Hoppe’s No. 9 Bore Solvent – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaning Solvent.  This is another item for our project of building a basic gunsmith and maintenance kit for 2017.

Over the first few months of 2017 we will feature sufficient gunsmith and maintenance items to build out a full basic kit to handle most of your gun care needs.

Anyway I have said it before and I will likely say it again a lot during this project, I am very old school in my choices for gun maintenance.

I know there are a lot of new products but I also know what has always worked will still work.

I remember my grandfather showing me how to clean the bore of his old Model 70!

First ya take out the bolt, you never clean it from the front side, always the back, got it?  Good now pay attention, this is important.

Now next ya put a cotton patch on the rod, dip in in the Hoppe’s and don’t get it all over the place or your grammy will get you.

Run it though the barrel nice and slow, one pass in and out, then get a new patch, do it again, then one more time.

Then ya run two clean and dry patches through it, may be three but that is enough.  Then take one more and put just a tiny bit of Hoppe’s Oil on it, run it back and forth twice and your done.

That’ll keep rust out of your bore and no one wants a rusty bore, it hurts when you pee if your bore is rusted.  Ya think that’s funny, do ya, well good it means you’re payin attention.

It ain’t like when I was in the Navy, we are shooting deer here, not Japs, deer don’t care if your gun perfect, just that it works.  You don’t have to get all out of sorts with this stuff, understand.

Now if you do a lot of shooting we might need a brush or some of that copper solvent, but most of the time, when you just were sighing her in, or got your deer, this is all you need.

When you want to practice stick to your 22, 30-06 rounds are expensive, so are good guns, so take care of it like this and it will be around when you are as old as I am.

Now take that oil rag and give it a good wipe down and put it in the cabinet till next time.

And so it has been for well past 30 years, I still have my first deer rifle and my first 22 and Hoppe’s products have been maintaining them all the while.  I don’t know how long my Grandfather had been using products from Hoppe’s but I know the company has been around for over 100 years and he never mentioned anything else.

As you can see from my Grandfather’s teaching above this solvent is for everyday cleaning of a weapon after it has been fired.  It dissolves powder and lead and copper residue and will take off surface rust as well.

If you have a badly fouled barrel with a lot of copper build up you may have to use something like Copper Solvent or do some cleaning with a bore brush but most of the time for general use a few swabbings of this stuff is all you need.  If you do go to a brush this stuff can be used on your brush as well and it is very effective that way.

So consider adding Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaning Solvent to your gunsmith and maintenance kit today, it has been taking care of my guns for more than 30 years, closer to 40 than I want to admit, and I have no plans to change brands any time soon.

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P.S. – Note I said it dissolves rust.  So when you find that old shotgun in the pawn shop with some surface rust to restore, just put a bit of this on some double 0 steel wool and rub it lightly with this and it will come right off.  And remember anything you clean with this needs some oil before you put it away, this is a cleaner not a lubricant or protectant.  

3 Responses to Hoppe’s No. 9 Bore Solvent – Item of the Day

  1. Hoppe’s Benchrest https://www.amazon.com/Hoppes-Bench-Copper-Cleaner-Bottle/dp/B0013RB1ZC does a good job for the copper fowling.

    NOTE: the following comment only applies to center fire rifles using only copper jacketed bullets with non corrosive primers and powders. .22’s, handguns, AK’s shooting Russian ammo, black powder etc. should regularly have the bores cleaned.

    There are two schools of thought when it comes to cleaning the bore of a rifle. The benchrest guys and most of the general public tend to clean their bores regularly and maybe fire a couple fowling shots. The other group looks to clean their bores only when the copper buildup has gotten to a point that it is affecting velocity erratically. This happens when you are passing the upper end of copper equilibrium where the projectile is no longer scrubbing as much copper out of the bore as it is leaving. Most shooters will never see the difference in the two methods but over cleaning your bore will have a detrimental effect to barrel life, especially throat erosion, and extreme long range accuracy where small changes in velocity have large impacts on trajectory. For a very in depth explanation see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOmco59yJs8 through part 45

  2. Something that probably isn’t as big a deal as it used to be is that Hoppe’s was designed for corrosive ammo. There used to be people who made a big point that if your where shooting corrosive ammo you need WW2 era bore cleaner to clean the corrosive fouling but the truth is that Hoppe’s was formulated long before there was non-corrosive ammo and the formula was never changed. As I said, not as big a deal today as few people are shooting old military ammo but if you do don’t worry about needing special cleaner, Hoppe’s works great.