September Giveaway – MOA Gun Maintenance Kit

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The September Giveaway is a really nice gun maintenance kit from Molecular Advantage. MOA makes a super high tech lubricant formula unlike any other. This is space-age technology. If you like to use grease on your firearms then this is the best there is.

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MOA Gun Maintenance Kit

MOA Gun Maintenance Kit

MOA Gun Grease and Gun Oil

Here is the MOA gun oil (larger one) and gun grease in easy t apply syringes.

MOA Gun Maintenance Kit

Here’s the other components: Gun Conditioning Oil (on the right), Oil and Grease Remover, cotton tip applicators, nylon general purpose brush and gun cleaning rags.

Gun Cleaner Test – Ballistol CLP

Ballistol CLP is a very popular product among gun enthusiasts. It is a great lubricant and protectant but does it clean fouling well?

Let’s put Ballistol CLP to the test.

…Ballistol CLP vs Burnt on gun powder residue

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP

Here’s the gun cleaner test setup. Metal plate to burn powder on and Ballistol CLP to clean with. I’ll use some H4831 smokeless powder for the test.

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP

I applied a thin film of Ballistol CLP to the metal surface. Now I’ll pour some H4831 smokeless powder on top.

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP

This is about 50 grains of H4831. I’ll ignite this charge and then burn a 2nd 50 grain charge.

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP

Here’s the burn.

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP

Here’s the mess (burnt powder residue) after the 2nd powder burn. Let’s see how easy it’ll be to clean.

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP Results

I sprayed a liberal amount of Ballistol on top of the powder residue and let it soak for 10 minutes. Let’s see if it wipes clean.

Gun Cleaner Test - Ballistol CLP Results

Beautiful!!! The powder residue wiped/slid off very easily. Ballistol loosened the fouling, making it easy to remove. Very Nice. This is just one of 2 CLP’s that actually removed the residue easily. Most gun CLP do not clean very well.

Conclusion: Ballistol is an amazing product. It lubricates, protects and cleans very well PLUS it will clean/protect firearms that have used corrosive ammo. If you want to try Ballistol, here is a link to buy it online…Ballistol CLP at Amazon.com

Gun Cleaner Test – M-Pro7 CLP

M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner is awesome for cleaning carbon, powder residue and other fouling but what about M-Pro7 CLP?

Does the M-Pro7 CLP clean as well as the Gun Cleaner?

Let’s do a test and see what happens.

Gun Cleaner Testing with H4831

Here the test setup….metal bar to burn powder on and some H4831 Smokeless Powder. First I apply the M-Pro7 CLP to the surface as you would with any firearm. Then I’ll pour about 50 grains of H4831 on top of the metal surface and ignite it…not once but twice.

Gun Cleaner Test - M-Pro7 CLP

Here’s the test surface with a liberal amount of CLP. I’ll use several patches to evenly spread the CLP and then wipe the excess off.

Gun Cleaner Test - M-Pro7 CLP

Here’s the powder charge.

Gun Cleaner Testing with H4831

Here’s the ignition…now let’s see the mess that’s left over to clean.

Giun Cleaner Test - M-Pro7 CLP

Here’s the burnt powder residue. It’s tough to remove without a good gun cleaner.

Gun Cleaner Test - M-Pro7 CLP Results

Now I’l spray some M-Pro7 CLP on top and let it soak for 10 minutes and then try to wipe the area clean.

Gun Cleaner Test - M-Pro7 CLP Results

Here are the results…the fouling wiped off very easily. The M-Pro7 CLP soaked into the carbon fouling and loosened it, making it easy to remove.

Conclusion: M-Pro7 CLP was an awesome product. It is no longer made but you can still buy the M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner and the M-Pro7 Gun Oil LPX. Both are excellent. Here’s a link to get some…M-Pro7 Gun Cleaning Products at Amazon.com

Can You Use Simple Green to Clean Guns?

Can you use ordinary household cleaners to clean guns?

How about Simple Green?

Let’s try it on some burnt on powder residue and see what happens.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

Here’s the simple green and the test materials – H4831 smokeless powder and a flat metal surface.

Let’s get started.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

Here’s about 50 grains of H4831 smokeless powder. I’ll ignite it and then pour out another 50 grains for a 2nd burn.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

Here’s the mess….burnt on powder fouling. I’m going to spray it down with the Simple Green and then let it soak for 10 minutes.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

…soaking for 10 minutes.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner? Results

As you can see the fouling wiped off easily without scrubbing or brushing. The Simple Green cleaner soaked through/penetrated the fouling and loosened it, making it easy to remove.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner? Results

There is some discoloration still on the metal surface but the tough carbon fouling is gone. Simple Green is a very effective cleaner. I use it around the house for everything from cars to tile floor grout. It’s safe and non-toxic without a strong smell.

YES…you can use it on firearms, just remember to lubricate everything after cleaning. Simple Green will remove all oils and lubricants.

