Is Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner Any Good?

Is Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner any good?

I’ve tested many gun cleaners in the past 2 or 3 years and Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner is one of the best. I burned 3 charges of smokeless powder on a flat steel bar and then soaked it with Hoppe’s Elite. I waited 10 minutes and then wiped it clean. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

So the short answer is YES…it’s very good and non-toxic too.

The best way to use Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner is to apply a very generous amount or in other words SOAK the area to be cleaned and wait 10 minutes. Then run a few wet patches through the barrel and then a few dry patches. Done

Here is one of my gun cleaner tests featuring Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner.

Is M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner Safe for Polymer?

I had a few readers ask if M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner was safe for polymer pistols.

The short answer is YES.

I have used M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner on my Glocks for many years. It’s an excellent cleaner and will not damage or harm the polymer Glock frame. But be careful when using it on unprotected wood or painted wood surfaces. It may remove the paint or finish. Always test M-Pro 7 on a questionable surface before cleaning the entire weapon.

I’ve tested M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner many times and have to say it’s one of the best gun cleaners available. It’s also non-toxic and has no odor.


Best Gun Cleaner for Corrosive Ammo

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.

  1. Ballistol mixed with warm water (90% water 10% Ballistol)
  2. Mil Comm MC25
  3. Gunzilla
  4. M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
  5. Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner
  6. 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.

What’s the Best Gun Cleaner for Carbon?

What’s the best gun cleaner for carbon buildup?

There are many gun cleaners out there that will clean carbon fouling but which are the absolute best?

In my experience, and I have tested many gun cleaners and gun CLP’s, I would have to say the water-based gun cleaners are the best. There are some chemical gun cleaners that work well also like Sweets 7.62 and Hoppe’s No. 9 Solvent but why use these harsh cleaners when non-toxic ones are available and at the same price?

Here are the best gun cleaners for carbon fouling. These cleaners will soak into and loosen carbon so it is easily wiped away. When I say Easily wiped away, I mean no scrubbing or brushing…just wipe with a clean patch. The key to carbon removal is to apply a liberal amount of gun cleaner (soak the area to be cleaned) and then let it sit for 10 minutes. The run a clean patch through the barrel or wipe the area clean depending on what you are cleaning. The carbon will wipe off.

OK…here’s my short list.

  1. Mil Comm MC25
  2. M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
  3. Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner
  4. G96 Gun Degreaser/Cleaner
  5. Hoppe’s Black HP Gun Cleaner

Watch this gun cleaning video to get an idea of how easily these gun cleaners remove carbon fouling.

Water Based Non Toxic Gun Cleaner – M-Pro 7

M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner is a water-based, non-toxic gun cleaner manufactured by Pantheon Enterprises, Inc. Pantheon Enterprises strives to produce innovative and bio-friendly products that perform extremely well. Hence M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner.

Some people laugh at a water based gun cleaner but let me tell you, water-based gun cleaners penetrate carbon better than any other chemical compounds.

Best Gun Cleaner Spray

So what’s the best gun cleaner spray?

I have tested and used many and I do mean MANY gun cleaners in the past 30 years.  There are 3 sprays that stand out from the crowd of gun cleaners and they are:

  1. M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner
  2. Mil-Comm MC25 Premium Weapon Cleaner
  3. Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner

All 3 of these come in a spray bottle that makes it super easy to apply. Here are the reasons why I rate these 3 as the best gun cleaner sprays.

Excellent cleaning ability – the gun cleaner should loosen and help remove carbon and powder residue easily. You should not need to brush the area over and over to get it clean. A cleaning patch should be all that is need to remove the carbon fouling.

Non Toxic – I don’t like to use anything that is toxic period. I don’t want to have to use nitrile gloves, face mask and a smock when cleaning my guns. I don’t like cleaning my guns outdoors either. Some gun cleaners have a very strong odor and smell up the house quickly. You don’t want to breath those vapors either.

