View Full Version : Cleaning rifle without any solvent?

12-30-2012, 8:48 AM
What do you guys recommend to use to clean your rifle if you don't have any solvent?

12-30-2012, 8:50 AM
I have some I'd give you if you weren't so far away. I'm using froglube now and love it !

12-30-2012, 9:44 AM
Hmmm I'll have to try froglube. Everyone seems to like it

12-30-2012, 11:43 AM
Rags, patches, and oil will get the bulk of the gunk out.

12-30-2012, 11:58 AM
Just curious why no solvent? I'm thinking solvents are pretty harsh in most cases. I've been using Kano Kroil with fantastic results on BCG's, barrels etc. That stuff just creeps into everything so you have to be careful with your wood stocks.

12-30-2012, 1:57 PM
Use CLP to get the junk cleaned off with multiple cleaning patches and rags. Then re-oil using the same CLP. One bottle for everything.

12-30-2012, 5:47 PM
2 is 1. 1 is none I always have a spare bottle of copper solvent on hand.
That said most rifles don't need it. CLP, Triflow, or WD40 on a brush and patches works well enough to get most of the gunk out.

12-30-2012, 7:34 PM
Thanks a lot guys

12-30-2012, 7:43 PM
Ed's Red.

12-31-2012, 11:04 AM
Im just putting this out there, but if i had no solvent id probably just rub everything down with clean motoroil. Synthetic preferred, but whatever in a pinch. Wipe clean like usual, then oil those spots that usually need oiled... Something is better than nothing.

12-31-2012, 11:18 AM

12-31-2012, 12:19 PM
Eds Red is nice. I have a trp operator soaking in it right now. I am about to go out and wipe it all down. Good stuff although I am sure there is better by now. But this only cost me $26 for a gallon of it with parts leftover after I mixed it up.

Rusty Scabbard
12-31-2012, 8:55 PM
Don't clean. Just wipe and lube a little with 30 wt.

Gunsmith Dan
01-01-2013, 9:40 PM
If you got no solvent Simple Green works in a pinch as it dissolves carbon really well, since that is what your copper and lead is sticking to.