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Beckles1980 04-25-2012 07:55 AM

Is it ok to boil your xd gun parts to get a good clean??

winds-of-change 04-25-2012 07:58 AM

I don't think I would do that. I also don't think boiling them would get the parts any cleaner than a good gun cleaning solvent.

Beckles1980 04-25-2012 07:59 AM

Ok, someone once told me it is a good way to get a really great clean gun.

kycol 04-25-2012 09:48 AM

I do have one gun I clean with hot water and dish washing soap. My muzzle loader, remove the barrel and stick in bucket real hot water put soap in barrel and clean the heck out of it, the dry it good, oil the heck out of it put a nice big cloth over the nipple let the hammer hold it there so the oil doesn't seep out. Other than that the only water to touch my guns is when I get caught out in the rain.

Axxe55 04-25-2012 10:03 AM


Originally Posted by Beckles1980 (Post 781393)
Ok, someone once told me it is a good way to get a really great clean gun.

only people i know of to use really hot water or boiling water are people who shoot blackpowder or cleaning out cosmoline from old military guns.

most any commercial gun cleaner will work just fine. just follow the directions in the owners manual and you will do just fine.

c3shooter 04-25-2012 12:30 PM

I tried boiling one- it would not get any softer. :p

Other than black powder, or shooting milsurp commie ammo, hot water really does not do anything better. The crud you are trying to get out is not really water soluble.

Back in the day of the 03 Springfield and Garand, when you were going to have a "white glove" inspection, it DID remove every trace of oil or grease. The military finally realized this was a bad idea, and dropped the white glove insanity.

mountainman13 04-25-2012 01:00 PM

If you're looking for a good easy clean strip the gun and drop the parts in a bucket of 50/50 oil/solvent mix and let them sit over night. Pull the parts out and blow them off with compressed air. Reassemble and done.

gr8wapiti 04-25-2012 01:08 PM

The only firearm I have ever soaked in water was a .44 Navy I used to go shoot for fun. It would get so gooey with bore butter and black powder soot nothing else would clean it as good as soapy hot water. I wouldn't clean any of my other guns that way, if they are that dirty I get out good old "Gun Scrubber" and a bunch of rags.

Gonzilla 05-01-2012 08:43 PM

A bud gave me a Ruger MK II that he shot until it froze up and rusted. I removed pastic grips and soaked it in kerosine for 4 months. It finally came apart and while it's not pretty, it is functional.

USMCVeteran 05-07-2012 02:06 AM


Originally Posted by Beckles1980 (Post 781391)
Is it ok to boil your xd gun parts to get a good clean??

I don't boil my gun parts but I do clean them using very hot water from a faucet and Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, then use a brush to scrub everything down. After the parts dry completely every trace of oil and grease is gone. I'll then coat all the parts with CLP and let them "soak" for awhile, then wipe off the excess. Using water to clean gun parts sounds counterintuitive but it does a great job for me.

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