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Rags are a must have when cleaning guns. I use rags to not only wipe off my firearms but also to lay disassembled gun parts on and to protect guns from scratches from a hard tile floor or metal table. They also come in handy to wipe off your gun cleaning table when you’re done. I always take at least one rag to the range. They always seem to come in handy.
Let’s test it and see how well it does cleaning burnt on powder residue.
Here’s my gun cleaner test setup…metal surface, smokeless powder and gun cleaner. Let’s get started…
First I applied some FireClean CLP to the surface of the metal bar as you would with a firearm. I spread it evenly with several patches and then wiped off the excess. Then I’ll add some H4831 gun powder and ignite it…not once but twice.
Here’s the first charge of smokeless powder…about 50 grains.
H4831 is pretty safe to burn since it’s a slow burner. It does have a lot of energy though.
Here’s the burnt-on powder residue from the first burn.
Here’s the residue after the 2nd burn. I added a liberal amount of Fireclean CLP on top of the fouling and will let it soak for 10 minutes. Then I’ll try to wipe it clean.
The powder residue did not wipe clean easily. You can see what did not come off.
Conclusion: FireClean CLP is a good lubricant and protectant but cleaning powder residue easily is not where it shines. But it is better than no cleaner if you are out in the field. FireClean CLP is a non-toxic, environmentally safe CLP that doesn’t smell up the house and is safe to touch. If you are interested in trying some on your guns, here is a link…FireClean CLP/Gun Oil at Amazon.com
I can’t say enough good things about Southern Bloomer Mfg. I love their patches and customer service. It doesn’t get any better.
Southern Bloomer patches are made from a soft cotton knit…like t-shirts and underwear material…soft and absorbent. That’s funny because that’s how Southern Bloomer Mfg started…they made panties and night shirts for the Federal prisons. One day they took the scrap material from production and made cleaning patches from them. The rest is history.
Cotton knit patches work really well for cleaning guns and just about anything. The cotton knit is very absorbent so it holds a lot of cleaner or oil. It’s also lint free and tough. They won’t fall apart when cleaning a gun barrel and actually help scrub it clean.
So how hard is it to make a good cleaning patch?
…you might think it’s very easy but I’ve used many patches and some flat out suck. Some don’t hold oil or cleaner and some leave lint inside the barrel. And then some tear when putting them on the end of a jag.
Southern Bloomer shotgun patches are tops. They’re nice and big and make cleaning a shotgun quick and easy. I usually only have to use 3 or 4 and my shotgun bore is shiny clean. I use the 3 x 3 size for my 12 gauge. You get 500 to a bag which will last you a long time. Here’s a link to buy them online…Southern Bloomer Shotgun Patches 3×3/500 bag at Amazon.com
Foaming gun cleaners seem to be the latest and greatest BUT are they?
…Do they really clean in one application?
…let’s do a test
…Gunslick Foaming Bore Cleaner vs burnt on H4831 powder reside.
Here’s the test setup….clean metal surface, smokeless powder and foaming bore cleaner.
I pour about 50 grains of H4831 onto the metal surface and then ignite it. I’ll do this a 2nd time before cleaning
Here’s the 2nd burn
Here’s a closeup of the burnt on powder residue. Now I’l apply the Gunslick foaming bore cleaner and let it soak for 1 hour.
Gunslick foaming bore cleaner is applied and allowed to work for 1 hour.
Here’s what it looks like after 1 hour. I’ll wipe it with some clean patches now.
The burnt on powder residue easily wipes off. I’ll use some more patches to clean it better.
Nice and clean now. Gunslick Foaming Bore Cleaner is a powerful solvent and it actually etched (removed surface oxidation) the aluminum surface. You can see the lighter colored area where the Gunslick foaming bore cleaner was applied.
Here’s a closeup.
Conclusion: Gunslick Foaming Bore Cleaner does what it’s claimed to do. It is a powerful solvent and will clean carbon and powder residue in one application. If you are interested in trying it, here is a link to buy it online…Gunslick Foaming Bore Cleaner at Amazon.com
Mil-Comm MC 25 is an excellent gun cleaner…watch and see.
Here is a leftover mess from one of my gun cleaner tests. You can see a thick, gooey residue left from the smokeless powder. Most Gun CLP’s will not remove it. Let’s see how Mil-Comm MC 25 does. I sprayed a liberal amount onto the residue and let it soak for about 5 minutes.
Here’s a closeup of the MC 25 soaking.
A few wipes with some clean patches and it’s squeaky clean…it doesn’t get easier than that!!
Mil-Comm MC25 leaves the surface super clean without scrubbing or brushing. Just spray it on and let it soak….then wipe. It’s a great product. If you want to try it, here is a link….Mil-Comm MC 25 Gun Cleaner at Amazon.com.
I found a new gun cleaner to test….Uniquetek Premium Firearms Cleaner.
Uniquetek Premium Firearms Cleaner is:
Safe too use indoors
Contains no oils
First, I’ll clean a metal surface with the Uniquetek Firearms Cleaner.
You can see that it removed some dirt/oil from the metal surface. The surface should be very clean now.
Here is my gun cleaner test setup: metal surface, gun cleaner and smokeless powder.
Here is a charge of about 50 grains of H4831 smokeless powder. I will ignite this charge and then add a second.
Here’s the aftermath…lots of powder residue. Let’s try to clean it by applying the Uniquetek and letting it soak.
I was not able to soak the fouling because Uniquetek gun cleaner evaporates very quickly. So i just applied it to several patches and then quickly wiped the area. The carbon buildup came off but not easily. The underlying gunk/stain/goo did not come off even with more Uniquetek.
Conclusion: Uniquetek Premium Firearms Cleaner was designed for removing oil/grease and not fouling. It would be great for cleaning triggers, actions, etc. If you are interesting in getting some, here is a link…Uniquetek Premium Firearms Cleaner at Amazon.com
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
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.
I applied a thin film of Ballistol CLP to the metal surface. Now I’ll pour some H4831 smokeless powder on top.
This is about 50 grains of H4831. I’ll ignite this charge and then burn a 2nd 50 grain charge.
Here’s the burn.
Here’s the mess (burnt powder residue) after the 2nd powder burn. Let’s see how easy it’ll be to clean.
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.
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