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.