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Old 09-11-2012, 01:18 AM   #31
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I use Ballistol. I don't mix automotive products. Never use brake cleaner on any firearm, if you care and depend on them. This is what I was trained to do in maintaining firearms. BreakFree also works very well. Cane's info is a valuable piece of info. Keep em coming!

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:41 AM   #32
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i love the smell of Hoppe's #9! my father used it for years and everytime i smell it, it reminds me of when i was a youngster and helped my father clean his guns. fond memories.
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Who doesn't love the smell of Hoppes?
Sorry to be the one to disappoint, but Hoppes #9 no longer has that great smell it always had. It appears they've changed the formula to make it more "environmentally friendly". I believe they removed the Benzene, along with some other chemicals, and or replaced them with something else. Anyway the smell of Hoppes #9 is gone forever. Something else that was ruined by "green thinking". Next time you're at the gun shop, open a bottle and take a whiff. Nothing like it used to be.
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Never use brake cleaner on any firearm, if you care and depend on them.
I agree. The problem with products like Gun Scrubber and brake cleaner is they act like a refrigerant, and can cause flash cooling of the metal they're sprayed on. This can induce rust very quickly on internal areas of a firearm like the trigger and parts inside the bolt. You are much better off using a parts washer, or a can with clean Kerosene, then blow dry with compressed air. It will also dry, but a lot slower and will not cause condensation by rapid evaporation, which leads to rust. Another problem with brake cleaner is that it will damage the finish on many stocks and wood grips.
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