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What Do You Use To Clean Your Firearms?
Vanity | 10/11/12 | Randy Larsen

Posted on 10/11/2012 2:56:24 PM PDT by Randy Larsen

Free Republic has had many vanities about which gun to buy. I'm wondering what gun cleaning supplies do you depend on to protect your expensive firearms.


TOPICS: Education; Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; firearms; guncleaning; guns; hunting
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I have always depended on Hoppes products but lately technology has improved.

What do you use to maintain your weapons?

1 posted on 10/11/2012 2:56:30 PM PDT by Randy Larsen
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To: Randy Larsen

Leftist tears.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 2:58:22 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: mylife; humblegunner; NYTexan; 50cal Smokepole

Ping


3 posted on 10/11/2012 2:58:48 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen
Hoppes. I also use if for aftershave.

/johnny

4 posted on 10/11/2012 2:59:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Randy Larsen
Ed's red. The recipe is available on the internet. Over the years I have tried many different solvents, Hoppe’s, Breakfree, etc. Ed's red is just as good and is not as expensive.

I have heard of KG11. It is supposed to be very good also, but have not tried it yet.

5 posted on 10/11/2012 2:59:10 PM PDT by Glennb51
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To: Randy Larsen

Hoppes #9 for the bore


6 posted on 10/11/2012 2:59:40 PM PDT by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: Randy Larsen

Breakfree.


7 posted on 10/11/2012 3:02:49 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

***** “Hoppes. I also use if for aftershave.” *****

Me too, Hoppes #9, I have also found that the fairer sex really appreciates Deep Woods Off

TT


8 posted on 10/11/2012 3:03:09 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: Randy Larsen

When I was a small kid, I remember Daddy using Hoppes #9. I also remember Mother once said she liked the smell of Hoppes.

I still use it for most guns. I have a can of GI bore cleaner I use for corrosive primers.

After cleaning, I usually just use some old 30 Weight non detergent motor oil or sometimes mil-tec.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 3:03:56 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: JRandomFreeper

You shave?


10 posted on 10/11/2012 3:06:14 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Randy Larsen

I don’t have any guns. Lost them all in a tragic canoeing accident.


11 posted on 10/11/2012 3:07:02 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: Glennb51

I’m looking into M-PRO-7...

Has anyone tried it?


12 posted on 10/11/2012 3:07:38 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Damned if I do, Damned if I don't. Damn it, I will!)
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To: Randy Larsen; mylife; mnehring; shibumi

The Mosin breeds rust in the barrel.

I’ve tried Hoppes, soapy vasser, bore cleaner, Windex.. I’m still cleaning the thing for a week until I give up.

I’ve resigned myself to running a couple patches through it prior to firing.

It’s the ammo that does it...


13 posted on 10/11/2012 3:08:08 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Randy Larsen

Slip2000 cleaner & degreaser followed by their EWL (Extreme Weapons Lubricant) for my AR15s and AK74.


14 posted on 10/11/2012 3:08:48 PM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: Randy Larsen

Bore Snake & Hoppes #9


15 posted on 10/11/2012 3:08:48 PM PDT by fulltlt
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To: oneolcop

Yeah

I had mine stored in the outhouse.

Then—tragedy.

I ain’t going after em


16 posted on 10/11/2012 3:09:36 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: humblegunner

M-Pro-7. It’s not as aggressive as Hoppes, but it works well if you clean regularly.


17 posted on 10/11/2012 3:12:02 PM PDT by altsehastiin
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To: oneolcop

Prayers up, hope the grief has not been totally unbearable, I know mine was.


18 posted on 10/11/2012 3:12:02 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Does a fat dog still fart after eating Beano?)
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To: Randy Larsen
A lot depends on how you use your firearms. If you use your guns every once and a while, and they spend a lot of time in storage, I recommend Hoppe's. It doesn't really "dry", leaving a protective coating against rust. I carry for work (federal LE) and my guns haven't ever been shot in anger, but they get carried every day. For that reason I use Hoppe's.

