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Using lighter fluid to clean bore???

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by RDCL, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. RDCL

    RDCL Well-Known Member

    A co-worker freind of mine & I were talking about gun cleaning at work the other day. My freind stated that he uses lighter fluid instead of Hoppes for cleaning out his guns.

    I kept stating that he should be using a dedicated cleaner/solvent like Hoppes....but he dis-agrees and says his method is cheaper & better.

    I've never heard of this practice of swabbing out with lighter fluid......what say you guys?

  2. .45Guy

    .45Guy Well-Known Member

    I've been known to use kerosene when it was all I had. It works fairly well for cosmolene removal as well.
  3. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Well-Known Member

    Might wreck the finish on the wood, but it probably cleans the bore pretty well. Just be sure to oil it afterwards.
  4. Gatofeo

    Gatofeo Well-Known Member

    Lighter fluid is not nearly as good as Hoppes No. 9.
    It may remove powder fouling, but it will do nothing to remove lead and copper fouling.
    I know because I use both.
    I clean with Hoppes No. 9. When the bore is completely clean, I lightly oil with 3-In-1 or other light oil if I'm going to store the gun for any length of time.
    At the range I use lighter fluid on a patch to degrease the chamber and bore before firing. It's very good for this as it leaves no substances behind. It also comes in a handy applicator, with spout, that allows you to neatly put a few drops on a patch.

    But lighter fluid as a total cleaner? No. I use it solely as a degreaser before shooting.
    It's also useful for degreasing small parts or sights before using touch-up bluing.
  5. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    No, naphtha won't hurt the finish on much of anything. I use it a lot at the shop for cleaning plaques, removing stickers and the like. It does do a nice job of degreasing, but I doubt it would clean the bore very well.

    A cheaper way to buy it is by the quart at a home center (VM&P Naphtha). That's solvent grade though, don't use it in your Zippo. ;)
  6. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Being mostly naphtha, lighter fluid should make a fine degreaser. Powder or bullet material fouling, not so much.
  7. Average Joe

    Average Joe Well-Known Member

    Why not use a product for what its intended for. Example : Lighter fluid for lighters, gun cleaner for guns, brake cleaner for breaks etc......
  8. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    Wow. There are some real radicals on this forum. :eek::what:;):D
  9. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Reminds me of posts on a chainsaw forum asking about substitutes for bar and chain oil.

    Why not just use bar and chain oil? Its not expensive. :D
  10. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    I know of a recommended use for lighter fluid.


    Instructions for Jewell triggers...

    "Cleaning: Flush after each barrel cleaning with lighter fluid. The use of lubricants is not recommended."

    The lighter fluid provides all the lube the trigger needs.

  11. Wesson Smith

    Wesson Smith Well-Known Member

    The link to the Jewell trigger is interesting. When I clean my revolvers,
    I just cock the hammer and squirt a little Zippo down into the trigger
    assembly. It was a tip from an a guy I know who has been hunting
    and shooting for years and years. Does the trick, for me.
  12. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Well-Known Member

    This is fricking crazy! Always good to know what works in a bind!
  13. bdickens

    bdickens Well-Known Member

    Jeez! How expensive is a bottle of bore solvent anyway? Five bucks?
    I'm with using things for their intended purposes.

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