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Cleaning the frame

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by utbrowningman, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. utbrowningman

    utbrowningman Well-Known Member

    Bought a Browning Pro-9 this week. Shot a box of Tula without a hiccup and then stripped and cleaned. Is there a cleaning solution I can spray into all parts of the frame to just give it a really good cleaning?
  2. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Unless you strip the gun down to a bare frame...I wouldn't recommed you spray a lot of solvents in there ( they remove all the lubrication )...

    ....so you really need to take the gun down to a bare frame once in a while ( I do it about every 6,000 rounds ) or at least once a year on all my guns ...and then while you have it all apart, you can inspect all the parts for wear - lube everything properly - and reassemble.

    But I do like spray solvents...like Gun Scrubber or Shooters Choice products...depending on what products its easy for you to get locally....
  3. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I've used carburetor cleaner (solvent type; not soapy) with great success for decades. it's never harmed any plastic (or "tupperware") and is a far better value than the gun specific spray. People sometimes forget modern fuel systems have plastic parts in the fuel stream so the sprays have to be "plastic friendly".

    But they do remove oils and greases very effecticely so proper lubrication and protection is called for after use and drying.
  4. 777TRUTH

    777TRUTH Well-Known Member

    Non Chlorinated Brake Parts Cleaner.
  5. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Be forewarned, carb. cleaner is nasty stuff and will strip Ceracoat finishes.
  6. utbrowningman

    utbrowningman Well-Known Member

    What about Birchwood Casy Gun Scrubber? Supposed to be safe for polymer.
  7. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    Spray in CLP (or similar cleaner/lubricant), then blow out excess with air compressor.
  8. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    That's a good option and so is Shooter's Choice Polymer Safe Degreaser. If you're concerned about damaging polymer avoid ingredients like ketones (including acetone), halogenated hydrocarbons (chlorinated or florinated), methyl acetate and methylene chloride.
  9. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

    I've got an FNP-40, which is the same as the Browning Pro series.

    I just use Q-tips soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean the frame. I am pretty anal about it, it takes me about 15 minutes. Then I go back through with a Qtip and some Ballistol....you could use just the ballistol and get it pretty clean
  10. Omaney

    Omaney Well-Known Member

    Any polymer frame I own gets soaked in simple green, lightly scrubbed with a toothbrush, rinsed, then blown dry with compressed air. Lube where necessary. YMMV
  11. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Ahh Simple Green! Simply don't use it on aluminum, it promotes corrosion and embrittlement.
  12. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I like using WD-40. Buy it in the metal can and it lasts a really long time. After cleaning I just drop a little CLP on the slide rails and barrel and it's good to go.

    Carb cleaner also works well for really bad buildup. Not all brands are equal though, I have found Gumout to work the best.
  13. Keith_Alva

    Keith_Alva Member

    I use rem oil as an all purpose gun oil. A quick spray on the frame and let the gun set on a table for a couple hours and then wipe it down with a cotton cloth. Not a huge fan of any corrosive solvents.

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