You will probably get a bit better first shot accuracy for hunting with a solvent that dries up like Shooter's Choice. If you want to go high tech then Tetra Gun has a bunch of oils, greases and solvents that have some bonding polymer lubricants.

If you are worried about first shot accuracy (long range hunting) the I recommend the following video from the USAMU.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewPWplWu6ZQ&feature=youtu.be

19 posted on 10/11/2012 3:12:52 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Steve Newton
"I had mine stored in the outhouse.

Then—tragedy.

I ain’t going after em"

Sissy.....LOL

20 posted on 10/11/2012 3:13:16 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Steve Newton

Let me know if you can convince the BATFE (or whatever they’re called these days) to dive for them


21 posted on 10/11/2012 3:14:08 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: DuncanWaring

Only his intimate areas..:)


22 posted on 10/11/2012 3:14:50 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: DuncanWaring
Sometimes. This time of year, I normally let my beard grow out for winter.

/johnny

23 posted on 10/11/2012 3:14:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Randy Larsen

Hoppes #9. I’ll never change from it regardless of how much solvent technology “improves”. It just works!


24 posted on 10/11/2012 3:15:00 PM PDT by RobertClark (Be prepared, be polite, be professional and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Randy Larsen

For all except muzzleloaders, it’s Hoppe’s for the bore and Breakfree CLP. Caution: When using any copper solvents like Hoppe’s on a chromed bore, be sure to get ALL the solvent out. Most chromed barrels have a copper layer under the chrome (part of the chroming process). Any imperfection in the chrome will let the solvent get at the copper if given enough time. It’ll ruin a bore and your day.

For muzzleloaders, I use a homemade mix of equal parts isopropyl alcohol and blue juice (windshield washer fluid). Cuts the crud better and dries a whole lot faster than water-based solvents (or spit, but sometimes that’s all that’s available…)


25 posted on 10/11/2012 3:15:20 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management.)
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To: Randy Larsen
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26 posted on 10/11/2012 3:16:55 PM PDT by B-Cause (The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money - Thatcher)
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To: humblegunner

To go after hard core bore corrosion you may have to go to JB bore cleaner. It has an abrasive. I have only used it to break in barrels by the manufacturer’s instructions or attempts at reconditioning really old barrels. My father thought of it as a last resort, but I don’t think it’s that bad.


27 posted on 10/11/2012 3:17:19 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Steve Newton

I use a heat gun and apply Froglube. Its a product an Navy Seal invented and the Seals use it.

The Froglube bonds with the metal when heated and coats the
finish and bore. After shooting several hundred rounds, all
you have to do is run a dry patch thru the bore and the
fouling just flakes off and the bore is clean.

It even makes rounds travel up to 7% faster.


28 posted on 10/11/2012 3:17:45 PM PDT by Zenjitsuman
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Hoppes. I also use it for aftershave.”

So that’s how you catch all the babes!!!!!!!!


29 posted on 10/11/2012 3:19:58 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: Randy Larsen

Hopes 9, Winchester, Breakfree, whatever.

Just clean and clean and clean til the little white thingys come out white.


30 posted on 10/11/2012 3:20:03 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Randy Larsen

Bump


31 posted on 10/11/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Randy Larsen

Just the smell of Hoppe’s takes me back to deer camp 50 years ago - with Dad and my brother cleaning our rifles, cooking up some fresh backstrap for supper. It’s a fine solvent, along with Outer’s gun oil and a fresh silicone impregnated cloth for a final wipe down.


32 posted on 10/11/2012 3:20:30 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a Model 1911.)
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To: Randy Larsen

I use Ballistol, the usual rods, bore brushes, old toothbrushes, cleaning patches. I tried a ‘boresnake’, but it broke, while in the barrel.

There is a YouTube video by Hickok45 titled, “Cleaning Revolvers”, but he goes into the Ballistol product, too.

