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Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Drunkonjack, Jul 16, 2010.
Is it o.k to use mineral spirits to clean guns ?
I would recomend gun scrubber to do the same thing while being easier on the finish.
I'm not sure mineral spirits would have the same kind of corrosion protection a real bore scrubber would have.
Mineral spirits works great at removing gunk, but is useless at copper and will eat the finish on the wood.
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 !!
I would be careful with the acetone. Ventilation and proper disposal of used materials are important.
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.
I think I've seen a similar mix for cleaning either after shooting the Berdan primed ammo or black powder.
++billy ......ED'S RED
Homemade Firearm Related Products
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
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.
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.
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.
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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