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Old April 18, 2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Cleaning

What solvent do you guys use after a range session with your rifle. Is there one solvent. that does it all.
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Old April 18, 2013, 08:48 PM   #2
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I prefer to use..

Shooter's Choicce or Hoppe's [as made now].

Wet the bore and couple brush strokes and re-wet bore as I go home from match.

Then at home redo and leave sit for dinner, then clean and detail the gas system and lube it.
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Old April 18, 2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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Montana Extreme
Barnes CR
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Old April 18, 2013, 09:09 PM   #4
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I don't always clean my rifles, but when I do, I prefer hoppes 9.











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Old April 18, 2013, 09:26 PM   #5
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I don't clean after every range session but I pay close attention to my round count. I shoot copper out here and I have to clean some of my rifles after only 25 or so rounds downrange. When I clean I use the Barnes CR10 and scrupulously follow the package directions.
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Old April 19, 2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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Listen, everybody could reply that they use a different brand and how much better it is than the next fellas, so I'll start by saying I clean all my rifles after every range trip unless they are going to the field the following weekend.
I use G96 cleaner lubricater protector, and usually that's all that's needed for carbon, and when it comes to copper fouling Bore Tech Eliminator gets the call, those ammonia based copper cleaners do not come close, (I know because I have used them all) and after the Eliminator gets through, a soaked patch of G96, followed by a dry patch, then I wipe my rifle metal with G96 and put back in gun cabinet.
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Old April 20, 2013, 12:38 PM   #7
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Walmart has the 5oz bottle of Hoppes for $2.97 that's my go to solvent. Sometimes I splurge and buy the Shooters Choice but it costs three times as much. It's not any better imho, but it doesn't smell as strong as the Hoppes. I also use Gunslick foam cleaner on occasion for really dirty barrels. A small $10 can seems to last forever.
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Old April 20, 2013, 03:21 PM   #8
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Old April 21, 2013, 11:26 AM   #9
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Tried many, settled on the tried and true Hoppes 9
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Old April 21, 2013, 02:12 PM   #10
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hooligan has it right. If you want copper removed, don't waste your time with Hoppe's, Shooter's Choice, Sweets, or Butch's Boreshine. Get the Boretech Eliminator. That'll get the copper that you THOUGHT you got with the Hoppe's. That said, I don't always want all the copper removed, so for light cleaning (carbon and a little copper) I'll use Shooter's Choice or Butch's.

And I suppose that I should mention that cleaning time and effort has a lot to do with the caliber you're shooting and the quality of the rifle bore. I can clean my Ruger Hawkeye 223 very quickly. It really doesn't foul that much. My Ruger 77V, in 220 Swift, with Douglas barrel gets pretty nasty pretty quick. It takes a bit more work for a thorough cleaning. Both barrels are in good shape, so I put the difference down to the 220 being a much more intense cartridge with a lot more powder being burned. And the 220 lays down a good bit more copper.
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