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Tips on Cleaning a Gun Which has Fired Corrosive Ammunition

There is something too many shooters don't know. You can shoot your gun for years with cheaper, and I say, healthier corrosive ammo, clean it properly and your gun will suffer no adverse effects. Or you can shoot it once with corrosive ammo and clean it only with Hoppes 9, Outers Gun Cleaner, Frog Juice or any other common gun cleaner and be well on your way to ruining your gun, after that first time.

How's that? Common gun cleaners make lots of wild claims on their labels - like they dissolve copper, etc. - BUT they don't even claim to clean-out the corrosive salts, left from firing corrosive ammo.

Try this for yourself, put some coarse salt, road salt, or kitchen salt in Hoppes 9 and see how long it takes to dissolve this. Answer: it never dissolves these common salts (which are a direct stand-in the the type of salts produced by the primers, in corrosive ammo). Do the same test with water or Windex, or a diluted mix of Hornady One Shot Muzzleloader Cleaner NH. The salts dissolve almost immediately! The point is that if you shoot corrosive ammo (and I know, many will cringe at the thought) you have to flush the corrosive salts out ASAP with water, Windex or a diluted mix of Hornady One shot muzzleloader cleaner. 

For example, at the range, right after shooting corrosive ammo, shoot a liberal amount of Windex down your bore, before you head home (really). After that, it is a good idea - but not essential - to do a follow-up conventional cleaning with Hoppes 9, Outers Gun Cleaner, Frog Juice, etc.

Shoot corrosive ammo and omit the initial flushing out of the corrosive salts with water or Windex or a diluted mix of Hornady One Shot Muzzleloader Cleaner and you will ruin your gun! Don't believe me? Do your own tests - like I did (see the accompanying photo).

 

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