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What do you use to clean your handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HBK, May 24, 2003.

  1. HBK

    HBK member

    I've been using Hoppes #9 Solvent, then lubricating with Hoppes Oil, but it seems a lot of people are using CLP. Is CLP better? What do y'all recommend for cleaning and lubricating?
  2. denfoote

    denfoote Well-Known Member

    For normal cleaning, I use Simple Green and hot water!!! It's boes the same thing, but is non toxic!!
  3. Jo Mama

    Jo Mama Active Member

  4. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    I use FP10, a BoreSnake of appropriate size and two soft burp rag cloths. That's all I use on handguns.

    When I used BreakFree CLP, every once in a while, on the guns I shoot a lot, every 1,000 rounds or so, I'd run a bronze brush through a couple times along with Hoppes #9 to get out a little copper fouling. I just don't feel the need to use anything like that now that I use the FP10. I run the snake through the barrel once, then let some FP10 stand in the barrel while I clean the rest of the gun. Go back with a BoreSnake maybe three times and I have a clean barrel.

    Works for me. :D
  5. sm

    sm member

    What you are using is fine.

    This subject is more diverse and argumentive than any 45 vs 9mm, or Ford vs Chevy debate you will ever read or get involved in.

    I would use a muzzle guard ( or a drinking straw) to protect the crown, pipe cleaners and long wooden q-tips( Radio Shack) , and old toothbrush are handy, old T shirts make good patches.

    Use the money to buy ammo, range fees , training and such. IF and WHEN you run out of something, replace. Just note,some things don't mix, not compatable...Hoppe's as you are using -- compatable.

    More important, IMO, is to inspect and maintain. Just like it is the shooter which is more important than the equipment...inspect, maintain is more critical than what you use.
  6. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    I've tried all kinds of stuff but it seems I keep going back to good old Hoppes #9.
    For lube it's either Remoil or Tetra lube & grease.
    Last edited: May 24, 2003
  7. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I had been using MPro7 & Militec until I ran into this rep who gave me some Rust Hunter by Bull Frog. Work really well & smells good. For lube, I'm still using Militec.
  8. gudel

    gudel Well-Known Member

    water and soap. use breakfree/hopppes 9 for oiling and coating.
  9. boing

    boing Well-Known Member

    I use CLP because I'm lazy, and not real big on a spit-shine clean for my guns, anyway.

    As long as they function well and don't rust, I'm happy. CLP does that.
  10. justice4all

    justice4all Well-Known Member

    Hoppes #9, hot water, CLP, and I even use WD40 to coat the slides of my blued handguns.
  11. HBK

    HBK member

    Soap and Water?!? I may be stupid, but I was told that was a big no no.
  12. 357Man

    357Man Active Member

    Hoppes for general cleaning. For rifle barrels and copper fouling, Shooter's Choice. I also use a bit of CLP for quick jobs at the range now and then.
  13. sm

    sm member

    Soap and water still best to clean BP and after using corrosive ammo.

    In the old days, no Hoppe's No.9.

    So hot water to neutralize corrosive salts, the hot water will "flash dry". I'm serious, and many will attest, including gunsmiths. Something to lube and prevent rust.

    I'm of the opinion, humm, $25 for ammo , or fancy high priced solvents, lubes... I'm buying ammo. Shot placement will keep me alive...umm machine oil -whatever will take care of the other.

    I don't get anal and caught up in cleaning. I have I guess 7-800 rds through one carry gun and 5-700 on another. Chamber cleaned with Q-tip, toothbrushed extractor, drop of lube on slide rail, hood, bbl bushing, that's it. I haven't and won't clean the bbl for a while--yet. Just an inspect, something on external for humidity and prints.
  14. 762x51

    762x51 Well-Known Member

    Shooter choice for cleaning, FP-10 for lubricating and protecting. For my grip frames, I usually soak them in Simple Green and hot water, blow dry, and then FP-10.
  15. RicVa

    RicVa Well-Known Member

    I have used the Hoppe's Semi-Auto Solvent also. Is there any part of the gun this should not be used on? The bottle says to only use it in the barrel, but can I use it on the slide and frame? I have been using this to clean everything, and then lube with Hoppe's #9 oil.

    It's a little confusing, because people talk about using Hoppe's to clean, but there are at least three different bottles of Hoppe's cleaners on the shelf at my gun shop.
  16. sm

    sm member

    The No 9 is the original solvent (though they did remove benzene). If you'll check label, you may use to cln & prevent rust.

    Semi-auto will evaporate, idea being that carbon fouling would not adhere if solvent dried. Works well, and regardless of label works on any platform.

    The caveat again is one starts using and trying stuff and they do not mix. Don't get freaked, use what have, replace when empty, buy more important stuff like ammo, lessons, range time, belt holsters...
  17. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Break Free CLP

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  18. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

  19. Indigo22

    Indigo22 Well-Known Member

    Sweetshooter, the slickest Ive tried yet. cleans and conditions.
  20. Smoke

    Smoke Well-Known Member

    It pains me to buy it ......buy I really do like Breakfree.

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