What is your go-to gun cleaning products?

More than 90% of the firearms outside the US are cleaned with diesel fuel or kerosene and lubricated with dirty motor oil from a dipstick. We have better choices.

My go-to gun cleaning products are rubbing alcohol and Ballistol.

Some of my guns get cleaned the old-fashioned way with Hoppes No. 9 bore cleaner and lubricated with whatever gun oil is handy.

Bummer - Imagine this. You have your handgun field stripped ready for cleaning when the thugs start kicking in your door.

Maybe you should have a backup gun.

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I use Break Free CLP. I have always been happy.

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Hoppes CLP, a good selection of brushes and plastic picks (don’t want to scratch anything) and a bore snake. I asked my original trainer what he used, and he replied “my 17 year old son” :wink:

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I asked a woman what she used and she replied “My husband.”

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Hoppes #9, Militec 1 for lubrication, Mil-comm T25B grease for heavier applications. I like the Otis breech to muzzle cleaning system for rifles. I also like EEZOX for long term storage of blued firearms and for heavy cleaning.

Pipe cleaners and long wooden stick swabs are also a must have in my kit.

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Ballistol, while barrel is hot at the range every gun every outing, boresnake and cotton swabs for a quick cleaning. Got some Hoppes #9 as well…
Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber for a thorough cleaning, some days I’m cleaning 10 guns (no worries, 10 more loaded in case of bad guys) and this stuff saves so much time.
Got a quart bottle of Hoppes bore cleaner, used rarely. Mainly if my bolt guns start losing focus, and the annual tear down of everything, along with spring changes if needed.
Have some small “gun oil” bottles, Hoppes, Gunslick and other brands that just seem to have gathered. Lubriplate for the Garands, steel pistols, and breaking in the home builds if needed.

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Brush, ballistol on wool mop, bore snake after every use. Ballistol on patches and tips for the rest of the firearm. Then silicone lube all metal and wear points.

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Regular field strip cleaning - OTIS 085 CLP Wipes.
After +/- 5000 rounds I do full disassembly and use Hoppe’s 9 Elite Cleaner, Hornady OneShot, then Ballistol or Mobile1 (Ballistol is thin, Mobile1 is thick).
When I know I’m not gonna shoot the firearm for a longer than month I wipe it out with Eezox which is the best rust prevention.

I never clean all firearms the same time. There is always one ready to use.

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When my firearm needs to be cleaned I trade it in for a new one, just like a Mercedes with a flat tire.:wink:

I still use Hopps and just started using CLP this year. The CLP gives my firearms that new car smell😀

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Simple green or dawn soap. to clean.
Lucas CLP and Lucas extreme duty gun lube.

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That damn simple green is some good stuff!

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Non-chlorinated Brake Kleen, KY Jelly.

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Bore snake, I love bore snakes.

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:+1:
Makes life easier :muscle: I love it as well.

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An old tooth brush.
A well laundered cotton diaper.
I used to use Singer Sewing Machine oil but the last bottle I found was manufactured in the PRC so I switched to Wahl Electric Clipper oil, still made in the USA
My preferred solvent is Outer’s Nitro Solvent in a bottle as I dislike aerosols----I can still find Hoppe’s in bottles----Outer’s requires more of a hunt.
Preferred patches are the old GI type with flannel on one side, “tooth” on the other.
Silicone bronze bore brushes.
I find that deploying a Bore snake or home made “patchworm” when the bore is still warm will reduce the amount of patches required for a thorough cleaning and save some time.
Gunslick grease for guns that call for grease however Lubriplate, RIG or Shell Darina will work as well.
Eezox and Kroil rock the really tough jobs :+1:

Always.

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So- when I use a bore snake (and I do)- and then I run regular old-fashioned patches through, the patches still come back dirty, no matter how much cleaning oil I add or how many times I run the snake through the bore.
Patches are the only thing that seems to get it really clean, with no carbon left in the barrel. But I’m a bit fussy about my firearms, since I don’t have very many, so I want to take as good care of them as possible.
Ballistol and Hoppes No 9 are my go-to’s. Ballistol is safe on darn near everything- leather, plastic, wood, etc. Plus it is slightly Alkaline- so it will neutralize hand/body sweat which is slightly acidic.

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@Cameron24 Welcome to the community. Just a thought, how dirty is your Bore Snake? :smiley:

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Hmmmm. Bore Snakes and KY Jelly? Sounds kinky. :thinking:

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Bore snake is just a shortcut to clean the barrel. It will never replace brush and patches.
But still it’s ok to use for basic cleaning.

I soak then brush and clean the barrel with patches every +/- 5k rounds.

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