What’s the best gun cleaner for corrosive ammo?
The best gun cleaner for corrosive ammo is anything that is water based….including Simple Green and Windex.
Corrosive ammo leaves behind a type of salt and it’s not table salt but similar in that it dissolves in water and is highly corrosive. So if you use a gun cleaner that is not water based, the salt will remain in the barrel and action and slowly corrode the metal surfaces. Many people still use soap and warm water to clean firearms that have fired corrosive ammo and also black powder firearms. Soap and water does a great job at removing carbon and the salt residue from corrosive ammunition. After cleaning with soap and warm/hot water, dry the firearm and apply a good gun oil or CLP. If you use hot water, the gun will dry much quicker and it will dissolve the salt much faster.
So if you do not want to use soap and water then there are a few more options.
- Ballistol mixed with warm water (90% water 10% Ballistol)
- Mil Comm MC25
- M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
- Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner
- Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner
I would recommend Ballistol mixed with water because it lubricates and protects while it’s cleaning. The other gun cleaners only clean and do not protect the metal from corrosion. Ballistol kills 2 birds with one stone.