Carbon Build-Up

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by zaitsev44, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    I have a good bit of carbon build up on my M1 Carbine. I've gotten as much as I can but it seems to never end. I've used some Hoppe's No9 an some elbow grease and it seems to be helping but not much. Is there a product I can use to break down the carbon or help? The only thing I've shot out of it is 50 rounds of Tula (I know, I know, Tula is garbage and I didn't know until half way through the box) and it fouled it up so bad.
     
  2. fa35jsf

    fa35jsf New Member

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    I have found CLP works great. Clean, Lubricate, Protect. It's what the military uses for all of their modern guns. Should do just fine in yours. Great thing about it, it's an all in one stuff. If you have excessive carbon build up, put a healthy layer on and let it sit a day or two and wipe it off. Then add a very thin layer and leave on for protection.
     

  3. fa35jsf

    fa35jsf New Member

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    You can usually find it at Wal-Mart in an aerosol form (which I hate) or at Bass Pro Shops in a liquid bottle form. Get the liquid stuff, much less mess.
     
  4. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    Great, thanks man, I'll look for it.
     
  5. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    I'm putting frog lube on it now for lubrication. How is it? I love it so far. Any comments?
     
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    fa35jsf New Member

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    Frog Lube? Never used it but I have seen it at some stores. I stopped using normal gun oil ever since my guns would develop surface rust even after applying oil. Since I started using CLP I have not had that problem. Even in my humid environment.
     
  7. zaitsev44

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    Ok I'll pick some up as soon as I can. I don't have a Bass Pro or Cabelas near me, but I'll check online and Walmart. Thanks again
     
  8. JonM

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    Walmarts stock clp. Great product for all in one. Dont shoot steel out of unchromed chambered guns like a m1. Well you can but expect it to have issues. Steel cases dont seal the chamber well and you get a lot of blowby into the action. Some coatings on steel cases can cause fail to extract depending on when the ammo was made.

    Steel rounds can also expand and not contract leading to stuck cases in non chrome guns or even case head seperation due to excess force being applied to a sticky case during extraction. This can be a nightmare on a straightwall 30carbine case.

    All else fails sonic cleaner will really do a number on impossible carbon buildup. Need to thoroughly oil immediatly after using a sonic cleaner
     
  9. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    Ok that explains a lot. Thanks, I know why that Tula failed to extract now too. Thanks
     
  10. kalboy26

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    I know a lot of guys that use break cleaner to clean there guns. Great solvent. Gets the carbon out real well, and its a lot cheaper. Just a thought. I think when my #9 runs out I will prob go that route.
     
  11. zaitsev44

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    I've heard about that. It takes cosmoline off too, but I also heard it damages the wood if you get it on the wood.
     
  12. Fisherking

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    Yes break cleaner works well . I usualy have a gun disasebled first so no but stock on it when kleaned
     
  13. Fisherking

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    I realy like my ultra sonic cleaner , for getting the carbon off. I usde it on the cylinder of my 629.
    Carbon that I couldn't get off with a copper brush , came off with two half hour cycles in the ultra sonic tank .
     
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    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    How much do ultra sonic cleaners usually run? I've heard they're really useful for cosmoline removal and other cleaning.
     
  15. DiabloMan

    DiabloMan New Member

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    Ballistol, that is all.
     
  16. GSmith1883

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    Been using the frog lube for a few months now, it's good stuff, can get in a heavy oil and a paste, and a little of either goes a long way. Haven't tried it for cleaning (haven't found anything Hoppes no.9 can't break down), but I heard it works great. Before frog lube I was using Milcom TW30 grease, also great stuff.
     
  17. techiej

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    +1 for Ballistol. Gone to using it on Garands, Glocks, etc.
     
  18. JW357

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    +2 for ballistol. It does everything, and does it all very well. Also it is good for wood and leather so no worries about your stock getting hurt. I use it on every gun I own.
     
  19. zaitsev44

    zaitsev44 Active Member

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    Ok does Walmart sell Balistol? It sounds like it will do the job.