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Whats with all the different Hoppes solvents?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Fatelvis, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Well-Known Member

    I went to Gander Mountain today to buy my "annual" keg of gun cleaning solvent, and noticed something.... I normally use just Shooter's Choice, but because it "stinks" (my wife's opinion), Im looking to use Hoppes. I didnt realize all the different formulations were available nowdays, outside of the regular #9 type. What kind do you recommend for powder and copper removal? Thanks-
  2. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    I think it's because so many shooters use #9 as aftershave... they wanted to provide some variety!

  3. scout26

    scout26 Well-Known Member

    You went all the way to GM (I'd guess the one in Plainfield) rather then going to Rinks on Archer Ave ??? :D

    "Regular" Hoppes works just fine, but if you have a LOT of copper build up. Use the "Copper Removing" Hoppes. Ammonia works pretty well also.

    You might want to do a search for "Copper Removal" or words to that effect. I remember seeing a thread or twelve on that subject recently.
  4. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Well-Known Member

    All I use is #9 and have no need for anything else. My guns get clean and that's all that matters.
  5. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

    Your wife's right, Shooter's Choice STINX TO HIGH HEAVEN!:banghead: Of course Hoppe's isn't much better. Regular #9 is bad enough, but the Copper Solvent is almost as bad as SC! Haven't tried all of them if there's that many, but so far the only cleaner I've found with a distinctly pleasant, home friendly fragrance is RIG 2.
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Hoppe's No. 9 is fine for stainless and blued guns, but should not be used on nickel-plated guns: it attacks the copper that's plated on before the nickel, so if there's any microscopic imperfection in the nickel, you'll end up with blisters.
  7. sctman800

    sctman800 Well-Known Member

    I recieved some small sample tubes of Hopps Elite which does not stink, hardly any odor at all. The stuff works fine for me. The problem is I can't find any in my local stores. Jim.
  8. stevelyn

    stevelyn Well-Known Member

    Hoppes Elite and MPro-7 are the same product as is Butch's Bore Shine for black powder.
    This stuff under which ever label you buy it will solve all your stink problems with gun cleaning and is a far superior cleaning product. Just be sure to relube and recoat the metal surfaces of your guns when you're done cleaning as it strips the dirt, oil, and grime down to the very molocule of the metal................but it makes your lube and rust protection work better as a result.
  9. cz75bdneos22

    cz75bdneos22 Well-Known Member

    i think the newer Hoppes Elite series of products seem to be the "Cat's Meow" :p YMMV..:evil:
  10. odysseus

    odysseus Well-Known Member

    So what did that replace the ammonia in #9 with in this elite?

    Yes, I am a die hard #9 fan for carbon build up.
  11. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

  12. ulflyer

    ulflyer Well-Known Member

    #9...How do you know whats in it?

    I have a large bottle of #9 that I've had for years. Does what I want it to do, but it doesn't say on the bottle that it has "nitro...." in it. I assume that means it does not?
  13. Molon Labe

    Molon Labe Well-Known Member

    Yea, I've been using Hoppes more and more. Especially after I "discovered" #9 does a good job of removing copper if you leave it soak overnight.

    I just ordered a .22 w/ nickel-plated barrel. What should I use to clean the bore?
  14. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    Yeah, a few benchresters swear by the stuff, so Lester stocked up on it.

    You don't see many BR shooters (at least the ones who win...) using #9...

    You need something that will go after copper for a rifle. I prefer Butch's Bore Shine. I know Butch Fisher, and he put together a good mix. I also know the Shooters Choice guy, but I use Butch's... I understand that Tom Meredith's solvent (see Sinclair's web site) is very popular with .22 rimfire shooters.
  15. xring44

    xring44 Well-Known Member

    I use the copper solvent #9 from Hoppes, it does a good job on all fouling especially on barrels that tend to load up with copper fouling, I leave it overnight and patch, amazing how much green will show on a patch from a barrel you assume is clean...If I ever find a woman who uses it for perfume,,I'll marry her! Love that smell...:D
  16. Camp David

    Camp David member

    Isn't there a Hoppes #9 Light? Less filling? :p
  17. P0832177

    P0832177 member

    I really have come to enjoy using SLIP 2000, the product line is non toxic. There is no real scent of a cleaner! The carbon cutter formula works wonders on AR bolts, revolver cylinders, and over all I have no complaints! So, there is no noxious odor. I still use a tad of SC once in a while but with the window open, and a fan blowing!
  18. clone

    clone Well-Known Member

    GunSlick has some Ultra Klenz that smells like "cedar". It doesnt smell like cedar but its not a bad scent.
  19. yonderway

    yonderway Well-Known Member



    EDIT: I meant to point out... Ed's Red isn't the cat's meow for removing copper, but if you want to have a "keg" of general purpose solvent around, it's hard to beat this. Then just use smaller quantities of specialized copper solvent on an as-needed basis.

  20. f4t9r

    f4t9r Well-Known Member

    Hopps Elite is good stuff

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