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Results of Windshield Washer Cleaning

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kwhi43@kc.rr.com, Dec 13, 2010.

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  1. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

    kwhi43@kc.rr.com Member

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    This has been shot thousands of times over the past five years and cleaned
    with just cold windshield washer solution and sprayed with WD-40. This is
    a custom 800 dollar pistol.

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  2. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

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  4. Shoot The Moon

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    Interesting - I read an article somewhere that suggested using window cleaner - the vinegar based green stuff. Used it when I shot Pyrodex but am now a 777 fan due to the H20 cleanup....

    BTW, I also drown the revolver in WD-40 when it's clean - always keeps the rust away on mine.
     
  5. sltm1

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    I'm pretty close, I use windex and Hoppes oil, don't particularly like the smell of WD-40. Also it's not a proper oil for long term storage. The WD stands for Water Displacement.
     
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    WD40 is a petroleum distillate, do you find a tendency to build up gummy crud when shooting, or do you wipe the weapon clean inside and out prior to firing? Sounds interesting.
     
  7. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

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    It's pertty much dry prior to firing. The cylinder pin and sides of hammer get
    lubed during shooting with a 5 % mix of water souble cutting oil and water.
    Known as "Moose Milk"
     
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    No it hasn't. It's a brand new gun. You can't fool me. Why are you trying to pull my leg?
     
  9. Claymore1500

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    Just so you know, Some windshield washer solvents can be corrosive, make sure you rinse it off clean before storage.
     
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    never tried windshield washer fluid but definitely love the WD-40. Just have to wipe out barrel and chambers before firing.
     
  11. Bluehawk

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    Windshield washer fluid is basically water and alcohol...why spend so much when soap and water does the same thing equally well?
     
  12. jimmyraythomason

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    It's roughly $1.99 per gallon on sale.
     
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    Exactly what I was about to point out. Can't really find a cheaper solvent than that or plain water. :)
     
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    Shoot The Moon,

    You use an acid {vinegar} mix to clean your revolver? I've never heard of using anything like that before, maybe BP is different than what type of powders I use, this just sounded too strange to me. Acid on metal??
     
  15. Shoot The Moon

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    Well, I never thought of it like that - the green window cleaner I used to use never did my gun any harm maybe because it was a stainless ROA - and now you mention it I guess it may be my memory that is failing me... for some reason I was convinced it was vinegar based (to get the glass clean) but you're right - in fact vinegar would take the blue off a regular steel gun if strong enough... I know this because I used vinegar to age my .31 pocket!
     
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    Cleaning solvent and good bore brush. Toothbrush and paint brush. Nipple pick. Patches and gun oil. (Gun oil/3in one machine oil/WD 40/Super Lubricant/Cabela's Muzzle Loading Lube/White Lithium Grease/etc etc etc.... Lubriplate for extreme cold weather. Don't want the oil on the bolt or the hammer or the internals getting stiff and heavy and freezing up on us now, do we?)....
     
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    Barricade would be better. WD40 only gets used on rusty bolts and nuts.
     
  18. jimmyraythomason

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    I use it just about everywhere. While I don't shoot BP,metal is metal so not much difference in lubes.
     
  19. Bluehawk

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    So...you pay $2 a gallon for tap water?? Add to that the cost of gas to get to the store...wear and tear on the vehicle...you are paying more than 2 bucks a gallon!!! Water and soap are far cheaper!
    Windshield solvent offers no advantage over soap and water and the alcohol base is poisonous (ethanol, methanol, ethylene glycol...etc)!!!!!
     
  20. jimmyraythomason

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    Yeah but I make up the cost difference by using the cheapest ammo,lube,scopes,etc,etc,etc.....that I can find.
     
  21. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

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    Wife picks it up when she buys the food. 1.19 a gal.
     
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    I can't think of the name riht now but didn't one of the gun writers use the vinegar based windex that he diluted with water? I'll look and see if I can find it, but I think he spoke against using it straight.
     
  23. Bluehawk

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    I pick it up straight from the tap in the kitchen...less than 1 cent a gallon!!!!
     
  24. jimmyraythomason

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    That's nice. Now factor in the soap,the energy to heat the water(cold is no good) more water to rinse off the soap,the water displacement oil and rust preventer. None of that stuff is needed with w/s washer solvent. All that is left is to re-lube. I use hot soapy water for cleaning because I choose to(or brakekleen)but I can see the simplicity of the W/S washer solvent. It all comes down to what works for you and what you have confidence in. The cost isn't usually the deciding factor.
     
  25. stanger04

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    I see you like WD40, you should really try Ballistol. It works great, stinks though, never gums up and seems to last for ever.
     
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