Hoppe's No. 9


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Sven
December 21, 2002, 03:44 AM
Picked up some Hoppe's Nitro Powder Solvent No. 9 tonight at the range and cleaned with it for the first time in... oh... 15 years.

I was instantly transported back to cleaning guns with my dad back in Minnesota. The power of smell.

Is it just me, or just that stuff stick around after you clean.

Don't really mind it - actually wondering if anyone makes Hoppe's-scented after shave.

-s

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Marko Kloos
December 21, 2002, 09:12 AM
Just use No.9 straight up as after shave. Hey, it'll get rid of carbon buildup on your face.

It does have a pretty unique smell, that's for sure. The two scents you wouldn't be able to identify unless you knew their origin are Hoppe's and freshly killed skunk. Everybody in this country knows what pureed skunk smells like. Whenever I have visitors from Germany, and we drive through a cloud of eau de skunk on the road somewhere, they have no idea what on earth could smell that revolting.

Kaylee
December 21, 2002, 10:37 AM
I have a friend who really did consider using Hoppes as some kinda cologne. Seems he had a girlfriend (who just missed getting on the Olympic rifle team) that got all weak-kneed and flutter-hearted at the smell. :)


-K

Sven
December 21, 2002, 01:30 PM
From what I remember of my organic chemistry days, those sweet smells are generally esters... pretty much the only chemical I enjoyed catching a whiff of (not a huff, a whiff) while working in the fume hood.

I wonder if the formula of Hoppe's is protected like the formula for Coca Cola.

C.R.Sam
December 22, 2002, 12:43 AM
Kaylee...
I can attest to the validity of your friend's findings.

#9 scent is a time machine for me.

Scents are extremely good memory triggers.

Sam

Art Eatman
December 22, 2002, 09:58 AM
Heck, Sam, just talking about Hoppe's #9 sets off a chain of memories. I think of the long-defunct Petmecky's Sporting Goods in Austin, with its hundreds of long guns racked along one wall. My grandfather would take me along for an infrequent purchase of a box of .22 shells. My grandfather was a friend of Ad Toepperwein's. Mr. Toepperwein's wife had the habit of saying, "Plink!" whenever she shot. That gave us the word "plinking".

Plinking is fun shooting, mostly with .22s, which brings up the various .22s I've played with. That gets to the micro-adventures of one's life while woods-wandering. This can segue into "real" hunting with centerfires, which starts one into memories of hunt camp...

All from just talking about Hoppe's #9!

:), Art

C.R.Sam
December 22, 2002, 12:17 PM
And...
Mrs. T (Plinky) could beat nearly anybody, any sex, any time at any shotgun game.

Sam

AAChang
December 22, 2002, 09:08 PM
If anyone does find a Hoppe #9 cologne, let me know, I like that smell too

Gophfer
December 22, 2002, 09:19 PM
I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning, and Hoppe's #9 in the afternoon.

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Brian Williams
December 22, 2002, 10:07 PM
Black powder, 22lr primer, Hoppe's #9, plain old LSA in a M16.

Smells to bring back great memories.

twoblink
December 23, 2002, 01:01 AM
They say that scent is the best memory trigger of all your senses. I believe that. From one of my previous threads, seems that people prefer Hoppes 9 to CLP..

Not to hijack the thread, but people tell me that MPro7 is a great cleaner. I've never found that to be the case; what am I doing wrong with it? I usually prefer Hoppes, but when the ladies are over, the Mpro comes out as it has no smell.

Dave McCracken
December 23, 2002, 05:03 AM
Always makes me think of Pop, one of the first memories I can recall is him cleaning his guns and Mom's rifle.

Like many of us that ritualize things, when he was done he'd say, "Take care of your guns and they'll take care of you"...

Neal Bloom
December 24, 2002, 01:17 PM
I was cleaning out the garage the other day and found a full bottle of Hoppes that I had bought in 1980. Still had the price tag on it from a store that is no longer. Does the stuff age like fine wine? Can I use it or is it best to leave it alone?

I do agree the smell brings back fond memories of my youth. My dad had us clean out the rifles after every use. Amazing stuff.

C.R.Sam
December 24, 2002, 01:28 PM
Neal...
Shake and use.
Better than fine wine.
Wine doesn't clean firearms well.

Sam

Brrlgrrl
December 24, 2002, 01:30 PM
Yep, smells like Saturday morning with all of us kids gathered around the kitchen table. Mom, Dad, my three brothers and I cleaning away. I was probably eleven or twelve before I realized that not every family spent their Saturday mornings this way!
A family that shoots together, stays together. More than twenty years have passed and we still shoot together. Thanks for the very nice Christmas gift, Oleg and everyone!
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!:)

Chugach
December 24, 2002, 01:39 PM
Yeah, that smell is an amazingly strong memory trigger for me too. Takes me back to those crisp, cold, clear-blue-sky days in October that were such a relief after the swelter of August and September.

