best thing to use to clean handgun

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Ownspitbull, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Ownspitbull

    Ownspitbull New Member

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    Im a newbie and just got a Smith and Wesson .40 handgun. Whats the best things to use to clean it? In the stores like Wal-Mart I see Rem Oil alot but I would think that would be used just to oil and lubricate my pistol rather than clean it.
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I use Ballistol. Generally you cannot find it in local stores so you'll have to buy it from somewhere like Brownells or Ballistol's website. In my opinion it is the cream of the crop when it comes to cleaning and maintaining a firearm.
     

  3. EagleSix

    EagleSix New Member

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    Here is a link: http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f102/gun-cleaning-input-48564/

    When I copied the link there were 707 opinions on how to clean guns.....enjoy....

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  4. RecklessRegard

    RecklessRegard New Member

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    Hoppe's No.9 solvent is popular, does a decent job and is readily available pretty much everywhere. Also, I have used, and like for that fact, Gunzilla. I use it at work, and it does a great job.
     
  5. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    I like RemOil as a general purpose cleaner/lubricator. It's my primary cleaning fluid when I return home from the range. But do use something a little more slippery on your rails.

    I've got some stuff called "Slip 2000" that's outstanding for rails. Probably costs more than necessary, probably could easily be replaced by 90% cheaper motor oil...but what the heck, that little $12 bottle will last me a few years.
     
  6. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    I like Hoppes #9 also, for the bore & Sweet 7.2 is also good for bore cleaning. However, I wouldn't recommend them if your gun has a nickle finish. The amonia can attack the copper sub base under the nickle & cause it to flake off.

    For the rest of it, I like M-Pro-7 as it does a good job without damage to grips, etc. I follow that up with a non-chlorinated brake cleaner spray from the auto store. The strong spray can dislodge crud down in the nooks & crannies where you can't get with a brush, or even a pipe cleaner. On my pistols, I stick the nozzle in the firing pin hole & in the extractor channel & spray until clear liquid is running out the back of the slide. Let 'em set for 10-15 minutes until dry, then lube. If you have compressed air, you can shorten the wait time.
     
  7. Alpha1Victor

    Alpha1Victor New Member

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    I would remove the firing pin before I sprayed anything in there.
     
  8. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    For general cleaning and lube, Breakfree or FP10 work very well. If I get some leading a brush down the bore does the trick. I've never had a handgun so dirty I needed anything as strong as Brake cleaner or sweets.
     
  9. gollygee

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    I do about every 500 rounds or so, as well as the extractor. The brake cleaner isn't oily & doesn't seem to leave a residue. I take them out to clean thoroughly because I realize the spray won't get it all, but it does minimize the collection.
     
  10. Glockpotion23

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    You heard the man!

    Like my man said, Ballistol!! is all you need. This stuff cleans, protects, lubes, and preserve all in one!! Not too many products i know that can do all that:p If i couldnt get any, maybe Hoppes#9 would be next. Trust me my friend, you wont be disappointed:D
     
  11. trex1310

    trex1310 New Member

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    Silikroil is also a good product that I use.
     
  12. enit2winit

    enit2winit New Member

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    Any opinions on Froglube?
     
  13. Bushman

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    I heard it gives you warts.. ;)
     
  14. lonewolf101

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  15. ivandog48

    ivandog48 New Member

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    WD-40 has been considered the go to lube for a long time. My experience with it is not good. I did some research on WD-40. It is 98% kerosene with some additives. You spray a weapon down with it and a couple months later it is a varnish like gunk that will lock some small parts together. Had to share my shotgun with a friend who's Browning auto shotgun froze up on a duck hunt. He used WD-40. Granted it was cold but that's what kerosine does. There's better lube out there.
     
  16. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    WD-40 = Water Displacement formula on the 40th attempt.

    Water displacement does not equal lubrication.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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  18. lonewolf101

    lonewolf101 New Member

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    thats why I use rem oil last
     
  19. Bushman

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    For something easy and proven: Hoppe's No. 9
    For something you make and proven: Ed's Red (LINK)
    Ed's Red' Bore Cleaner
     
  20. LukeM

    LukeM New Member

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    I use Brake-Free which I think is a carryover from being in the military.