Froglube introduced their Super Degreaser as part of their Professional Grade product line. It’s designed to remove any and all petroleum based oils and cleaners. It’s great for removing Cosmoline from old WW II military rifles that were in storage. Froglube Super Degreaser will also remove carbon and powder fouling.
As with all Froglube products, the Super Degreaser is non-toxic and has a very pleasant odor. If you are ready to treat one of your guns with Froglube CLP, you might want to use the Super Degreaser first to remove all oils, cleaners and fouling. Then clean it again with the Froglube Solvent. Now it’s ready for the CLP treatment.
I get his question quite frequently. There are a few options that work extremely well and are cheap and found anywhere.
Here are my picks based on personal experience.
Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner
Dawn dish soap and water
I have tested these 3 extensively and they work!!! The trick is to soak the parts to be cleaned for 10 minutes and then wipe with clean patches. Just remember to thoroughly dry your firearm and then oil it quickly.
I have used and tested many gun cleaners in the past 20 years. And I have had 3 AR-15’s and 2 AK-47’s. I’ve used many solvents on them with various degrees of success.
I require a gun cleaner or solvent to remove carbon and powder fouling EASILY. This means after a 10 minute soak, the carbon and powder residue must wipe clean with just a few patches. There are 3 gun cleaners that I have used extensively that do this and I recommend them for the AR-15 and AK-47 rifles.
Here they are:
M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner
Hoppes Elite Gun Cleaner
Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner
All of these gun cleaners are non-toxic and work extremely well. You just cannot beat them for cleaning semi-auto rifles which accumulate a lot of carbon from hundreds of rounds.
*** Here’s my secret to gun cleaning…apply any of these gun cleaners liberally to the action and barrel….then wait 10 minutes. Now run 2 or 3 clean patches through the barrel and wipe off the bolt/action. You’re done.
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.
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.
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.