It meant squirrel and rabbit season was here!

deputy tom
December 24, 2002, 02:26 PM
I've still got the first bottle of Hoppe's that my Father gave to Me.It was His at least 20 yrs before I got it 40 yrs ago.It's smell transports Me back to those good old days when daily troubles barely exsisted for a young boy.My wife loves the odor also,which makes My life easier.tom.:)

Sisco
December 24, 2002, 03:39 PM
I have actually taken an old pine tree car air freshner and soaked in in #9 and put it in my car. Smells kinda like cleaning guns in the woods.

JeFF D
December 24, 2002, 03:41 PM
I'll admit to wearing it as cologne once or twice, wondering if its bad for the skin?? :)

Erich
December 24, 2002, 05:27 PM
A friend of mine brought me with him to buy an H&K Tactical USP .45 last week. He wanted to know what solvent to buy . . . I made him buy Hoppe's just so I could smell it again (I've been using Break-Free and Shooter's Choice lo these many years).

Blackhawk
December 24, 2002, 06:46 PM
Does the stuff age like fine wine? Can I use it or is it best to leave it alone? It's perfumed kerosene, so it's way older than you are -- by maybe a few million years.

Iggy
December 24, 2002, 10:09 PM
All the cool kids were sniffin' glue.. I was sniffin' Hoppe's

I love that smell.

RustyHammer
December 24, 2002, 10:11 PM
My kids always know when I have been to the range .. because I always smell like Hoppe's No. 9 that evening.

Hkmp5sd
December 25, 2002, 12:27 AM
There is always a faint background smell of Hoppe's in my house. Seems like I'm always cleaning something and I wash the rags I use during cleaning. Until wash day, they accumulate in the garage and everytime you pass through, you get a little re-freshening dose.

RON in PA
December 25, 2002, 12:46 AM
I take my yearly bath in Hoppe's # 9.

Preacherman
December 25, 2002, 12:56 AM
Ron - your YEARLY bath? Better use a couple cans of Gun Scrubber before the Hoppe's bath!!! :D :D :D

Redlg155
December 25, 2002, 01:02 AM
That stuff smells pretty good. But then I don't make it a habit of sniffing the snuff.

It sure beats the smell of the old military GAA grease.

Good SHooting
RED

PATH
December 25, 2002, 01:03 AM
Hoppes #9 does it all! Well, almost everything. The smell is distinct and it is comforting! don't know if I would go sniffing the bottle though. ;)

ezoeni
December 25, 2002, 01:53 AM
I havent used it years. I have a supply of the military break free. Ill have to go buy some this weekend again just because.

Blackhawk
December 25, 2002, 01:53 AM
It sure beats the smell of the old military GAA grease. The blue stuff? It smelled like overly ripe underwear....

sjSIG
December 25, 2002, 03:30 AM
Speaking of Hoppes, maybe someone else ran across this too. I seem to remember reading a post in some thread on another forum that due to an EPA ruling years back that one of the ingredients in the original Hoppes formula (curiously enough the one that gave the distinguishing scent) was toxic or cancerous or something. Anyway, it forced the makers of Hoppes to adjust the formula but were careful to add other things to keep the scent as close to the original as possible.

Apparently if you were to hold a bottle of the original formula of 25-30 years ago, and a bottle of the current formula, you MIGHT be able to tell the difference but most wouldn't. The makers of Hoppes were definitely not stupid !!

Anyone know anything about this??

Blackhawk
December 25, 2002, 08:49 PM
Could that have been MEK (MethylEthylKetone)?

That stuff is a very powerful solvent that would take the stripes off a zebra, and it was severely clamped down on in the '70s.

Chugach
December 25, 2002, 09:27 PM
Hmmm. I have a bottle that dates to that era...probably late 70's.

Erik
December 25, 2002, 09:45 PM
Ol' Hoppes #9...

(Inhaling)

Ahhhh.

Nostalgia in a bottle, besides useful.

Chugach
December 25, 2002, 09:53 PM
I bought the jumbo bottle...don't know what I was thinking. I'll probably be passing this on to my yet-to-be grandkids...

Kinda like buying a gallon of wood glue!

sjSIG
December 26, 2002, 02:26 AM
Thanks Blackhawk...I think that must be it...I remember it was one of those long "ethyl" names and the timing is right. They said it was nasty stuff.

