Cleaning mil surp barrels

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Cleaning mil surp barrels

Postby RGRWJB » Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:44 pm

I have always found that good ole Hoppes #9 works great for corrosive ammo clean up. It is very cheap too if bought in bulk.
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Postby spearedum » Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:55 pm

"I love the smell of Hoppe's in the morning.. it make me think of.... regularity!"

I think #9 is great, but I've heared pros & cons for it's ability to remove the salt residue from corrosive ammo. Allthough, most of #9 is water, and H20 is needed to desolve the salts.(?)

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Postby dhtaxi » Sun Jan 01, 2006 5:17 pm

I use edds red I made a 5 gallon batch up and Im working my way through it.
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Postby wh12725 » Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:05 pm

I certainly don't have any lab results to back me up, but nearly 40 years of shooting has me believing that cleaning, with whatever, does the job. I've used all sorts of solutions to include regular old hot water and never had a problem. Hoppes, windex, brake cleaner, carb cleaner, etc., etc. Cleaning ensures no damaging effects from residue, failure to clean ensures damage.
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plain hot water

Postby PeterN2 » Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:14 pm

A couple or three of pints of hot water down the barrel takes care of corrosive residue. Clean as normal after that and you should have no rust problems. It pays to check after a day to make sure all is OK though.

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Postby spearedum » Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:26 pm

Does the chamber need special care with corrosive ammo?

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Postby DaveGreen1954 » Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:17 am

Anything that comes in contact with the corrosive primer residue can be effected by it. Barrel, chamber, bolt head, etc.

My simple (and effective) solution is to carry a jar of T/C presoaked muzzle loading patches in my range box. When I'm done shooting they come into play. They are rather big so I cut one in half and push it through the barrel from the chamber end and discard. Repeat with the other half. Follow up with a regular dry patch. Take another wet one and wipe the chamber, action & bolt head, then dry with another dry patch. Pack up, go home, then open my favorite aftershave, Hoppes No.9 and have at it as usual.

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Postby sc928porsche » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:19 am

Most cleaning products do not work well on salts. To clean after shooting corrosive ammo, I rinse with hot water, Then use a bit of vinigar and water mix, rinse again and then clean with the old Hopps #9. Patch dry, and then oil.
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Postby afish4570 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:58 pm

The quest still continues....being scrub for almost a month now. Last week have soaked with Ballistol and scrubbed with a bronze bore brush, clean patch (which are still black pretty bad) and then wet patch with Ballistol. Today I changed the chemical to Kroil....Any ideas. afish4570 :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Postby chucksniper » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:56 pm

plug the chamber (brownells sell these plugs) and fill the barrel for whatever is fouling the barrel.

Try # 9 hoppes, first then go from there. Reasearch for the best cleaner

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Postby dromia » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:41 am

I gave up using propriety cleaning products many years ago, I used to be a Hoppes fan , does as advertised and great smell, but the price was too much.

Some one tipped me off on Ed's Red or an equivalent as it wasn't called that then but when I came across Ed's recipe it was similar. It does all my cast boolit cleaning but takes some effort if there is leading. I avoid leading by going for good boolit fit.

As ammonia is the active copper removing ingredient in most cleaners I buy that as household ammonia 10% strength from any hardware shop. This what I use for getting the copper out when I want get a barrel into cast boolit shooting fettle.

What I do is bristle brush and patch the bore turn about with Ed's Red and then ammonia leaving it no longer than 10 minutes to soak for the ammonia as some one said too long in there will damage the barrel.

I've used this for years and it does the job effectively and cheaply, I don't go for the unfired barrel state but I do like to get the ammonia patches not coming out blue.

For corrosive ammunition I preceed the cleaning with a few pints of boiling water to neutralise the hygroscopic salts.

In saying all this I've been given some Wipe Out and rate it highly as its squirt and leave, it's pricey but just the biscuits for those old barrels that look like a .22. It just gets everything out with ease. Even shifts leading.
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Postby andrew375 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:09 am

I use alternating applications of a nitro solvent and Sweet's 7.62 copper solvent. It took just four cycles to get down to steel on my Mosin. This was after two good soaks of forrest bore foam; it is good, but not as good as most people think.
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Postby markinalpine » Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:00 am

SurplusRifle.com has several articles about cleaning using commercial and home-made products and devices. Check the articles in the General Maintenance secton: http://www.surplusrifle.com/maintenance.asp

In particular, I recommend the article about building your own Electric Bore Cleaner, EBC: http://www.surplusrifle.com/reviews/copperout/index.asp

They also have articles about removing cosmoline from Milsurp weapons, making your own bore cleaners, and so on.

There are many comments and several good mini-articles in the forum area: http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/index.php

and in particular: http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewto ... &sk=t&sd=a

Scroll down about one third of the way on the first page and read the post by Jeff S. posted Sep 15, 2007, who gives a pretty good set of instructions on building and using your own EBC.

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Postby Woftam » Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:09 pm

Mark,

Haven't had a crack at building one of those ECB's have you ?

It's on my to do list (someday).
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Postby markinalpine » Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:14 pm

Yes, I built one and used it to clean up a 100 year old Winchester 1894 .30-30 that exhibited the usual clean it, put it away, clean it the next day and it was as if you hadn't cleaned it the day before. After using the EBC, it now cleans up more quickly, and follow up cleanings on the next two days, my usual practice, don't take nearly as long, and don't look like you didn't clean it the first time.

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Postby Woftam » Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:34 am

Sounds promising. Will have a crack at it later in the year.
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Re: Cleaning mil surp barrels

Postby The Virginian » Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:12 pm

There is nothing in Hoppes #9 to neutralize corrosive salts so cleaning with hot soapy water first or Windex will take care of them, then use your solvent of choice.
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