Cleaning Question

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by franklin67, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. franklin67

    franklin67 New Member

    I use Hoppes #9 to clean my guns--good product, good price IMHO. My question is--how long is too long to soak gun parts in this stuff? I've never let em soak more than a few hours. Is overnight okay? My 22s get REALLY filthy after a long day of shooting. Thanks.
  2. yesicarry

    yesicarry New Member

    I've been using Hoppes #9 for over 20 years.. And have never had to soak parts overnight. Never.. Clean with #9 till the cloth is clean on every wipe.

    Then lube.. That easy.

  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    I've never had to soak parts, even after shooting all day. I've found that if you run a wet patch, then a brush(I use nylon), and go back and forth, my guns always clean up rather quickly. Sometimes I wet the barrel and let it sit for 5 minutes or so while I work on the smaller parts but that's it. The only time this doesn't work is if I wait more then 24 hours to clean them, which I no longer do.
    I don't think you'll hurt any of your gun parts by soaking them for a while. I know hoppes won't hurt polymer frames but I wouldn't feel right soaking them in it.
  4. TheOldMan

    TheOldMan New Member

    Unless the solution is a caustic or an acid, you do not have to worry about soaking your metal gun parts. When I am working a new project on an old milsurp, I let the barrels and parts soak for days sometimes before getting back to them.

    Please note that I mentioned METAL gun parts. I would not let plastic or poly parts set for very long simply because I do not know what affect the solution might have on those parts (if any).
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2010
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    I do annual inspection/cleaning of duty guns. They get detail stripped and dropped in a bucket of solvent to soak. The really nasty ones get left overnight. It just makes cleaning easier to soak them well.

    This is not "routine cleaning". This is the detail cleaning and inspection that we mandate on an annual basis. I do not clean the "routine" areas (like barrels). The gun must be "clean" when brought in for this detail cleaning.
  6. mag318

    mag318 Member

    I've been using Hoppes No9 for decades, love the aroma.
  7. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

    I used to have a neighbor that was a retired LEO. Dave brought his deer rifle by the house and ask me if I could get it clean for him. I looked down the bore and it was freak'n green. Evidently Dave wasn't into cleaning his firearms and that was not what I expected from a law enforcement officer.

    I used USP Bore Paste, soaked it overnight with Hoppe and Shooters Choice and finally after a week of cleaning I almost had it satisfactory for my standards.

    Remember when using chemicals, read the label very carefully.
  8. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

    Just don't soak any nickel plated guns in it.
  9. Rentacop

    Rentacop Well-Known Member

    franklin67 :
    The video, " Making Glocks Rock " from AGI discourages the use of Hoppes #9 on Glock Frame rails, which are plated.
  10. franklin67

    franklin67 New Member

    No problem there, as I dont own a Glock-but I'll keep that in mind in case I ever do....

    Thanks for all the feedback guys (and girls). I was talking about the metal parts of course. I feel funny about soaking my reciever, which is some kind of plastic (rugers--mark III .22, and a P95).

    Anyway, I guess I'll just keep doing what Im doing--letting them soak for just a few minutes and using some good ol' elbow grease :)

    BTW, I too love the smell of hoppes #9. I still try to clean my guns by an open window when Im using it though...
  11. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

    Hoppes is Great But...

    Used Hoppes for 20 years, still do on some parts, but 6 months ago I bought a can of Gun Slick Foaming Bore Cleaner. This stuff is AWSOME! Comes with a 3" flexible clear rubber tube attached. Just jamb the tube into your chamber and push the button until you see with foam oozing out of the muzzle. The foam fills and saturates and lands and grooves in your barrel.

    Wait 5 minutes, brush it 4 to 5 times:), them a run a patch till it comes out clean.

    $3.00 buck a can and I've gotten at least 20 clean barrels out it.
  12. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

    Anytime I feel the need for any incense in the house, I open a bottle of Hoppes #9 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

    It just ain't the same without the Benzene. (Old formula) :(
  14. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

    I do the same thing. Unfortunately, It is usually around the same time as quals so some do not clean their guns. I have been using Gunzilla instead of Hoppe's and it seems to work better. While I don't spend a lot of time on the barrels, I do note the condition of the barrel and if it is not corrected by the next inspection there are consequences from the Chief.