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Old May 5th, 2011, 08:21 AM #1
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Homemade Corrosive Cleaner?

Lately I've been hearing advice on the best way to clean a gun after shooting corrosive ammo and I'm starting to think that the way I've been doing it hasn't been the best. I was wondering if anyone might have any homemade cleaner ideas or recipes for a mix. I've heard people use just water, hot water, Windex or for the real mountain men, their own piss, but I'm thinking of something water based with solvents, oils or chemicals added. Maybe something that would resemble Ballistol or something similar. I just thought there might be a few nutty ideas out there.
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Lately I've been hearing advice on the best way to clean a gun after shooting corrosive ammo and I'm starting to think that the way I've been doing it hasn't been the best. I was wondering if anyone might have any homemade cleaner ideas or recipes for a mix. I've heard people use just water, hot water, Windex or for the real mountain men, their own piss, but I'm thinking of something water based with solvents, oils or chemicals added. Maybe something that would resemble Ballistol or something similar. I just thought there might be a few nutty ideas out there.
from a thread about this...post #48 is good
http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread...t=simple+green
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WWII USGI Bore Cleaner.
100% rust free bores .
Been using it for many years and I shoot mainly corrosive surplus ammo.
Available at gun shows, for sale on auction sites and colector forums WTS like gunboards.com
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Old May 5th, 2011, 09:35 AM #4
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After shooting corrosive ammo I:
1- Run hot water down the barrel
2- Run a few patches of of a 50/50 mix of household ammonia and water down the barrel ($2 in ammonia will last for years)
3- Run a wet (water only) patch down the barrel
4- Clean the barrel as I do with non-corrosive ammo
5- Run a patch of Gunzilla down the barrel. I swear by Gunzilla, although many still think it is snake oil (the barrel will literally be squeaky clean)

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Swab with Windex than clean as you would normally. Or do it the old fashion with hot soapy water.

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First I run a couple of patches soaked in an ammonia based cleaner, like Windex, while I'm still at the range. Once I get home, I completely break down the gun. I wipe down all parts with the cleaner and thoroughly clean the barrel with it. Once the barrel is clean, I run a few patches soaked in CLP down it and wipe down all other parts with it as well. The trick is to not let the gun sit long before cleaning it. Rust can happen overnight.
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from a thread about this...post #48 is good
http://www.mdshooters.com/showthread...t=simple+green
I like the sound of simple green, I think I'll have to try that. From what I gather you can't really go wrong as long as it's water based and you clean it right after shooting
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I like the sound of simple green, I think I'll have to try that. From what I gather you can't really go wrong as long as it's water based and you clean it right after shooting
Pretty much. All you're looking to do is flush out the salts that the corrosive ammo leaves behind in the bore. Ordinary water works just fine. I had to stop at a convenience store on the way home for a bottle of water to flush out my 91/30 because I forgot to bring the small spray bottle I normally keep in my range bag. After I'm done shooting the corrosive stuff, I spray liberally down the bore from the breech until it's running out of the muzzle. After, I spray a bit of CLP until that too is running out of the bore. Let it drip for a few seconds and toss it in the case. Once home, clean as normal.
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good advice, thanks for the replys
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Don't forget to clean the bolt face as well (don't ask how I learned this lesson!).
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