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what solvents, oils do you use to clean brand new gun?

Discussion in 'Dallas & Fort Worth' started by smithintx, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Time is the thief of memory! TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    I think Hoppe's has been mentioned .....................and yes, it lubes!

  2. rman

    rman Well-Known

    Sep 7, 2015
    Ft. Worth
    try G96, it's like the bubblegum version of ballistol

    From what I understand, Breakfree CLP hasn't been the same for a long while, even worse now that Safariland bought them out. I remember my dad having the old stuff from by the bucket. A drop could lube a whole gun. Maybe...

    Sent from my SIG Sauer
  3. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Axle grease, spray White Lithium grease, or motor oil depending on the application.
  4. Gummi Bear

    Gummi Bear Active Member

    Mar 24, 2015
    I use a whole bunch of different stuff.

    I've torn down new guns and tossed parts right into the parts cleaner when they come with stubborn grease.

    In my case now: Hoppes #9, CLP, Frog Lube, graphite powder, Rem Oil, G96, and some brake cleaner.

    Mobil 1 has proven effective for some things as well.

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  5. Bozz10mm

    Bozz10mm TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Oct 5, 2013
    I have used several different oil lubes with success. Breakfree CLP, Weapons Shield, Ballistol, Frog Lube. Occasionally I might use a tiny bit (light coat) of Super Lube grease on pistol rails.
  6. Cannonball

    Cannonball New Member

    Aug 30, 2010
    Cedar Park
    I'm a 72 year old gunsmith. I've tried many/most snake oils. To answer the original posted question, I use cheap break parts cleaner to remove factory applied preservatives and flush out any crud from a NEW GUN's metal parts. Caution, this will most likely attack most wood stock finishes!

    I like LPS-2 for a protectant, but it's hard to find and expensive. So like either BreakFree CLP or Ballistol. I also liked Frog Lube at first, but found long term issues.
  7. SapientHetero

    SapientHetero New Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I use M-Pro 7 to clean my guns. It doesn't stink, it doesn't ruin things it gets on, it doesn't bother your skin and it works well.
  8. Mike748

    Mike748 New Member

    Jan 1, 2015
    No one has mentioned this, so here I go. I use a product called Gibbs brand. It seems like another snake oil do everything for everyone, but the car guys like it for protecting aluminum and magnesium from corrosion. I find it does a good job cleaning gun gunk, and leaves a better lubricant film than most spray cleaners. I think the solvent is alcohol, and the lubricant is a light oil. I just use it to clean, I lube with TW25 or FP10 depending on need. Sometimes I'm lazy (Walther) and just hose it down with Rem Oil and blow it out.
  9. deemus

    deemus TGT Addict

    Feb 1, 2010
    Interesting that no one has mentioned Safari Charlies. It says it cleans and lubes, but I just use it to clean. That aerosol can blasts pretty much everything away. I use it mostly on ARs. What doesn't go can then be wiped away. Beware of the fumes. Though not as bad as others, its a bit strong in a confined space. Also use Hoppes #9 when its called for, and a copper fouling agent cleaner on rimfire guns, but only occasionally.

    For pistol slides I like to use Castol axle grease. Just a very light coating, and then a thin coat of oil on top of that.

    For bolt rifles I use Rem Oil, or if not at home, 3 in 1 oil. I have occasionally put a super thin layer of grease on the bolt slides, followed by super thin layer of oil. If in very cold weather, only oil.

    For my AR I use Rem Oil mostly on the bolt carrier group. On the trigger assembly I use Castrol Marine grease. It seems to be a lighter consistency than the axle grease.
  10. Maverick44

    Maverick44 Well-Known

    May 5, 2016
    NE Texas
    CLP is my solvent of choice followed closely by Hoppes No.9.

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