Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Aluminum safe bore cleaner

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by snakyjake, Aug 19, 2011.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. snakyjake

    snakyjake Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    87
    What is a safe and effective bore cleaner that will not affect/damage aluminum?

    What chemical in bore cleaners react with aluminum?

    I have a Ruger LCR which I read is aluminum frame. I also have a semi-auto that has aluminum. I don’t want to take any risks with aluminum, so want a 100% safe bore cleaner that will not affect aluminum.

    Thanks,
    Jake
     
  2. BCRider

    BCRider Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Messages:
    7,711
    Location:
    Pacific North"Wet" Coast of Canada
    Anything that is strictly solvent based will be fine. The classic bore cleaner would be Hoppes #9.

    It's only if you want to use the foaming or other lead or copper dissolving type cleaners that you need to look at what it may or may not do to aluminium.

    For my own part I have never found any need to use anything other than a solvent style cleaner on any handguns. And perhaps after shooting a lot of lead rounds sometimes a bore brush to remove the odd spot of stubborn leading in the grooves. I use the cheap to make and effective to use Ed's Red mix for this. The rare time a spot of leading is stubborn I pull out my bottle of Hoppes wet patch it, let sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then one or two passes of a bore brush and it's done.
     
  3. snakyjake

    snakyjake Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2006
    Messages:
    87
    I've been reading anything with ammonia or chlorine reacts with aluminum. Is this true?

    Hoppe's has their #9, Elite Bore Cleaning Solvent Gel, Elite Gun Cleaner.
    #9 has ammonia.
    Elite does not have ammonia.

    Not sure if copper is going to be a problem that needs more effective (harsh) bore cleaning, so I'm trying to be safe and conservative so I can keep my guns longer, looking good, and not malfunction or lose accuracy.
     
  4. snooperman

    snooperman Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Messages:
    2,143
    I Use Break free CLP on my Aluminum alloy frame guns..

    that is what the military used on the M16 for years. Also , I have used for many years Hoppe's #9 with good results. Anything with a high pH which is caustic (too basic) such as ammonia is not good and those with very low pH , which is too acidic, such as chlorine compounds are not good for aluminum. Most gun cleaners do not fall within those ranges for good reason. Also , Ammonia is extremely bad for nickle finished guns.
     
  5. snooperman

    snooperman Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Messages:
    2,143
    That said, there is not enough ammonia in Hoppe's #9 to ...

    affect the aluminum. It is less than 3%.
     
  6. 19&41

    19&41 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Messages:
    291
    Location:
    Georgia
    I would tear off a piece of aluminum foil, degrease it and apply some suspect products to it and see what happens. Straight ammonia will begin to flatten the finish on shined non-anodized aluminum surfaces with repeated applications.
     
  7. JTQ

    JTQ Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    5,326
    Location:
    NW Florida
    I limit my cleaning to CLP type products such as BreakFree CLP, Ballistol, and Slip 2000. I haven't used SteelShield and Frog Lube, but I'm sure they are also good.

    My guns just don't get that dirty that I need to use hazardous chemicals to get them clean.

    I also haven't used degreasers since I spend some time, effort and money putting lube on my pistols. I'm not interested in taking all of it off unless I need to apply a finish or something else I need to stick to the pistol.
     
  8. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2006
    Messages:
    5,503
    Location:
    Deep in the valley
    If you have the time to let it set (say overnight) Kroil actually does a good job of loosening fouling which can then be brushed out.
     
  9. silversport

    silversport Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Messages:
    713
    Location:
    Chicagoland/USA
    ...and check the product directions before buying...

    Bill
     
  10. brickeyee

    brickeyee Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2005
    Messages:
    3,135
    Depends on what solvent.


    Chlorinated solvents can be hard on aluminum (trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, etc.).

    While the oxide layer and passivation layers provide some protection, any scratch that occurs with a chlorinated solvent present will allow a reaction.
     
  11. Dogguy

    Dogguy Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    466
    I've used Hoppe's #9, Kroil and Shooter's Choice solvents on aluminum-framed SIGs and S&W Airweights. The finish on one of my S&W 642s has holster wear down to the bare aluminum in several areas but these cleaners have not had any damaging effect on the finish or the bare aluminum. Typically, in addition to swabbing the bores, I saturate the guns with solvent and scrub them with a nylon brush to remove deposits. I think you will be safe with any of them.
     
  12. Alex23

    Alex23 member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2009
    Messages:
    214
    Location:
    Texas
    Ballistol does it all IMO. If you are shooting cast lead bullets or filthy foreign rounds, you might want something a bit stronger.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page