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Best Bore Cleaner?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jonnyc, Jan 21, 2008.

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  1. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

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    I just dropped my bottle of Birchwood "Bore Scrubber" and now have the "opportunity" to try something new. Any suggestions for a top cleaner that's good for both copper and lead fouling?
     
  2. strat81

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    IMHO, it's best to go with dedicated solvents. Montana X-treme Copper Killer is a great copper solvent, but you need a nylon brush. A quality copper solvent will literally eat a bronze brush.

    I'm happy with Hoppe's #9 for lead using a bronze brush. I'm certainly open to new stuff for lead, though. But, I find that a bronze brush is required for tough lead.
     
  3. Ol` Joe

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    I agree dedicated cleaners seem to work the best. You can however use JB, Iosso (sp?), or Rem Clean on both and get very good results. They are mild abrasive cleaners though. Follow the directions and don`t over clean with them.
     
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    I also think it's best to go with two dedicated solvents.

    My favorite combination is Hoppe's Benchrest and Barnes CR-10. The Benchrest is #9 with added copper solvent. Regular #9 works fine, I just have the Benchrest because Kmart had it real cheap.
    Those foaming bore cleaners are also good at getting copper out, but they take longer than CR-10.

    The JB Bore paste and Remington X40 abrasives are great for getting every last bit of stuff out...but I try not to use them because they are abrasive. Anything abrasive isn't good for lots of use over the long run.
     
  5. briansmithwins

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    Depends what you are trying to do:

    I use USGI rifle bore cleaner as a general solvent.

    Bores and gas system parts get hit with Breakfree foaming bore cleaner every 2-3 hundred rounds.

    Corrosive ammo gets Mpro7 (water based soap) while the gun is still warm.

    Different tools for different jobs. BSW
     
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    +1 on the foaming bore cleaners, all of the ones that i have tried have worked extremely well without alot of elbow grease
     
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    +1. I use Montana Extreme's .50BMG copper solvent, which I believe they renamed Copper Killer, and use a jag. For powder fouling, I use Ed's Red.

    Don
     
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    For post corrosive ammo flush, hot water - followed by wd40.

    For new factory ammo/ regular cleaning, Hoppes#9. * If you leave the Hoppes in for awhile it will remove copper.

    For stubborn copper build up, either Barnes CR10 or Sweets 7.62.
     
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    used break-free bore cleaner for years..........love the stuff
     
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    I used the Birchwood foaming cleaner on a Chinese type 53 that was so fouled when I got it that you couldn't even see any rifling. That stuff worked wonders - pump it in, let it set 15 minutes, scrub it out, repeat until it no longer comes out green. It took 3 applications, but it got every last bit of copper/dog hair/chinese dirt out of the bore (and yes, all three of those were there :) ). Smells horrible, though.
     
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    I am a total dork over foaming cleaners now, let them do all the work.
     
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    One thing about the foaming cleaners..............................don't use them on semi-auto gas operated rifles like a M1A unless you can isolate the gas system from the barrel bore. Otherwise the gas system will get gunked up and will require a total breakdown to get it clean again.


    Personally, I'm a big fan of MPro7 cleaner (or the Hoppes equivalent made by MPro). It doesn't stink and cleans out all carbon residue. And for those times when copper removal is necessary, I'll follow the MPro with either Sweet's 7.62 or Barnes CR-10
     
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    Been useing Wipe Out or Forests bore foam for a couple years now and never noticed any odor from either. Most of the foaming cleaners I`ve seen advertise as being odor free. What you guys useing that smells?
     
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    +1

    Only thing is, I wonder if this is necessary every time out. After 100+ rounds of corrosive surplus those patches are always bright blue! Sometimes I'll put one round of foaming bore cleaner in, come back a few hours later, and then do the mpro7/barnes routine. It only took one round of barnes to come clean after that.

    Then again, people say that Butch's works well on copper if you let it soak for an hour or two. I need to try that as well. But it stinks!
     
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    sweet's 7.62 then i follow with a couple patches soaked in corrosion-x. always gets rid of the blues.
     
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    I like Butch's Bore Shine. It removes both powder fouling and copper.
     
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