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Old June 3rd, 2013, 02:35 PM   #1
 
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Is Hoppes No 9 bore cleaner safe for Ruger LCR 22 LR.

I recently purchased a Ruger LCR 22 LR revolver. The users manual states that a polymer safe solvent must be used for cleaning the gun. Not knowing if Hoppes No 9 bore cleaner was polymer safe, I contacted Hoppes c.s. via e mail and was told that the gun manufacturer should know if Hoppes No 9 is safe to use on their product. I contacted Ruger c.s. via e mail and they stated that both Break Free and Shooters Choice products both explicitly say "polymer safe". However, Neither manufacturer answered my question. Is Hoppes No 9 bore cleaner polymer safe and can it be used on my LCR. I have since been using Hoppes No 9 synthetic bore cleaner which is stated to be safe on plastics, rubber, etc, but I still want to know if I have the option of using the original Hoppes No 9 bore cleaner without harming the polymer parts. Does anyone have the answer?
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 02:41 PM   #2
 
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I have used Hopes 9 on my polymer frame for my Ruger P95, with no issues. With that said, I still don't think that answers the questions completely..
Funny I have got some Break free on my poly frame and I swear, the gloss of the spot I got it on, is no longer there, it is duller. I dont use break free on the poly frame, just hopes and rem oil for lube for the slide.
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Welcome to the forum sdk.
I've used Hoppes #9 on polymer guns. I've used it on the LCR, my Glocks and on Ruger M-77's with synthetic stocks.I never noticed any damage or discoloration.
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I've been using #9 and CLP break-free (nothing else) on my SR-22P for months with no adverse effects. The grip can slide off if oil gets in there though. Got to keep that dry.
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Just some information for you guys that use Hoppe's #9 with your centerfire pistols. I would discourage you from using Hoppe's #9 if you shoot ammunition that uses Winchester "Ball" powder. I was sent to the Beretta Armour school when our LEO department switched over to Beretta M-94.
The chief instructor informed us of a Eastern seaboard state police agency that started to have misfires, due to light primer hits, with their Berettas. This first showed up with their SWAT teams who fire a lot more rounds in practice then the regular patrol officers. later some patrol officers started to have misfires who had a habit of practice firing on their own over the average officer.
That Dept. used Winchester brand 40 S&W ammo that is loaded with Winchester ball powder and Hoppe's #9 solvent for cleaning. After months of research, they learned from the Army Marksmanship Unit that Winchester ball powder and Hoppe's #9 forms a chemical reaction that causes a hard carbon buildup in the firing pin chamber of their semi auto pistols. This carbon builds up on the shoulder of the firing pin chamber and interfers with the firing pin making full contact with the primers and resulting in light primer hits.
Take it for what it is worth, but I do not use Hoppe's #9 for my semi autos as my main reloading powder is Winchester-231. I will still use it for other weapons as I have always liked Hoppe's #9
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Just some information for you guys that use Hoppe's #9 with your centerfire pistols. I would discourage you from using Hoppe's #9 if you shoot ammunition that uses Winchester "Ball" powder. I was sent to the Beretta Armour school when our LEO department switched over to Beretta M-94.
The chief instructor informed us of a Eastern seaboard state police agency that started to have misfires, due to light primer hits, with their Berettas. This first showed up with their SWAT teams who fire a lot more rounds in practice then the regular patrol officers. later some patrol officers started to have misfires who had a habit of practice firing on their own over the average officer.
That Dept. used Winchester brand 40 S&W ammo that is loaded with Winchester ball powder and Hoppe's #9 solvent for cleaning. After months of research, they learned from the Army Marksmanship Unit that Winchester ball powder and Hoppe's #9 forms a chemical reaction that causes a hard carbon buildup in the firing pin chamber of their semi auto pistols. This carbon builds up on the shoulder of the firing pin chamber and interfers with the firing pin making full contact with the primers and resulting in light primer hits.
Take it for what it is worth, but I do not use Hoppe's #9 for my semi autos as my main reloading powder is Winchester-231. I will still use it for other weapons as I have always liked Hoppe's #9
So an oil/solvent and burnt powder can build up and interfere with the workings of your firearm if not cleaned out properly? I'm glad they did months of research to let us laymen know that...
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Its funny you brought this up.
I usually use hoppes #9 solvent but accidentally got the bore cleaner yesterday. I was wondering myself, what the difference was and if it was safe to use it as I would the solvent.
Ive never had any problems with the solvent getting on my polymer frames and causing any trouble
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Whenever I clean a gun I've always just used the Hoppe's #9. It's what my grand-dad taught me to use and it's amazing how some scents can just bring back some good memories. That being said, I hope it doesn't foul up my new LC9... I've already cleaned it once... I guess a guy should eventually learn to read the instructions first, huh?
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I have used #9 on all my pistols, Glocks ,rugers, sw, beretta. I don't soak them in it. I'm a q-tip guy or brush the barrel out. Then rem. oil.
never seen any marks.
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Is Hoppes No 9 bore cleaner safe for Ruger LCR 22 LR.

Yes.
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Welcome from Australia mate.
Glad to have you on board, nice folk here and lots of good info.
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I certainly hoppes so, it's all I use.
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Don't think you could go wrong using hoppes#9
Been using it since the 90s
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Hoppe's original is all I've ever used on my SR9c going on 4 years...and I always clean out the striker chamber/pin every outing because all my handloads are with Win ball powder.
Have had zero problems...just wipe all surfaces when done.
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it is apparent that you have not disassembled a Beretta M-94. Patrol officers are discouraged from removing the firing pin due to possible lost of small parts, pins, and springs. It is not as easy as the model Colt 1911.

One of the reasons that Beretta was conducting Armour schools and it is the job of a dept. armour to fully strip down the weapon for small detail cleaning.

I am glad my dept. finally got away from everyone using the Beretta and allowing us to go back to our 1911s.
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