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

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  1. Charlie

    Charlie Time is the thief of memory! TGT Supporter

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    I think Hoppe's has been mentioned .....................and yes, it lubes!
     


  2. rman

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    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...


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  3. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

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    Axle grease, spray White Lithium grease, or motor oil depending on the application.
     
  4. Gummi Bear

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    CLP is my solvent of choice followed closely by Hoppes No.9.
     


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