My ‘local armorer’ was the one who turned me onto the stuff.


33 posted on 10/11/2012 3:20:30 PM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: humblegunner

Clean within two hours of firing with lots of hot water (it’s OK to use cold water but hot water evaporates faster). After that clean out the gilding metal with a copper solvent (Hoppes is fine) and finish the job with WD-40. Yes, I said WD-40. WD-40 is an EXCELLENT rust preventative but a terrible lubricant and loses effectiveness rapidly with age. Be sure to lubricate only with a quality gun oil, and swab the barrel with fresh WD-40 every six months. You shouldn’t have any more rust trouble,


34 posted on 10/11/2012 3:22:00 PM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Randy Larsen

Hoppes 9 for general purpose, and nostalgia. For gas operated guns where carbon buildup is a problem, M-Pro7 works great.


35 posted on 10/11/2012 3:22:13 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Randy Larsen

as a wife and a mom to three gun shootin sons and one gun shooting husband it is Hoppes and I love the smell ....I wish they made a Hoppes diffuser....


36 posted on 10/11/2012 3:27:36 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Randy Larsen; Steve Newton

I’ll never be the same.


37 posted on 10/11/2012 3:33:49 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: Terry L Smith

LOL!

Good on you for using the words, “Ballistol,” and, “Hickok45,” in the same post.

We walk the same path.


38 posted on 10/11/2012 3:34:31 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER" -Alfonzo Rachel)
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To: fulltlt

>>Bore Snake & Hoppes #9

This.


39 posted on 10/11/2012 3:36:17 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: Randy Larsen
I have bought space-age rust preventatives for $20 an ounce, and all kinds of miracle cleaning products, etc. Nothing beats Hoppes products for general cleaning. WD-40 works great to protect the bore. I use CLP for lubrication, but Hoppes or Rem-Oil work great.

Probably the only thing that could still stand to be improved is copper solvents. I use Hoppes Copper Solvent, but it is weak as water. Straight ammonia works great but it will peel your eyes and you need to be snappy about cleanup to prevent corrosion.

40 posted on 10/11/2012 3:36:43 PM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: Terry L Smith

Ditto Ballistol. Hickok 45 videos on YouTube are top notch viewing.


41 posted on 10/11/2012 3:36:43 PM PDT by golf lover (going)
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To: Randy Larsen

For removing copper fouling, there’s a foaming cleaner, “Outers” to the best of my recollection.

Had a can, used it up, and couldn’t find it again.

Better than Gunslick, but Gunslick is also fairly good.


42 posted on 10/11/2012 3:37:14 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: USNBandit
Great video with info I never thought about, then I clcked on this one.

Camp Shower

43 posted on 10/11/2012 3:38:52 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Randy Larsen

I use chunks of deceased Islamonazi beards as cleaning wads.


44 posted on 10/11/2012 3:40:05 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: Randy Larsen

GUNKOUT! It’s expensive but I’ve yet to find a better solvent!


45 posted on 10/11/2012 3:41:52 PM PDT by old school
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To: Randy Larsen

<< I’m looking into M-PRO-7...Has anyone tried it? >>

It’s the only thing I use. The smell from Hoppes and all the other solvents affects me physically (in a bad way).

Been using MP Pro for years. Water based. Cleans great (better than Hoppes in my opinion). No residue. Minimal smell (still need to work in well-venilated area).


46 posted on 10/11/2012 3:43:53 PM PDT by Klaatu Barada Nikto (Liberty is not a Loophole)
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To: muir_redwoods

LOL

You got it!


47 posted on 10/11/2012 3:49:30 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Randy Larsen

Hoppes #9. Sometimes RemOil. Johnson’s paste wax on blued guns.


48 posted on 10/11/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: oneolcop

Yes

It is traumatic


49 posted on 10/11/2012 3:51:42 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: traditional1

Yep

:A man has to know his limitations.

That one is mine

LOL


50 posted on 10/11/2012 3:53:29 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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