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Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Drunkonjack, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Drunkonjack

    Drunkonjack G&G Newbie

    Is it o.k to use mineral spirits to clean guns ?

  2. SilverRun

    SilverRun G&G Enthusiast

    I would recomend gun scrubber to do the same thing while being easier on the finish.
  3. gandog56

    gandog56 G&G Evangelist

    I'm not sure mineral spirits would have the same kind of corrosion protection a real bore scrubber would have.
  4. SwedeSteve

    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

    Mineral spirits works great at removing gunk, but is useless at copper and will eat the finish on the wood.
  5. _Adrian_

    _Adrian_ G&G Newbie

    At first, I scrub out the barrel with a brush, Then i use 2 or 3 acetone soaked patches to wipe out any gunk or debris followed by 2 or 3 dry patches. When done put 3 or 4 drops of oil down the barrel and use a patch to evenly coat the inside.

    i been doing that since day 1 to my 2 year old Savage and the barrel still look like new after i shot close to 5000 rounds through it !!
  6. Para Cassatt

    Para Cassatt G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    I would be careful with the acetone. Ventilation and proper disposal of used materials are important.
  7. SafetyFirst

    SafetyFirst G&G Regular

    Homemade Non-Toxic Cleaner

    I use a great homemade non-toxic cleaner for all my guns:
    Equal Parts of Isopropyl Alcohol, Distilled Water, and the Original Mupphy's Oil Soap for cleaning and then your favorite gun oil to protect. This is inexpensive and works very well - even on tough crud if you let it sit for a while before removing.

  8. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist

    ed's red
  9. Para Cassatt

    Para Cassatt G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    I think I've seen a similar mix for cleaning either after shooting the Berdan primed ammo or black powder.
  10. HK770

    HK770 G&G Enthusiast

  11. stalebiscuit

    stalebiscuit G&G Newbie

    ive never used this but ive heard its pretty bomb

    i just use gun cleaner from kits, sometimes rubbing alcohol if its bad and use paper towels for the most part
  12. Range Rat

    Range Rat G&G Newbie

    I do not see why mineral spirits would not work.

    However, I would use a light machine oil such as 3-in-1 oil. This is available at your local hardware store.
  13. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie


    personally I would not do it.

    There are far better products on the market. I have always done well with good old Hoppee's number 9.
  14. Capt'n Mil Coll

    Capt'n Mil Coll G&G Evangelist

    Good old Hopppys number 9.

    One part ammonia to two parts water and a teaspoon of dish soap per gallon for copper and corrosive residue removal.

    Breakfree CLP on all metal parts. And in the bore. Wiped down afterwards.

    Scotts liquid gold to clean wood parts.

    If I am doing a complete dissasembly of the firearm I use simple green and water to completely clean all metal parts. This will remove all oil and cosmo. So it is very important to oil or grease all parts before reassembly.

    I use white lithium grease for parts that require grease.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2010
  15. Mooseman684

    Mooseman684 G&G Newbie

    It is perfectly fine to use mineral spirits to clean the metal parts on guns that are gunked up. Blasting with compressed air afterwards helps get gunk out of tight places. As was stated , it may affect some wood finishes , and there are better bore cleaners to remove lead and copper fouling, but as a degreaser it is great.
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