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Old January 11th, 2017, 04:48 AM   #1
 
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I recently purchased the Mark IV Hunter (Stainless Steel). The owners manual directs you to Rugers website to view a video specific for the Mark IV. Long short, after many days of searching, I could not find it. The manual is very vague. I called Ruger and they realized there is an error and they will try and upload the video ASAP. In the mean time, I have read days worth of threads regarding how to clean this Stainless Steel pistol. I have other pistols, none of which are stainless, so Iím afraid to use the wrong product and ruin the bore and gun finish etc. I currently use Hoppes Elite for the bores then follow up on the entire gun with Breakfree CLP via use of bore brushes and jags with patches. I also have Hoppes #9 that I never used. I do NOT use Boresnakes, so please donít bother turning this thread into a debate over that. Im only interested in how to clean the Mark IV stainless and with what solvents etc, especially, what NOT to use. Thank you for your time.



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Special stainless solvents? You may be making this more complicated than it has to be.
I've been using the same potions and elixirs for carbon and stainless both with no harm done that I'm aware of. I have heard and heed the caution about using anything with ammonia in it on chrome plated stuff, but nothing about stainless.

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I have three stainless firearms and I use the same solvents that I use on my blued steel ones. Been doing it for 30+ years on one with nary a problem.
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"I currently use Hoppes Elite for the bores then follow up on the entire gun with Breakfree CLP via use of bore brushes and jags with patches. I also have Hoppes #9 that I never used."

As stated in my OP, thats what I have been using on my blue steel, what are you guys using on your stainless?
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Oh, I will be happy to stick with what I currently have if its safe,, I am just not sure, looking for solvent feedback,, thanks
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For a stainless Vaquero I'm using Ballistol for cleaning, lubrication and anti corrosion. This because handguns can be and are carried on the body and Ballistol is non-toxic and the 45 Colt is a black powder cartridge and may be loaded with same and Ballistol is simpatico with the dark, sooty side of life.

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Stainless won't be damaged by the products you're using. I really can't think of any cleaner that will harm a stainless Ruger. Mine's a MKII and has been cleaned with just about everything. Brake Cleaner , Ed's Red Bore cleaner and those are pretty intense cleaners....nothing has hurt it so far.
Carry on with Elite and CLP you will be just fine.
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Thank you for the feedback sir,,,,
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