So I clean my rifles and pistols very religiously. What I mean by that, is that I spend all day Sunday cleaning guns that I shot on Saturday. Until today, I have not really been happy with any of the cleaning methods or solvents used to get the bore utterly clean.
As a kid, and young adult, I always knew that there was nothing other than Hoppes #9 for cleaning. Well, here's what I now do with Hoppes #9: just spill some around the bench for nostalgia... or use is as cologne... it's worthless for anything else.
I later tried Hoppes Elite bore gel. It is worth even less than #9, since it doesn't even have that smell that brings me back to the days of being a 12 year old at deer camp in West Virginia.
After Algore invented the internet, I started looking around for other ideas, since I borrowed a borescope from work, and realized just how worthless the previous solvents were.
Shooter's Choice was next given a multitude of recommendations. By this time, i'd picked up a Ruger in 35 Whelen which if I could turn inside out, would make a great bar file. This particular Ruger has a rough spot easily visible near the muzzle which always catches some copper. It seemed to work ok after about 50-60 patches were jagged through it, but still took too darn long. I thought it was good stuff since it cleaned a lot of stuff out that the Hoppes products left behind, as well as eventually getting that telltale streak of copper near the muzzle.
Still a lot of work, so I googled some more... next was Butch's Bore shine... this got the barrel "squeeky" clean... literally squeeked back and forth down the barrel... good stuff- but alas, that streak of copper was still there in the groove near the muzzle.
Ok, now I stayed up late at night on some benchrest forums, and I found that the answer to my problems was Kano Kroil and JB Bore paste. I tried all known methods, with straight Kroil, mixed Kroil with Shooter's Choice, mixed Kroil with Butch's, etc... followed by JB paste. I'm sure I made the barrel smoother, but it was no faster or easier in cleaning that anything else tried thus far.
I'd in the past... once... tried some foaming bore cleaner from a local marine supply/ sporting goods store in Homer. It seemed to be a bit easier, and faster than previous methods, but was too **** expensive...$15 for one good cleaning, and the stuff was sticky/ messy
So, today, taking one of my Colt Pythons to WWG to fix a timing issue, I notice some "Patch-Out" on the shelf. I asked if it was any good, since I'd tried some foaming cleaner before, but wasn't too impressed. Ken said something to the effect that Wipe-out was great stuff, and using the accelerator with it was the way to go- he also said that they get 10 rifle cleanings per can with the stuff (the other stuff took a whole can to foam the bore the 3 times it took to get clean) I'd heard of wipe-out, and assumed it was the stuff I got in Homer and didn't really like too much.
But, what the heck, I got a bottle of Patch-out (the liquid version of Wipe-Out), a can of Wipe-Out, and a bottle of accelerator. So far, in the 2 hours since I got home, I've used the foaming Wipe-Out on 3 of my rifles. With only a 30 minute soak (with accelerator) all of them are absolutely spotless. The telltale streak of copper near the crown on my .35 was gone in less than 5 minutes. Also, at 12.99 a can, I've cleaned 3 rifles, and have used a LOT less than half of the can... which is really not that bad, since I have 2 more bores soaking as I write this, and my time is money (I'd rather be spending my time on internet forums than cleaning rifles lol)
Well, that's it, an anecdotal review only, but that's what you get on the internet. Still trying to research if it's OK to use in my collection of AR's with gas tubes.