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Old May 11, 2005, 02:59 PM   #5
Mike Irwin
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Join Date: April 13, 2000
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GI Bore cleaner works well because it is, by weigh, about 75% water. There are also alkalines that are used to dissolve trace amounts of oil under which corrosive priming residue might hide from straight water alone.

That's why you always see the 'use hot soapy water' advice -- the soap dissolves any remaining oil that can hide potential rust producing salts.
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