No strong smell – Don’t clean your guns outside, just get a cleaner that has no odor. Your family and lungs will thank you for it.

Does not stain – ever spill gun cleaner on your clothes or carpet? Some of them stain.

Easy spray bottle – I absolutely hate those wide mouth gun cleaner bottles! You have to dip the patches in it which is very awkward and then it drips all over. You can’t pour it easily either. Just get a spray gun cleaner.

Biodegradable – I don’t want to worry about how to dispose of toxic chemical gun cleaners. I just want to throw the empty bottle in the trash and know that it’s OK….Biodegradable Only.

Reasonably priced – Gun Cleaners should be reasonable priced and not over $20 for an 8 oz bottle. I like to use a lot of gun cleaner so price is a major concern for me.

Safe on metal and synthetics – Have you ever used a gun cleaner and noticed that the bluing on the barrel changed color where the gun cleaner was? I have. Not a good scenario. Many guns have polymer parts and frames, so you want a gun cleaner that will not eat into the polymer (Glocks).

Safe for any type bluing – Like I said before, you don’t want a gun cleaner to stain or lighten any metal treatments like bluing or browning. I have seen this happen.

You can shop for any of these gun cleaners here….Gun Cleaners at

Let’s take a look at how they performed in a simple gun cleaner test. I use a piece of bare steel (.250 x 3 x 12)and some smokeless powder to test gun cleaners. I clean the steel bar first and then burn some smokeless powder on it. I then attempt to clean the carbon and powder residue off the steel bar with a gun cleaner. How easily the carbon is removed and if it is completely removed will determine how effective the gun cleaner is. Now let’s take a look at the gun cleaner test setup.

Here’s the gun cleaner test setup. I burn 2 or 3 charges of smokeless powder on the steel bar and then apply the gun cleaner. I let the gun cleaner soak for 10 minutes and then use several cleaning patches to try to wipe the area clean. It’s always quite obvious if a gun cleaner is good or not.

Here’s the M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner test. I sprayed some M-Pro 7 on the metal bar and then scrubbed it clean. This bottle is about 5 or 6 year old and still works really well. Go figure.

Here’s the aftermath of 40 grains of H4831 and a lighter. There’s plenty of carbon fouling burnt onto the metal. It will be hard to remove without a good gun cleaner.

Here’s a closeup of the powder residue. Now let’s see what M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner can do in 10 minutes.

I applied a liberal amount of M-Pro 7 and let it soak for 10 minutes. There are 2 very important factors here. 1. Apply a lot of gun cleaner and 2. Let it soak for 10 minutes. You can see in the photo that the carbon fouling wiped right off with no scrubbing or brushing. This is one of the best gun cleaner sprays available.

Now let’s take a look at how Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner performed.

Here’s the Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner in a handy spray bottle.

I sprayed 2 or 3 squirts of the Hoppe’s Elite on the fouling and then let it soak for 10 minutes. Here you see the fouling soaking. I make sure the fouling is soaked with cleaner. If the gun cleaner dries it will never work. Now let’s see what happens when I wipe the area off with some clean cleaning patches.

Here’s my first wipe. You can see the powder residue easily wiped or slid off the metal. Let’s wipe it straight across now.

Hoppe’s Elite soaked into the carbon and loosened it. It only took 2 cleaning patches to wipe the area clean. No scrubbing or brushing. This is a great and effective gun cleaner in a spray type bottle. This is the way a gun cleaner should work.

Let’s see how effective Mil Comm MC25 Weapon Cleaner was.

Here’s the Mil Comm MC25 Weapon Cleaner and the “task at hand” or rather the mess. Again I soaked the powder fouling thoroughly and let it sit for 10 minutes before doing anything. Here you can see the 10 minute soak taking place.

Here’s a closeup of the powder residue with the Mil Comm MC25 soaking in. If you don’t wait 10 minutes with most gun cleaners, it won’t work as well. It takes time to soak through the carbon and loosen it.