Here’s a link if you are interested in Simple Green….Simple Green Cleaner at Amazon.com

 

Gun Cleaner Test – G96 CLP Synthetic Oil

G96 CLP Synthetic Oil is a great lubricant and protectant but does it CLEAN?

Let’s find out by putting it to a test.

I’ll burn some smokeless powder and see if it cleans it easily.

Gun Cleaning Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil

Here is the test surface, cleaning patches and G96 CLP Synthetic Oil. I’ll put a thin film of oil on the surface first and then burn some powder on top.

Gun Cleaning Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil

Gun Cleaner Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil

Now let’s add some smokeless powder and let it burn.

Gun Cleaner Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil

…50 grains of H4831 smokeless powder. Now let’s burn it!

Gun Cleaner Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil

Here’s the messy powder residue. It is pretty hard to remove. Let’s try to wipe it clean without any additional G96 CLP Oil. I want to find out if the oil prevents fouling from sticking to the metal.

Gun Cleaner Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil Results

Amazing how a good synthetic oil will stop carbon from bonding to a metal surface. The majority of the fouling wipes off fairly easily.

Gun Cleaner Test - G96 CLP Synthetic Oil Results

The thick carbon fouling wiped off but there is still some discoloration left that did not wipe off. It could possibly be burnt oil. G96 CLP was not able to totally clean the surface.

Conclusion: G96 CLP Synthetic Oil is a good lubricant and protectant but it’s cleaning abilities are lacking. It does however prevent fouling from adhering to metal surfaces. If you want to give G96 CLP a try here is a link to buy it online at a discount…G96 CLP Synthetic Oil at Amazon.com

Gun Cleaner Test – Rem Oil

Rem Oil is a pretty good lubricant but can you use it to clean your gun?

Let’s see if Rem Oil can prevent and/or remove burnt on powder residue.

Gun Cleaner Test - Rem Oil

Here’s the test setup…metal base/bar and Rem Oil. I’ll apply the Rem oil to the metal surface and then add about 50 grains of smokeless powder and ignite it…Twice. Then I’ll see if the residue/fouling can be removed easily.

Gun Cleaner Test - Rem Oil

Here’s the Rem Oil on the test surface. I’ll spread it evenly with a few dry patches.

Gun Cleaner Test - Rem Oil Results

Here’s the baked on powder residue after¬†2 burns. I’ll try to wipe it off with just a few dry patches.

Gun Cleaner Test - Rem Oil Results

It wasn’t easy to wipe clean but it did come off fairly easily. So Rem Oil did stop the powder residue/fouling from bonding to the metal surface. It does make it easier to clean fouling.

Let’s add some Rem Oil on top and let it soak for 10 minutes and see what happens.

Gun Cleaner Test - Rem Oil Results

Not bad…Rem Oil is a pretty good product. It’s very slippery and does prevent fouling from adhering to metal surfaces. I wouldn’t call it a gun cleaner though. But I do like it!!

If you want to try some out, here is a link….Remington Rem Oil at Amazon.com

Gun Cleaner Test – FrogLube CLP

FrogLube CLP is a hugely popular CLP but does it clean carbon buildup and powder fouling?

Let’s put FrogLube CLP to a cleaning test…with some nasty powder fouling

Gun Cleaner Test - Froglube CLP

Here it is…FrogLube CLP and my metal test plate or bar. I’ll apply the FrogLube CLP to the metal bar and then burn some smokeless powder on top of it.

Gun Cleaner Test - Froglube CLP

I use a few patches to evenly spread the FrogLube CLP onto the metal bar. Then I add about 50 grains of H4831 smokeless powder and ignite it. Then I do this a 2nd time.

Gun Cleaner Test - Froglube CLP

Here is the nasty fouling mess. Let’s see if it can be wiped off without any additional CLP. Maybe the pre-treatment of FrogLube will prevent the fouling from sticking to the metal? Let’s try to wipe it clean with just a few patches.

Gun Cleaner Test - Froglube CLP Results

NOPE…it’s not wiping off easily and it took some effort to clean that small area. I’m going to add some FrogLube CLP on top of the fouling and wait 10 minutes.

Gun Cleaner Test - Froglube CLP Results

Still No Go…for FrogLube CLP. I scrubbed the area with several patches and it still did not clean very well. The cooked on fouling is not loosened or removed with FrogLube CLP…even after soaking for 10 minutes.

Conclusion: FrogLube CLP is an Awesome Lubricant and Protectant BUT it’s not a good cleaner.

 

Gun Cleaner Test – BreakFree CLP

I had some leftover powder fouling that wasn’t cleaned after a previous gun cleaner test so I wanted to take advantage of the situation and try another CLP.

Does BreakFree CLP clean carbon fouling easily?

Let’s put it to a test….

Gun Cleaner Test - BreakFree CLP

OK…here’s the mess and the challenger….BreakFree CLP vs burnt on powder fouling/residue. I’m going to apply the BreakFree very liberally onto the fouling and let it soak for 10 minutes and then attempt to wipe it clean.

