Best Bore Cleaner?


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jonnyc
January 21, 2008, 02:07 PM
I just dropped my bottle of Birchwood "Bore Scrubber" and now have the "opportunity" to try something new. Any suggestions for a top cleaner that's good for both copper and lead fouling?

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johnle
January 21, 2008, 03:00 PM
if you can handle the ammonia smell, sweet's 7.62

it destroys copper

CWL
January 21, 2008, 03:32 PM
I've been converted to the new foaming bore cleaners. These coat the barrel in foam so there is full contact with residue in barrel rather than liquid cleaners which may not stay in place.

I fill the barrel for 15-30 minutes and let it do the hard work for me.

I think that all of the 'name brands" will work the same.

Walkalong
January 21, 2008, 03:39 PM
Butches Bore Shine & Shooters Choice are both excellent all around bore cleaners. For bad copper buildup I like Bore Techs Eliminator. It gets rid of copper as well as the ammonia based products copper cutters like Sweets and no smell. Sweets is for copper, not all around bore cleaning.

The Bushmaster
January 21, 2008, 03:44 PM
There sooo many to choose from. I have been using Hoppe's Benchrest #9 copper solvent for years. I've tried others including the Al Gore friendly solvents and keep coming back to Hoppe's Benchrest #9...It does have a smell like any of the good ones will...

jad0110
January 21, 2008, 03:59 PM
Breakfree CLP always works well for me. Just spray it down the bore and let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Makes cleanup a snap.

I've been converted to the new foaming bore cleaners. These coat the barrel in foam so there is full contact with residue in barrel rather than liquid cleaners which may not stay in place.

They do work well, though I had heard that they are very harsh, so I only used foaming cleaners on stainless steel guns. Maybe someone else can comment.

Ops Officer
January 21, 2008, 04:14 PM
I suppose the best all-around bore cleaner I've found is Blue Wonder cleaner, which is a gel. I just run a brush of it through the bore about times, stow the barrel in a recloseable bag for an hour, and then run patches through the bore. Blue Wonder seems to work much better than the foams. There might be other gels on the market. It has to be way the gel sticks to the rifling that makes it more effective than liquid. Blue Wonder works well for stubborn deposits elsewhere on my guns as well. But there other general cleaners that work quite well if you clean your guns right after use.

jaydubya
January 21, 2008, 06:56 PM
I've been using Hoppe's #9 in its various versions for nigh unto -- well, a really long time.
Cordially, Jack

CWL
January 22, 2008, 02:42 AM
I've been converted to the new foaming bore cleaners. These coat the barrel in foam so there is full contact with residue in barrel rather than liquid cleaners which may not stay in place.

They do work well, though I had heard that they are very harsh, so I only used foaming cleaners on stainless steel guns. Maybe someone else can comment.

I doubt it, I'm sure that these contain the same chemicals that are in liquid cleaners except they are suspended in a foam.

Honestly, I seriously doubt that the contents of standard "name brand" solvents are much different from each other. Most of the difference is packaging, hype and price.

rhubarb
January 22, 2008, 10:27 PM
I've used Gunk Bug and Tar Remover with good results. Foamy (not foam) aerosol and cheaper than "gun cleaners". Of course, it doesn't get the lead out, but it cleans powder fouling like nobody's business.

Rinspeed
January 22, 2008, 10:37 PM
Shooters Choice is my favorite.

jdomin
January 23, 2008, 09:12 PM
hoppes

Snapping Twig
January 24, 2008, 04:02 AM
Shooter's Choice/Hoppe's #9 are my favorites for general cleaning.

Break Free Foaming Bore Cleaner is my new go-to for copper cleaning.

Butch's Bore Cleaner and Sweet's 7.62 are pretty much the same, both good.

Gold Medallion for those few times when some extra elbow grease is needed.

I find that a Copper Brite pad, when strands of it are wrapped around a cleaning brush, is excellent for deleading. Just as good as a Lewis Deleading tool.

Deanimator
January 24, 2008, 11:38 AM
Butches Bore Shine & Shooters Choice are both excellent all around bore cleaners.
+1 on the Shooter's Choice. I've been using it for over ten years and have no complaints. For a lubricant, anti-corrosion product I like ClenzOil. They make a great combination.

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