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Old 05-23-2019, 08:52 PM
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What do y'all prefer to use to clean the bore?
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:03 PM
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SourMash, for the last 40 years I'd use Hoppes #9, a bronze brush, and a few patches--old school for sure. Now I use Ballistol. I run a soaked patche through the bore...let it sit, then swab it dry with patches. I rarely use a brush, but when I do, I soak in Ballistol, and make a pass or two. I'll be interested in other comments as I'd like to learn how to do this better and in such a way as to not hurt the firearms accuracy. I also find the Ballistol works great on the wood and leather slings.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:39 PM
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I have used a mixture 50% Hoppes 9 Benchrest, 25 % Kroil, 25% marvel mystery oil for many years, its a very good solvent. Lately I've tried some ballistol, its different but has its merits, it seems to clean very well, it lacks the strong odor associated with Hoppes, and the bore seems "slicker" afterwards.
I clean after each range visit. Using a 6mm bronze core copper brush soaked with my "mixture" on a pistol rod I short stroke the area in front of the chamber to remove the carbon ring build up. Then using a .22 caliber coated rod and .22 caliber bronze core copper bristles soaked in same mixture I make about 6 passes the entire length of the barrel. The run a wet patch on jag through the bore and finish with about 3 dry patches. I do NOT run a oil patch through afterwards. Even a high grade oil will thicken and dry over time, I don't want to run a bullet over anything in the barrel.
That's how I do it, its worked for 60+ years.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:59 PM
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Never used anything but #9. Wet the barrel with it, let it sit. then pull patches up and down with a cord. I rarely use a brush and rod. When the patches come out clean it's done. The barrels look clean after the process and they shoot fine so it seems to have worked for the 50 years I have done it.

I'm sure most of the cleaning solvents will do the same. I suspect the real issue is no matter what we use, we just need to do it now and then. I try to clean my barrels after each trip to the range but I don't always get it done every time and it doesn't seem to matter.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:57 AM
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I was testing the waters to see if anything newer and greater than Hoppes #9 was around. I've been using it for 40 years and it's seemed to work good enough for my shooting abilities. I have my Late Father's guns that need a serious scrubbing/disassembly though.
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Ed's Red for everything..
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:29 AM
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MPro 7. Non-toxic and works like a charm.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:43 AM
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KG Industries, I use the carbon remover (KG-1), copper remover (KG-12), and gun oil (KG-4). I also like their solvent/degreaser (KG-3) for spraying out tight areas and cleaning off brushes and stiff.
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I mixed up a 1/2 gal batch of Ed's Red years ago, and am still using it in my .22RF firearms. Haven't seen the need to use anything more powerful/harsh or with copper solvents added for use in my .22s. It's rather mild as bore solvents go, and so I don't have any concerns about wiping bores out with a couple of wet patches, followed by one dry patch, after every range session. I see very little - if any - need to shoot foulers before going for score after cleaning with Ed's Red - at least in the custom, hand-lapped bores of the Bartlein, Krieger, Lilja, and Shilen bbls on my most-often used rifles.
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I mixed up a 1/2 gal batch of Ed's Red years ago, and am still using it in my .22RF firearms. Haven't seen the need to use anything more powerful/harsh or with copper solvents added for use in my .22s. It's rather mild as bore solvents go, and so I don't have any concerns about wiping bores out with a couple of wet patches, followed by one dry patch, after every range session. I see very little - if any - need to shoot foulers before going for score after cleaning with Ed's Red - at least in the custom, hand-lapped bores of the Bartlein, Krieger, Lilja, and Shilen bbls on my most-often used rifles.
It's got acetone in it. Keep it away from your stock. No doubt it works, but it is toxic and flammable also.
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Kroil and brass brush, after 3 bricks, in my case.
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:27 PM
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Changed to Boretech products a few years back when looking for something a little less toxic than what I had been using. Do the job well and haven't had cause to use anything else. Rimfire Blend cleans very well.
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MPro 7. Non-toxic and works like a charm.
This is what I use too. I don't know about the non-toxic, but it works really well, no strong odor either.
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MPro 7. Non-toxic and works like a charm.
I've been using MC7 lately and have been VERY impressed. Any idea which is better, oh, wise one?

I admit bore cleaners don't fascinate me as much as they should.

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I like Hoppes 9 better than the Pro7 for cleaning my 22 IME.
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