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It never fails to piss me off everytime I look at the prices the Corporate Nazis charge for tiny bottles of solvent & oil. So I thought I'd post some homebrews I've come across over the years. The first is Ed's Red bore cleaner it was developed by Ed Harris. Its equal parts dexron II transmisson fluid, mineral spirits, Kerosine & Acetone. If you get each one by the Quart you can mix up a gallon of it for not much more than you would pay for one of the tiny bottles. The next came from an old pistolsmith I Knew several yrs. ago. Its the best lube I've ever used. You just use a Full Synthetic motor oil Thinner is better (I use Royal Purple 5W20) & add the finest powdered Graphite you can find. The synthetic motor oil won't get thick & gummy like regular oil & the graphite stays in place & fills in the microscopic scratches & pores in the metal. The last is the best & fastest way to clean a Copper fouled Barrel I've ever found. You will need Industrial strenght Ammonia, store bought ammonia is only 2-3% ammonia but if you go to a chemical supply co. you can find 26% industrial strength ammonia.
WARNING!!! This stuff is Nasty to say the least. It will eat skin down to the bone (No Shit!). I used rubber gloves to mix it but took them off to put the cap back on the bottle, I got one drop about the size of the head of a pin on my thumb, I was about 10ft. from the sink. Within 2sec. it brought blood to the area! Mix & use only outdoors as the fumes will KNOCK YOUR ASS OUT!!!!! So wear protective clothing! Ok enough of the disclaimer! You mix the ammonia with an equal part of Hoppies no.9. Then break gun down to just the barrel & put a thick pad of paper towels in the bottom of 5gal. bucket then place barrel muzzle end down in bucket. Using an eye dropper run enuogh to coat entire inside of barrel & let sit for 5-15min. NO LONGER! Then run several dry patches followed by Ed's Red soaked patches and you will have a nice shiny bore. The paper towels will have a big gob of green crap that was once copper fouling. It works for people like me that lack the patience to scrub a barrel. Once again if you are not familiar with handleing chemicals or are just a Dumbass in general (you know who you are.) I wouldn't try the copper solvent. The ammonia is about 20-30$ a gal. & the Hoppies no.9 is not cheap but as you only use a couple of eye droppers at a time & only when your barrel is badly fouled its a lifetime supply.

P.S. I keep both the Ed's Red & The Copper solvent in Qt. Mason Jars.
 

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thanks for the info!

i'll share one recipie i have that a respected feller gave me. This is for black powder cleaning and is purty simple
one part murphy's oil soap
one part rubbin alcohol
one part hydrogen perioxide.

mixed in equal parts. A little bit will do and the barrel almost acts like its pukeing the fouling out with the foaming. Used at the range with a range rod, jag, and patch, it makes cleaning very fast and effective when the fouling builds up. When i get her home though, its back to soap and warm water.
 

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When I was a kid a some of my friends around here drank beer and lighter fluid. That seemed to work.
 
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