What’s the best gun bore cleaner?
The answer depends on what you want in a gun bore cleaner. Most gun bore cleaners do a great job at cleaning only but some do much more. Let’s look at some needs or wants in gun bore cleaners to help identify what’s the best for your particular application.
Gun Bore Cleaner Properties:
- Application container
- “Seasoning” properties
- Compatible with materials other than metal
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Hoppes No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaner
Depending on which of the properties you want/need above, there maybe several gun bore cleaners for you. Hoppes No. 9 gun cleaner is by far the most popular gun bore cleaner. It is highly effective but has a strong odor, is toxic, is not biodegradable, it’s container is not easy to apply with, does not “season” the metal surface for easier future cleanings and it is not compatible with some non-metallic materials. However it is pretty cheap.
You need to wear protective eye wear, protective gloves and a long sleeve shirt when using this product. I do not recommend using it indoors either.
Here are the results of my gun bore cleaner test featuring Hoppes No 9 bore cleaner.
Hoppe’s No 9 Bore Cleaner in a wide-mouth bottle. I particularly don’t like these containers because it makes it hard to apply the cleaner without spilling. I had to use a spoon to apply it to the fouling. See below.
Here I am applying the Hoppe’s No 9 gun bore cleaner. I made sure there was enough cleaner applied to thoroughly soak the fouling area.
Here are the results after a 10 minute soak. It’s very effective.
G96 Bore Solvent
G96 bore solvent is another effective gun bore cleaner similar to Hoppes No. 9. It is effective and is fairly cheap but does not meet the other properties listed above. It is also toxic. You should wear gloves and protective eye wear when using this product. Also only use it in a well ventilated area.
Gun Bore Cleaner Test – G96 Gun Cleaner
I burnt 3 charges of H4831 smokeless powder on a metal bar and then applied some G96 Gun Cleaner. I let it soak for 10 minutes.
You can see that the fouling wiped clean easily without any brushing or scrubbing. G96 Gun Cleaner is very effective.
Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner
Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner is an excellent choice. It removes carbon fouling Extremely well and fast. I think I only had to use 5 patches to clean my Glock 22. Slip2000 725 is much safer than most other gun bore cleaners. It is non-toxic and biodegradable which means it will not harm the environment or your skin however there is a warning label stating that it is harmful if swallowed. I do like Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner.
Gloves, protective eye wear and long sleeve shirts are not needed with 725 gun cleaner. You can also use it indoors. It has no odor and no fumes.
Gun Bore Cleaner Test – Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner
Here’s the Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner and the metal bar I use to simulate the metal of a gun. I burn 3 charges of smokeless powder on the metal bar to create a good amount of fouling.
Here’s the burnt powder fouling mess.
I apply a liberal amount of 725 gun cleaner to the burnt on carbon fouling and then let it sit for 10 minutes.
Here’s the 10 minute soak.
The powder fouling easily wiped off of the metal bar without any brushing or scrubbing. Awesome gun bore cleaner!!
Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner
Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner is a great product. It is effective and is biodegradable, non-flammable and odorless however it is not non-toxic so be careful when using this product. Wear eye protection and nitrile or latex gloves when using Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner. It is on par with the other products as far as cost goes. It is effective but I think there are better choices.
Gun Bore Cleaner Test – Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner
Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner and metal test bar. I burn 3 charges of H4831 smokeless powder on a metal bar and then attempt to clean it.
Here’s the carbon/powder fouling from 3 40 grain charges of H4831 powder. I sprayed a liberal amount of Elite gun cleaner on the fouling and then let it sit for 10 minutes.
Here are the results. The fouling wiped clean very easily. Elite is an excellent gun bore cleaner.
M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner
OK….here is the product that does it all. It’s totally non-toxic and safe to use indoors, odorless, colorless, non-flammable, highly effective, “seasons” metal surfaces making future cleanings easier, compatible with all non-metallic materials, comes in spray application containers and is no more expensive than the other cleaners. M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner is a water-based cleaner that easily penetrates carbon fouling. Once it penetrates the fouling, it loosens the bond between the fouling and the gun metal, making it easy to remove without brushing or scrubbing.
M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner is safe to use indoors and no protective clothing is needed when using it. It’s non-toxic.
Gun Bore Cleaner Test – M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner and test metal bar.
3, 40 grain charges of H4831 were ignited on the test metal bar. It produced a good amount of carbon fouling. I sprayed a very liberal amount of M-Pro 7 on the fouling and then let it sit for 10 minutes.
And here are the results. The powder fouling was easily wiped off using a single cleaning patch. There was no need for any brushing or scrubbing of any kind. M-Pro 7 is an awesome gun bore cleaner!!!
In my book, M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner is a winner. I use M-Pro 7 products on my Glocks and feel it is the best gun bore cleaner available but I demand more from a gun bore cleaner than most people.
Other water-based non-toxic gun bore cleaners
I have performed many gun bore cleaner tests with all types of cleaners and I can say for sure that the water-based gun cleaners are the best when it comes to carbon fouling. They are more effective than the chemical cleaners and absolutely safe for your guns, animals and the environment. Some of the harsher chemical gun cleaners actually stained the bluing on one of my rifles. In a recent gun cleaner test 2 foaming gun cleaners actually etched a steel and a aluminum bar. The test material was damaged by the strong chemicals. I would never use these cleaners on my guns.
Mil Comm MC25 Weapon Cleaner is another excellent gun bore cleaner that is water-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, colorless and odorless. I have used this gun bore cleaner in many tests and on some of my guns. I love it.
Mil Comm MC25 is non-toxic and water-based. It is safe to use indoors with no protective clothing. It has no odor or fumes.
My gun bore cleaner tests consist of burning a smokeless powder (H4831) on a clean metal surface numerous (3 powder charges) times and then applying a gun bore cleaner to clean it. I allow the gun bore cleaner to soak for 10 minutes and then I attempt to wipe the fouling clean with just patches, no brushes of any kind.
Here was my gun bore cleaner test featuring Mil Comm MC25 Weapon Cleaner. I poured a charge of about 40 grains of H4831 on the metal bar and then ignited it. I performed this for a total of 3 times. This provided a good amount of fouling for my gun cleaner test. You can see the area with the carbon fouling. I liberally sprayed Mil Comm MC25 on the area and then let it sit for 10 minutes.
Here is the carbon and powder fouling after being sprayed with the Mil Comm MC25. Notice that I sprayed a liberal amount on the fouling. It has to be wet in order to penetrate the carbon fouling. I let it soak for 10 minutes.
After a 10 minute soak, I take several patches and wipe the surface without any downward pressure. You can see the fouling slid off the metal surface easily. This is how a gun bore cleaner should work. No brushing or scrubbing.