Ed's Red / Mobil 1 oil/grease - RimfireCentral.com Forums

Go Back   RimfireCentral.com Forums > >

Notices

Join Team RFC to remove these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-26-2019, 08:09 AM
SDBigDog1955's Avatar
SDBigDog1955

Join Date: 
Apr 2018
Location: 
Rapid City SD
Posts: 
1,073
TPC Rating: 
100% (6)
Ed's Red / Mobil 1 oil/grease



Log in to see fewer ads
Anyone use Ed's red for cleaning your shotgun barrels, rifle bore and gun parts?
Mix 4 equal parts in a glass container and keep away from the wood stocks and fore arms:

Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF

Mineral Spirts, in the steal cans

Acetone

Deodorized Kerosene

Then lube with Mobil 1 Synthetic oil and grease moving parts with Mobil Synthetic grease. Cost is minimal. Just purchase container for the oil with a small port and put the grease in a syringes, like the one u use to season food.

I watched a video on using 4 - 0 steel wool on a brush attached to a drill to clean the barrels and they used Ed's Red as the cleaning compound. This removed all the plastic from wads and power / carbon build ups. Once I get a good rod to use with a drill/brush I'm goin got try this. Something u should do every 1500 to 2000 rounds.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-26-2019, 09:30 AM
Al the Infidel's Avatar
Al the Infidel
US Marines Disabled American Veteran NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Jan 2007
Location: 
Yoopersville, MI
Posts: 
1,011,961
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
I won't mix chemicals when cleaners are already available for removing 'everything' including plastic from shotgun bores IME. JMO
__________________
If we were serious about saving lives, our vehicles would have breathalyzers tied into ignition kill switches.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-26-2019, 10:49 AM
Toomany22s's Avatar
Toomany22s is online now
NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Sep 2017
Posts: 
3,927
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
A friend just gave me a mason jar of the stuff. I politely thanked him. Iím saving it to use as a Molotov Cocktail when the Zombies come.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 02-26-2019, 11:06 AM
schutzen-jager's Avatar
schutzen-jager
NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Jan 2006
Location: 
peoples republic of new jersey
Posts: 
3,868
TPC Rating: 
100% (21)
been using the Ed's red formula for many years less the acetone ( used to remove plastic residue in shotgun barrels ) + I find it equal to or better than any commercial products I have tried -
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-26-2019, 11:08 AM
todde is online now

Join Date: 
Apr 2016
Posts: 
140
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
I haven't tried it to clean with but its a great tire prep for burris tires on dry/slick tracks.
Todd
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-26-2019, 11:10 AM
GladesGuy's Avatar
GladesGuy is online now
NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Mar 2013
Location: 
So. Fla.
Posts: 
2,937
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
I've used many variant's of the formula, but I still mainly use Hoppe's No. 9 as my go to solvent for bore cleaning. I think it is a better solvent in general. Extreme leading or copper deposits are a different story. I do use a 70/30% mix of MS and ATF as a lubricant for bolts and actions. When the MS flashes off it leaves just the right amount of lubricant on the moving parts IMHO.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-26-2019, 11:31 AM
scooter22
NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Oct 2002
Location: 
Central NY, The good part, not the rotten apple
Posts: 
7,644
TPC Rating: 
100% (1)
I mixed up a batch back in the 90s when I was buying a bunch of milsurps with cruddy bores. But for all my other guns I use standard gun chemicals like Hoppes#9 and G96 Complete Gun Spray. Besides I clean in my basement and Eds Red is a little too flammable to be evaporating around a gas clothes dryer, water heater and furnace.

Last edited by scooter22; 02-26-2019 at 11:34 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-26-2019, 11:59 AM
gcrank1's Avatar
gcrank1 is online now

Join Date: 
Apr 2018
Location: 
south central WI, USA
Posts: 
3,408
TPC Rating: 
100% (3)
Iirc, Ed Harris made that up to duplicate a commercial or mi-spec product no longer available? Ime, I pretty much know I can take his advice on gun-stuff.
That said, some of the formula seemed redundant to me; ie, the Kero is a solvent with light lubricating properties, the ATF is a great lube with many anti-oxidents, the MS is a solvent (more refined petro than the Kero) and the Acetone even more so, both with little lube properties.
So I simplified the formula for MY purposes (as I dont 'need' the Acetone to cut plastic) by first trying ATF and MS 50/50. Seemed a little 'thick' so I went to 1/3 ATF to 2/3 MS, and it is jussttt right. I use it as a basic gun cleaning solvent and wipe as well as on tools. If I need a heavy duty cutter I tend to grab the Laquer Thinner )as I dont keep a can of Acetone around any more) then follow up with the modified E-Red.
Ive had some small bottles of specialty 'gun' products on the bench for decades that dont seem to do any better; I use a bit from time to time but think they will outlast me.
All bottles/cans of stuff are kept capped when not in use and there is no smoking in my place. Volitile fumes do not accumulate in my shop, anything requiring lots of solvents is done outside. If the place burns down a few bottles/cans of solvents flashing off I think wont matter much..../

Last edited by gcrank1; 02-26-2019 at 12:03 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-26-2019, 08:02 PM
thesandman
US Army NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Oct 2013
Posts: 
1,019
TPC Rating: 
100% (3)
I use Ed,s red formula minus the lanolin. Works better than store bought stuff. However I recently purchased some wipe out, patch out and accelerator. Jury still out on them.