Gun Cleaner Test - BreakFree CLP

Here’s the carbon mess with the BreakFree CLP. Now let’s try to wipe it clean.

Gun Cleaner Test - BreakFree CLP Results

Well….some of the carbon came off but not much. I scrubbed the fouling with several patches and more BreakFree CLP but it’s not coming off easily. If you enjoy scrubbing, then BreakFree CLP might be a good choice for you.

Conclusion: BreakFree CLP is a good lubricant and protectant but it certainly falls short on cleaning.

Gun Cleaner Test – Weapon Shield CLP

Weapon Shield CLP is an awesome lubricant and protectant but how well does it clean powder residue and fouling?

Let’s put Weapon Shield CLP to a cleaning test.

Gun Cleaner Test - Weapon Shield CLP

Weapon Shield CLP is applied liberally and then wiped to remove excess CLP. Now let’s add some smokeless powder.

Gun Cleaner Test - Weapon Shield CLP

I use about 50 grains of H4831…which is a pretty slow burner.

H4831 Powder Burn

Here’s the first burn. I do it twice to get some good hard fouling/residue.

Gun Cleaner Test - Weapon Shield CLP

Here’s the results of 2 powder burns. It’s pretty nasty. Now let’s try to wipe it clean with no additional CLP.

Gun Cleaner Test - Weapon Shield CLP Results

I was able to wipe a center line clean but it took some pressure. It was not an easy wipe. The Weapon Shield CLP did provide a barrier that stopped the fouling from bonding to the metal. Now let’s add some Weapon Shield on top and let it soak for 10 minutes. This will test it’s cleaning abilities

Gun Cleaner Test - Weapon Shield CLP Results

This is after a 10 minute soak. It did not wipe clean. I scrubbed with several patches but the fouling would not come off.

Conclusion: Weapon Shield is an excellent lubricant and protectant but it lacks as a gun cleaner. So far in my Gun Cleaner Tests, non of the CLP products were good cleaners.

 

Gun Cleaner Test – Otis Bio CLP

Otis Bio CLP is an excellent lubricant and protectant but how well does it clean powder fouling/residue?

Let’s conduct a test with some H4831 smokeless powder and a metal bar.

Gun Cleaner Testing with H4831

Here’s the equipment.

I’ll apply the Otis Bio CLP to the metal surface first, to see if it creates a barrier against the fouling. In theory, it should make the fouling easier to remove.

Now lets add some powder on top of the Bio CLP treated metal bar.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP

Here’s the H4831 powder charge ready to burn. I add a second charge afterwards and ignite it too.

H4831 Powder Burn

Now let’s see what kind of fouling is left over.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP

Burnt on and bonded to the metal surface. Now lets try to wipe it clean without any additional CLP.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP Results

OK…it’s not wiping clean. Let’s try adding some BIO CLP on top of the fouling and then let it soak for 10 minutes.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP Results

After 10 minutes…it still not wiping clean. I rub the area briskly but it’s not coming off too easily.

Let me show you what a good gun cleaner will do.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP Results

Here’s the leftover mess. I apply some G96 Firearm Cleaner Degreaser to the area and wait 10 minutes.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP Results

Now that’s a gun cleaner…the fouling/residue wipes easily leaving a very clean and spotless surface.

Gun Cleaner Test - Otis Bio CLP Results

Gun Cleaner Test – Archoil AR4200 CLP

Archoil AR4200 is an excellent lubricant and protectant but how well does it clean?

Let’s put it to a test.

Let’s see how well it prevents and removes burnt on smokeless powder residue.

I’ll treat the metal bar with AR4200 before I burn the powder to see if it stops the powder ¬†residue from sticking.

Gun Cleaner Test - Archoil AR4200

Here’s the Archoil AR4200 and the pre-treatment.

Gun Cleaner Test - Archoil AR4200

I spread it evenly with a few patches.

Gun Cleaner Testing with H4831

I’m using H4831 smokeless powder for the test.

Gun Cleaner Testing with H4831

Here’s a 50 grain charge ready to burn.

Gun Cleaner Testing with H4831

Here’s the first burn. I do it twice.

Gun Cleaner Test - Archoil AR4200

Here is the burnt on powder residue. Now let’s see if I can wipe it clean without any gun cleaner.

Gun Cleaner Test - Archoil AR4200

I was able to remove the fouling/residue with just a clean patch. It was not easy and took some force but AR4200 does provide a barrier against the fouling. Now lets add some Archoil on top and see if it removes it easily.

Gun Cleaner Test - Archoil AR4200 Results

I applied a liberal amount of AR4200 and then let it soak for 10 minutes. It did not loosen the fouling very much. It was difficult to remove. You can see 2 areas that will not wipe clean and might need a brush.

Conclusion: Archoil AR4200 CLP is a very good lubricant and protectant but not very effective as a gun cleaner.