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Ed's Red Gun Cleaning Fluid

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Colorado4Wheel, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Awww :wavey:, I just had to post this here. I tried a batch of this stuff and it works better then Hoppes #9 IMHO. Basically, it's a 1 part each of

    Acetone
    Mineral Spirts
    ATF Fluid Type 2 or newer
    Kerosene

    I made a batch with out the Acetone and then poured it into a small glass bottle and added 25% of Acetone. Acetone is used for shotgun cleaning and will disolve plastic fouling. I don't shoot shotgun and own plastic guns. I tried it on my Glock frame and it did not harm it. Acetone will evaperate very quickly so I don't think it a concern but I will use the acetone stuff on my barrel mostly.

    Pros

    It's cheap
    Cleans nicely
    Doesn't stink like Hoppes #9
    Doesn't attack copper brushes.

    Cons

    Doesn't smell like Hoppes #9
    Not designed to remove copper fouling

    Links below.

    http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm

    http://www.9mmlargo.com/eds_red.htm
     
  2. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    If I mix up a small batch, say a 55 gallon drum, then discover I'm not totally satisfied with the performance can I send it back to you for a full reimbursement of the ingredients plus shipping costs... Mr. Midway. :dunno:

    Jack
     

  3. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Midway used to sell a vs of it with Turpintine. Not as good as this version. So I say buy it from them and find out.
     
  4. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    ATTENTION FORUM MEMBERS


    LITTIE STEVIE'S RED WIZARD GUN CLEANING FLUID AND SEPTIC PUMPING COMPANY...

    has lousy customer service. May I suggest you find a different cleaning medium and consider cessation of all solid foods.

    This has been a public service announcement. :whistling:

    Jack
     
  5. 380Seecamp

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  6. oldsoldier

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    I have used a modified version of Ed's Red for many years. Equal parts of low odor mineral spirits, automatic transmission fluid, and k1 kerosene. It is an excellent and fairly inexpensive bulk solvent. I store mine in an ammo can. Makes for a nice cheap solvent tank. Disassemble and dunk the gun parts, a little scrubbing with a tooth/paint brush and then close the can back up until next time. Don't laugh until you try it. Then again you could pay three times as much for a product called "Dunk It". Same stuff.
     
  7. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Even with just a patch it works pretty good. I had to buy ATF but besides that I had everything on hand. Glad I tried it.
     
  8. kshutt

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    I think I'll just stick with MPro7 & Ballistol!!! Not much for "home brew." :smoking:
     
  9. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    Nice and expensive. Buy me a gallon next time you get some.
     
  10. kshutt

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    C'mon, Steve! Only $47.00 for a gallon of Mpro7 at Glockmeister? That's just spare change!!! :supergrin:
     
  11. Murphy's Law

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    Don't think you're going to win this one "4W". Personally, I might just try your recipe out (small quality) as I shoot skeet each and every Wed (still not worth a darn at it). :supergrin:
     
  12. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    I sure feel like a winner. The vast majority of my Hoppes #9 is going to cleaning the crud off the outside of my barrel and in the gun. Now I have enough material to make about a gallon of Ed's Red and it cost me 1 bottle of ATF fluid. Thats under $3. For minor lead removal it works fine. For heavier stuff I have learned other options in this thread. All way less expensive then buy from Brownells and paying shipping. So if thats not winning I don't know what is.

    http://www.frfrogspad.com/homemade.htm
     
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  13. cyberiad

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    I made half a gallon several years ago and still have a lot left. While it may not 'stink' like Hoppes use it only in a well-ventilated space.
     
  14. mteagle1

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    Since trying Blue Wonder I have no desire to experiment with anything else.
     
  15. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    It barely smells at all if you use Oderless Mineral Spirts. I don't even notice the smell. Regular Mineral Spirts stinks for a long time.
     
  16. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    $7.99 for 4oz, vs perhaps $4 for a gallon. You guys are missing the point. It's not a specialized cleaner. For the record neither is Hoppes. Ed's red removes carbon fouling, minor leading quickly and better then the Hoppes Elite and other stuff I have tried that doesn't stink like Hoppes #9. If I use it inside I don't even notice the smell 5 mins latter in my gun room. I also just got some 10% Ammonia for $3.50. Big 32oz bottle. Read the link I posted and you can make your own Lead Removing Product 10% the cost of the "fancy" stuff and it's basically the same thing.
     
  17. cyberiad

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    Maybe I used a different recipe. It's not so much the smell as dangerous fumes
    from the acetone that I was warning against. It really should be used in a well ventilated area http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tfacts21.html regardless of the actual smell.
     
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  18. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    If it bothers you leave the Acetone out. It's mostly for shotgun use anyway. Works fine with out it. I am going to start wearing gloves when I clean things. Even if I used Hoppes. I'm sick of the residue on my hands. Either way the amount used on a patch is minimal.
     
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  19. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Boy, what a bunch of wussies... wearing gloves to clean guns. Next you're gonna say you use a ladle to pour lead from your furnace instead of just scooping it out with your hand like the rest of us do.

    Right guys... guys... well, I guess everyone else is busy right now.

    Jack
     
  20. just for fun

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    Where did you find the ammonia?