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Old June 14, 2008, 09:38 PM   #1
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Old military bore cleaner question

I came across some military bore cleaner from the 40's and wondering if its any good. Their are two different types. A dark one and a creamy colored one. Has anyone used this and does it remove copper? Im wondering because I can pick up a case pretty cheap.
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Old June 14, 2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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The old WWII era bore cleaners, especially the dark brown smelly stuff contained water so it would remove corrosive primer salt residue.
While it's works great for that, there are better copper solvents made today.

Plus the old stuff is NOT healthy to use.
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Old June 14, 2008, 11:20 PM   #3
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I've got a few cases made in 74, Pretty good stuff but ammonia is the best copper solvent you can get.
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Old June 15, 2008, 01:31 AM   #4
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windex, huh? I used to use that to clean my supressor... NOT.
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Old June 15, 2008, 07:25 AM   #5
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Plastic fouling

How would this stuff work with plastic fouling in a shotgun?
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Old June 15, 2008, 07:37 AM   #6
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windex, huh? I used to use that to clean my supressor... NOT.
Who said anything about Windex?
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Old June 15, 2008, 05:55 PM   #7
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How would this stuff work with plastic fouling in a shotgun?

Unknown, but I doubt it would work very well on it.
Certainly not as well as a modern shotgun solvent that's been formulated specifically to remove the plastic fouling.

The old US bore solvent was specifically formulated to clean US Service Rifles fired with corrosive ammo.
How well it'll work on copper fouling and/or plastic fouling is unknown because it was never intended to be use for that, plastic shells not existing at that time.

If you insist, buy it and try it. Worst case is you fail to get your guns properly cleaned, and waste a few dollars.

There's a reason the old solvent was abandoned by the US.
First, it's a health hazard.
Second, better solvents were developed for use with modern ammo.

Last, it's very possible the old solvent has a shelf life. It may well have deteriorated and no longer work properly, or who knows, it may actually be harmful now.
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Old June 15, 2008, 09:00 PM   #8
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We old timers keep a can around and once in a while we sneak down in the basement and take a sniff just to bring back memories of "soldiers once, and young." Aaaahhhh!!! I am sure a line of coke would beat the feeling, but that would be illegal.

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Old June 15, 2008, 10:05 PM   #9
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ROFLMAO, I gotta get me some, I gotta get me some! I might have a few buyers for this in Paterson. They love the cheap crap. Im gonna buy some for the heck of it and see how it works. Who knows, It might be good or even great for shotguns. Some of the best shotgun cleaners were made in the old days and you cant get anymore because their "bad" for you.:barf:
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Old June 16, 2008, 12:45 PM   #10
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Windex... You might read the barrel breakin procedures for the Cryo barrel made by Badger Barrel...
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Old June 16, 2008, 02:18 PM   #11
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I remember the old milky solvent from my time in the USMC. It worked not at all well, and it smelled kind of funky, but the armorers were adamant that we use it to clean our rifles. We also soaked our rifles in buckets of parts-cleaning solvent to remove carbon when the armorers weren't watching us. In the early 1980s, the US military started issuing CLP, which worked about the same as the milky looking solvent but smelled better.
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Old June 16, 2008, 07:40 PM   #12
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Gold Medalion

I have an old container of Gold Medalion bore cleaner and its great on plastic and carbon fouling. I cant seem to find it anymore. Its a creamy brown liquid and the bottle has a mixing ball in it.
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Old June 16, 2008, 07:53 PM   #13
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I am sure a line of coke would beat the feeling, but that would be illegal.
I doubt it. I tried it once, gave me a head rush is all. I dont see what the big deal about it is.
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