It doesn’t get any easier that this. Everything just wiped off with one pass of the cleaning patch. It works the exact same way in a gun barrel. Mil Comm MC25 is awesome. It’s also non-toxic so you do not have to worry about getting it on your hands or clothing. And it has no odor.

Can You Clean a Gun with Soap and Water?

Here’s a great question: “Can you clean your gun with just soap and water?”

The answer might surprise you.

The short answer is YES.

Soap and water will remove carbon and powder fouling but not so much for copper and lead. Always remember to let the soap and water solution soak for about 5-10 minutes. I have used water and Dawn dish soap successfully. Water is absorbed by powder residue and carbon which loosens it, making it wipe away easily. Just remember to dry all metal parts thoroughly and then oil. This is how you have to clean guns that have fired corrosive ammo in them or black powder.

This is why some of the water based gun cleaners work so well like Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner and Mil Comm MC25. I think M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner is also water based.

Hoppe’s Black Gun Cleaner – New 2017

Hoppe’s Black High Performance Gun Cleaner is a brand new product for 2017. It was formulated for high round firearms like the AK’s, AR’s and other semi auto rifles and handguns.

This high performance gun cleaner removes heavy carbon and powder fouling from bores and actions easily. It’s safe for all barrels and actions. It works best when you soak the bore using wet patches or a boresnake and then let it sit for 10 minutes. Then patch until clean.

I just ordered the Hoppe’s Black Gun Oil and Gun Cleaner to test. I’ll post the test results as soon as they’re complete. I tested other Hoppe’s gun cleaners like Elite and No. 9 synthetic blend bore cleaner with excellent results. I would think this gun cleaner would do no worse. You can buy some here….Hoppe’s Black High Performance gun maintenance products at

Best Cheap Gun Cleaning Solvent

What’s the best cheap gun cleaning solvent today?

I have bought and used a lot of gun cleaning solvents in the past 30 years…everything from Hoppe’s No 9 solvent to the new tech cleaners like Mil-Comm MC25 and Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner. I’ve bought some for $50 and as little as $5.

With such a competitive market, the prices have come down with several options being available for about the same price. There are 4 really good choices in the $17-$20 range for a 8 oz bottle and these are all non-toxic and environmentally safe. Here’s the run down and my cheap gun cleaning recommendations:

  1. Otis 012-AR Gun Cleaner – ~ $17.00 /8 oz bottle
  2. Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner – ~ $17.00 /8 oz bottle
  3. M-Pro7 Gun Cleaner – ~$18.00 /8 oz bottle
  4. Mil-Comm MC25 Gun Cleaner – ~$20.00 /8oz bottle

If you want to try one of these gun cleaners, here is a link to buy them online….Gun Solvents at



Best Weapon Cleaning Solvent 2017

So what’s the best weapon cleaning solvent in 2017?

I have a new favorite and it’s Mil-Comm MC25 Premium Weapon Cleaner.

I wrote a review on Mil-Comm MC25 Premium Weapon Cleaner and performed several cleaning tests (Mil-Comm MC25 Test) and it’s spectacular. Here’s why I chose Mil-Comm MC25 as the best weapon cleaning solvent for 2017.

  1. It’s non-toxic and totally safe for humans, pets and the environment
  2. It doesn’t smell
  3. It soaks into and under powder fouling making it easy to wipe clean
  4. Inexpensive
  5. Spray bottle makes applying solvent easy and doesn’t waste any product.
  6. Removes powder residue
  7. Removes other oils and preservatives and leaves surface squeaky clean
  8. Made is U.S.A.

Here’s how easy Mil-Comm MC25 Premium Weapon Cleaner is to use. Spray a liberal amount on gun action and barrel/bore. Let soak for 10 minutes. Now brush and patch with wet patches. Done. Want to try some Mil-Comm MC25?…here is a link…Mil-Comm MC25 Premium Weapon Cleaner at