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.

Gun Cleaner vs Gun CLP – Cleaning Test

So which gun product cleans better…Cleaners or CLP’s??

Let’s test them to see which product cleans more effectively.

I use a simple gun cleaner test consisting of a flat steel bar, smokeless powder, cleaning patches and a gun cleaner or CLP. I burn 2 or 3 charges of smokeless powder on the steel bar and then apply a gun cleaner or CLP to the fouling. I let it soak for 10 minutes. After the 10 minute soak, I take several cleaning patches and wipe the area clean or at least attempt to.

First the Gun CLP – Breakfree CLP

Now let’s watch a straight gun cleaner at work – Mil Comm MC25 Gun Cleaner.

How to Field Strip the Ruger SR-556 Rifle

Learn how to field strip and reassemble the Ruger SR-556 piston rifle from a Ruger professional. It’s very similar to most other AR-15 piston clones. It’s much easier to learn from a video than a gun manual, for sure.

Always use a good gun cleaner and gun oil in order to make the most of the AR-15’s reliability and accuracy. I highly recommend M-Pro 7 Gun Cleaner, Hoppe’s Elite Gun Cleaner, Mil Comm MC25 and Slip2000 725 Gun Cleaner. As far as oils go, I recommend Rem Oil, M-Pro 7 LPX, Breakfree CLP, Ballistol, Hornady One Shot and Hoppe’s Synthetic Gun Oil…just to mention a few that did well in my gun oil testing.

How to Reassemble the Marlin 336 Rifle

Learn how to reassemble the Marlin 336 lever action rifle from a professional gunsmith at Brownells. This method applies to most lever action rifles, so if you have a Winchester, it’s basically the same. Remember to use a good set of gunsmith screwdrivers whenever doing maintenance on firearms. A stripped screw will ruin your day.

How to Lubricate the Marlin 336 Rifle

Learn how to properly lubricate the Marlin 336 lever action rifle from a professional gunsmith from Brownells. Gun manuals are great but it is so much easier to watch a video and learn how to do something. Lever action rifles are very easy to field strip and clean. It is advisable to only use gunsmith screwdrivers on firearms. If you use a standard screwdriver, it is possible a screw slot could get damaged and then you’ll need to see a gunsmith to remove the damaged screw.

Some of my favorite gun lubricants are Breakfree CLP, Rem Oil, Hornady One Shot, M-Pro 7 LPX, Weapon Shield CLP and Hoppe’s Synthetic Gun Oil.

How to Clean the Marlin 336 Lever Action

Learn how to lubricate the Marlin 336 lever action rifle from a professional gunsmith from Brownells. Videos are the best platform for learning how to do just about anything. I’ve read many firearm manuals and videos are just 100 times better.

Some of the better lubricants that I have used on firearms are Breakfree CLP, Rem Oil, Hornady One Shot, M-Pro 7 LPX and Hoppe’s Synthetic Gun Oil. It’s also a great idea to have a set of gunsmith screwdrivers. You can buy a small set for about $12.

How to Disassemble the Marlin 336 Rifle

Learn how to disassemble the Marlin 336 lever action rifle and the many variants from a professional gunsmith from Brownells. A video is so much more effective when it comes to learning how to do something. I’ve read many gun manuals but when I watched a video, it was much easier. Once you remove the bolt from a lever action rifle, you can clean the barrel from breech to muzzle just like any other rifle.

*** It’s always a great idea to own a set of Gunsmith Screwdrivers when performing gun maintenance.

How to Completely Disassemble the 1911 Pistol

Wilson Combat makes some of the world’s finest 1911 pistols. Ron Philips from Wilson Combat demonstrates how to completely disassemble the 1911 pistol. The 1911 pistol is much more complex that most other semi auto pistols like the Glock and XDM. It takes some knowledge to strip a 1911 and some patience too.

Hoppe’s GunMedic Cleaner and Lube Test Video

So how well does Hoppe’s GunMedic Cleaner and Lube work? The only way to really know the truth is to test it scientifically. If you watch someone clean a gun or barrel with a gun cleaner, can you really determine if the cleaner works well? NOT REALLY.

I do scientific tests when it comes to gun cleaners and gun oils. For gun cleaners, I burn some powder on a piece of metal and then clean it with a gun cleaner. You are able to see how well it works because everything is in the open unlike the bore of a gun barrel. It will either wipe clean easily or it won’t.

Here’s my Hoppe’s GunMedic Cleaner and Lube test video.

Gun Oil Corrosion Test – Lucas Gun Oil

Lucas Gun Oil is a well know lubricant and particularly more famous in the automotive industry but anyway let’s see how well a straight gun oil prevents corrosion.

I use a simple corrosion test which entails applying a gun oil or CLP to a clean bare metal plate. I spray the treated metal plate with water and then let it sit outside in the desert climate until rust appears. Every other day I will spray the treated plate with water until it rusts.

Here it is…Lucas Gun Oil

Here’s the gun oil corrosion test setup….clean metal plate and Lucas Gun Oil.

Here’s the steel plate. Nice and clean and no rust.

I apply 2 drops of Lucas Gun Oil to the steel plate and then I’ll spread it evenly.

Closeup of the 2 drops of oil. Lucas Gun Oil looks just like motor oil unlike other gun oils and CLPs.

Now that the Lucas Gun Oil has been applied, I can start the test with a good spray of water.

I gave the test plate 2 good squirts of water.

It’s a little hard to see the water because it did not bead up. You can see a few beads in the lower right hand corner. Now let’s see what happens in the next 24 hours.

24 Hours Later – Lucas Gun Oil Corrosion Test

There is a light film of rust taking hold. Let’s take a closer look.

RUST….Lucas Gun Oil does not provide a long lasting corrosion barrier but it’s not a CLP either. Lucas Gun Oil is a just a lubricant.