everything else.
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