Chris

J Miller
December 26, 2002, 09:30 AM
:D Hoppe's #9, my favorite scent.

A day of shooting isn't complete till the Hoppe's comes out.

I've tried other brands, some that would clean you sinus cavities out from across the room, and others that smell like pancake syrip. Tried CLP, gunscrubber, and others, but nothing works and smells like good ole Hoppe's #9.

I just bought a new pint bottle . Wanted a quart, but couldn't find it.

OH, here is a use for Hoppe's. If you ever leave a good ball point pen in your car in the summer and the refill leaks all over the inside of the pen, soak it in Hoppe's #9. Ball pen ink is mostly an oil, and Hoppe's will disolve it without hurting the pen.

Chugach
December 26, 2002, 02:58 PM
So if you want to get ink stains out of your shirt and accomplish the cologne thing also while clearing your sinuses, we have a solution? Wash lightly afterwards, and you're good to go. ;)

Dang, never knew I had such a versatile product sitting in my garage...

Bainx
December 26, 2002, 08:47 PM
Hoppes is what you use each 4th cleaning of the gun, having used Ed's Red the prior cleanings. Hoppes will get the copper fouling our while Ed's does not do a great job of it.

mnealtx
December 27, 2002, 01:50 AM
You mean #9 ISN'T a cologne? :D

Typical post-range activities:

/me cleaning the pistols with #9

/wife sniffs every couple of minutes, smiles and says "Mmmm, I LOVE that smell!"

If I could convert that into a cologne, I'd be rich, I tell you...

peteinct
December 27, 2002, 09:27 AM
Hi everyone,
I like the hoppe's smell but it lingers. I use clp now the hoppes must have acetone in it and I dissolved 2 sets of plastic grips and took some of the finish off of a polymer coated pistol.
Also something that smells as strong as that cant be that good to inhale! pete

inutero1212
October 20, 2008, 01:42 AM
CLP works like garbage, hoppes to clean militec-1 to lube

moooose102
October 20, 2008, 07:15 AM
i certainly hope you guys are joking about using it as cologne, bathing in it ( i know that is a joke) etc. that stuff does seep into an through the skin, and ends up in your liver. enough of it and you wont have to worry about your sense of smell. because the only thing you will be smelling is your own decaying flesh in a box underground. and yes, it does go bad over the years. i think more to contamination than age. as for the new bottle that is 20 years old, if it looks and smells like new, it is probably good to go. sealed is sealed. the stuff on the inside doesnt have a calender. and i have yet to see an expiration date on a bottle. i also can relate to remembering dad teaching me how to clean our guns. GOOOOOD MEMORIES i hope to pass them along to my kids as well.

qajaq59
October 20, 2008, 07:22 AM
It really does bring back memories. It might even work for guys with amnesia?

Hkmp5sd
October 20, 2008, 04:53 PM
Talk about reviving a Zombie thread. This thread predates the opening to the public of THR.

average_shooter
October 20, 2008, 11:25 PM
Hoppes #9; bringing back memories and zombie threads for years :neener:

The Lone Haranguer
October 21, 2008, 11:20 AM
Talk about reviving a Zombie thread. This thread predates the opening to the public of THR.
But it is such a timeless subject. :D

ProShooter
October 21, 2008, 11:23 AM
I will never, ever use anything other than Hoppes #9 to clean my guns, period.

and I second the idea of a Hoppes cologne...love that smell

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 21, 2008, 01:39 PM
i certainly hope you guys are joking about using it as cologne, bathing in it ( i know that is a joke) etc. that stuff does seep into an through the skin, and ends up in your liver. enough of it and you wont have to worry about your sense of smell. because the only thing you will be smelling is your own decaying flesh in a box underground.

I was JUST wondering about this very subject couple days ago moooose - what kind of gloves do you wear, and just how dangerous is a bore solvent like that - how much skin exposure before leading to disease? I wash quickly after cleaning, but perhaps I should wear gloves....??

Mossberg88
October 21, 2008, 01:57 PM
You might know you're a gun enthusiast if you're using Hoppes #9 as air freshner/cologne.
Btw, does anyone make a gunpowder scented cologne? :D

loose cannon
October 21, 2008, 02:30 PM
back in 2002 my wife hated the smell of #9

i guess its good for her that in 2007 she's my ex-wife and shacked up with a hoplophobe lol:neener:

wep45
October 21, 2008, 02:35 PM
you can get it at the pharmacy department in your local wal mart;)

Pure Kustom
October 21, 2008, 03:20 PM
Good stuff!!!

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