Last edited by thesandman; 02-26-2019 at 08:05 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-26-2019, 08:24 PM
arjay's Avatar
arjay is online now

Join Date: 
Apr 2005
Location: 
Colorado
Posts: 
1,276
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
I use a mix of atf/acetone in a mason jar with a lid.Drop a cylinder or two in there for a few days and give em a scrubbing
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-26-2019, 08:34 PM
ky-n's Avatar
ky-n

Join Date: 
Aug 2010
Posts: 
399
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
I use a modified version Ed's Red for cleaning and it seems to me to work as well or better than the store bought. I mix it without acetone and a small amount with lanolin for lubricating bolts. I substitute Kroil for the kerosene and Goo Gone for the mineral spirits. What few time I do use acetone it is a very tiny batch for cleaning the shotgun bores only.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-26-2019, 08:41 PM
gcrank1's Avatar
gcrank1 is online now

Join Date: 
Apr 2018
Location: 
south central WI, USA
Posts: 
3,408
TPC Rating: 
100% (3)
Never been real comfortable with those Mason jars for flammables......even the little, seeming heavy duty, bottles stuff like Hoppe's No.9 comes (came?) in make me a bit nervous but I do have a thick fatigue mat at the bench and they are small.
Iirc the data sheet on Goo Gone says the 'active ingredient' is acetone?, and way more expensive than a can of acetone per ounce.

Last edited by gcrank1; 02-26-2019 at 08:43 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-02-2019, 11:43 AM
gas_gunner's Avatar
gas_gunner
NRA Member - Click Here To Join!

Join Date: 
Jan 2008
Location: 
Northeast Ohio
Posts: 
265
TPC Rating: 
100% (5)
Ralph Walker, a well known shotgun shotgun gunsmith back in the day used to recommend the drill and 0000 steel wool. I tried it on my .410 Double Barrel back in the 80s. It worked fantastic, very quickly, never hurt the bore, either. Haven't had a shotgun since then, till I got my Franchi 48 AL 28 gauge last year. I cleaned it a time or two in a conventional manner thinking "this is for the birds". I am going to eventually go back to the Steel Wool.

Can't comment too much on Ed's Red. I made it once, used it mostly for M1 and M14 Clone gas systems where I did not want to use expensive bore cleaner. It should be great for shotguns where the bore size causes you to use a lot of solvent and there is no metal fouling issue to worry about. I should consider mixing some for that.

Danny
Quote:
Originally Posted by SDBigDog1955 View Post
Anyone use Ed's red for cleaning your shotgun barrels, rifle bore and gun parts?
Mix 4 equal parts in a glass container and keep away from the wood stocks and fore arms:

Automatic Transmission Fluid ATF

Mineral Spirts, in the steal cans

Acetone

Deodorized Kerosene

Then lube with Mobil 1 Synthetic oil and grease moving parts with Mobil Synthetic grease. Cost is minimal. Just purchase container for the oil with a small port and put the grease in a syringes, like the one u use to season food.

I watched a video on using 4 - 0 steel wool on a brush attached to a drill to clean the barrels and they used Ed's Red as the cleaning compound. This removed all the plastic from wads and power / carbon build ups. Once I get a good rod to use with a drill/brush I'm goin got try this. Something u should do every 1500 to 2000 rounds.
Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 03-02-2019, 05:00 PM
ky-n's Avatar
ky-n

Join Date: 
Aug 2010
Posts: 
399
TPC Rating: 
0% (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by gcrank1 View Post
Iirc the data sheet on Goo Gone says the 'active ingredient' is acetone?, and way more expensive than a can of acetone per ounce.
No acetone in Goo Gone, here is from the MSDS

Section 3: COMPOSITION / INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Ingredient CAS # Wt. %
Distillates (petroleum), hydrotreated light 64742-47-8 60 - 100
d-Limonene 5989-27-5 1 - 5
Orange sweet extract 8028-48-6 0.5 - 1.5
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 03-02-2019, 05:51 PM
gcrank1's Avatar
gcrank1 is online now

Join Date: 
Apr 2018
Location: 
south central WI, USA
Posts: 
3,408
TPC Rating: 
100% (3)
Goof-Off and Goo-Gone get me
I think the Goof-Off is the heavy-duty one, more solvents? while the Goo-Gone is more oily. The MDS sheet shows 'distillates(petroleum)', that could be any number of things from basic kerosene to acetone? And as the first listed ingredient maybe 90% of the whole?
Ol' George would have told us, or maybe did if we take a look.
Iirc those labels/sheets start out with the highest concentrations and work down to the least and whenever petroleum distillates is up in the top Ive probably already got a bulk supply of it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Red Dot on target pistol CBennett21 Rimfire Handguns 42 02-11-2019 08:38 PM
BSA red dot JUNK!!!!!!!! crankythunder Scopes, Sights, Rings & Mounts, and Other Optics 10 12-10-2018 01:57 PM
Red dot not cutting it. How well does the Primary Arms 22LR ACSS scope compare? Jest6 Scopes, Sights, Rings & Mounts, and Other Optics 5 07-03-2017 01:59 PM
Red Dot Mounting Options? Jaywalker Scopes, Sights, Rings & Mounts, and Other Optics 14 03-24-2017 05:57 PM
Help me decide on a red dot SerenityNetworks Scopes, Sights, Rings & Mounts, and Other Optics 29 03-11-2017 05:20 PM



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:19 PM.

Privacy Policy

DMCA Notice

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright ©2000-2018 RimfireCentral.com
x