CLP Question


July 26, 2008, 02:52 PM
Is a CLP product sufficient as cleaner and lube or do people prefer to use a dedicated cleaner then CLP for lube or maybe a three step process of cleaner, CLP, then grease? What do you all do for cleaning?

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July 26, 2008, 03:11 PM
squirt kerosene to clean(soak & shake mags in 1/2 filled plastic bottle); light spray of clp or rem oil; wd40 for short storage

July 26, 2008, 04:07 PM
I have never cared for it as a cleaner, too oily. I do use it for a lube tho.

July 26, 2008, 04:10 PM
What do you use as a cleaner then? Also do you use just one cleaner or do you use a cleaner and a special copper solvent or something like that?

July 26, 2008, 04:28 PM
I use Lube Job, a spray can cleaner/lube I picked up from a local gun shop. Works well for handguns, especially since mine do not get very dirty firing my reloads. I like trying new cleaner/lubes but for the most part a good synthetic motor oil will, in my opinion, do just as well for a lube.
Most folks lube too much anyway.

July 26, 2008, 04:33 PM
Sometimes I use BF CLP as a cleaner and sometimes I use Hoppes #9. Hoppes is the better barrel cleaner, but either works fine for cleaning the rest of the gun.

I use CLP exclusively as lube on all my guns.

July 26, 2008, 05:12 PM
Like CLP alot... but basically use it as a 'lube' and general surface cleaner and use Hoppes #9 Solvent to scrub the insides of my barrels after each shooting (then lube w/ CLP).
Usually shoot at the range weekly or every-other-week, so CLP as a lube is OK. If I was storing a gun or shooting once-or-twice every couple months, I'd probably use a Gun Oil (Hoppes) as my lube... but I find the Gun Oil, for frequent use, is kinda messy and 'over-kill'... but that's me. I try not to get too 'heavy' with the lubing (just a coating). But everyone has their own 'cleaning system'!

July 26, 2008, 05:24 PM
I use Hoppes # 9 as a cleaner and Mobil 1 as a lube on all of mine...

July 26, 2008, 06:33 PM
The "Cleaner" part of CLP is somewhat misunderstood.

While it "can" be used as a cleaner to remove fouling, it has no effect on copper fouling.
What the "Cleaner" part actually refers to is CLP's ability to keep fouling in the action soft, which allows the moving action to "sweep" the soft fouling out of the way.
This allows a weapon to continue to function beyond the point where hardened fouling would cause the weapon to malfunction.

You're better off using a dedicated solvent to remove carbon and copper fouling from the action and the bore.
Where CLP Breakfree really comes into it's own is as a lubricant and a rust preventer.

July 26, 2008, 07:10 PM
So if you clean with CLP then go shooting, do you have to do anything to remove old CLP when cleaning after shooting? Or do you just wipe it down, then solvent the barrel and CLP everything?

Also does it matter what kind of cloth you use to wipe it off or just anything that doesnt shed? I read something about certain cloths and foams absorbing oil from the gun and leaving it unprotected when stored.

July 26, 2008, 09:49 PM
Zhivago... its that simple. Here's my 'kit'...

"You just wipe it down, then solvent the barrel and CLP everything."

July 26, 2008, 11:55 PM
The purpose of cleaning a gun is to remove fouling.
That means carbon fouling in the action, bullet fouling in the bore, and...... dirty lubricant.

In the case of CLP Breakfree, wipe off all dirty lube with paper towel or a non-lint cloth and a clean toothbrush, SHAKE THE BOTTLE to mix the CLP, and apply more.

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