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Vinegar to clean chokes?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by radeck, Feb 19, 2011.

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  1. radeck

    radeck Member

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    Anyone use vinegar to clean choke tubes? Tried it on one of mine. Seems to have removed grease and powder residue from the threads pretty well. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Ahab

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    Unless they are stainless steel ... vinegar will slowly eat up your chokes!
     
  3. Unknown1

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    "Dawn" and a toothbrush will do the same thing. Why is there powder residue in the threads?

    MK
     
  4. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    who cares about a little powder residue....I cannot imagine that Vinegar will touch melted plastic wad material....
     
  5. Danny B

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    Vinegar????? you will end up with "Pickled chokes"
     
  6. Unsingle

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    Frenchy has passed and is dearly missed but his barrel cleaner formula must still be out there. Does anyone know his secret?
     
  7. Mark425

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    Standard bore brush on a drill.....clean as a whistle, no plastic left. Best part no messy stinky chemicals. Threads ....a stiff tooth brush.
     
  8. radeck

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    Thanks everyone. Best leave the vinegar to the showerheads, :)
     
  9. Chango2

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    Even AHAB didn't "go there" re. Vinegar on this one...but why not use acetone which is cheap and dissolves plastic easily?

    Congrats re. the self-control, AHAB!!!
     
  10. 338reddog

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    Make up some ED's Red, its great for removing powder and plastic. Plus fairly cheap to make a gallon.
     
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    Wasn't there a thread on here recently about someone who soaked a gun in vinegar and it rusted completely....destroyed it? Best Regards, Ed
     
  12. porky

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    Acetone doesn't melt plastic. Nothing does if I remember right.
     
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    Vinegar is very dilute acetic acid. pH less than 7.

    Ed's Red or straight acetone is probably more effective for cleaning choke tubes.
     
  14. Setterman

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    Hoppe's on a brass brush in a drill motor works best. Leave the choke in the gun and clean with the bore. Then take it out and wipe down the entire choke with Rem oil and put it back in the gun.
     
  15. Chango2

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    Plastic and acetone: I note that most plastic does not "like" acetone. Acetone will even remove enamel paint from a sign, but it takes a while.

    I also note that some skeet shooters ask that the clubhouse stock acetone that is de-odorized for some kind of cosmetic use. Beats me.
     
  16. wolfram

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    Mineral Spirits.

    Removes plastic fouling quickly and is less volatile than acetone which makes it is a bit less hazardous to handle and use than acetone. Don't have any mineral spirits laying around? try charcoal starter fluid ... mostly mineral spirits. Don't get any of these solvents on your gunstock finish.
     
  17. Jaffrey Guy

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    GET-IT-DONE is correct.
    Rather than argue, try to dissolve any plastic in any solvent.
    Just ask any chemist! Yes, even chemists shoot trap.
    But vinegar is really bad as it is adjusted to be 5% acetic acid, which is really a weak acid but no friend to metals.
    With an expensive gun, why try cheap solvents?
     
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