I have been a # 9 user most of my adult life. The other day there was a e-mail/news article that said that Hoppes had changed the formula and that it no longer requires a hazmat sticker and that it is no longer flammable. It'll probably bring the price down significantly. Yeah right!
Fell in love with that stuff when, as a kid of about 10, I spilled it on the living room rug. I try to buy it by the quart, usually when Midway has it on sale. It used to smell like bananas to me (so did the rug). ;-)
Got home from my Marine Corps tour of Vietnam 67/68 as a Scout Sniper 3/9/3. I was on leave from Camp Pendleton and working on my varmint rifles in the family garage and of course I was using Hoppes #9 when my mom came out of the kitchen and said how she missed the smell of Hoppes while I was gone.
Hoppes#9 should be in the trapshooting HOF. It's a part of trapshooting's history. I always said, if you bottled it as a woman's perfume, women would have men follow them like the pied pipper. The smell brings back great memories of a time of days gone by to me.
Memories from my youth, early 60's. My dads Stevens 22 rifle and having to make a box of 50 rounds last all day! Paper shot shells and of course, the smell of Hoopes #9. Still love those smells and memories of pheasant hunts with my dad and his friends.
Hoppes #9 formula changed some time ago; at least a year ago as I recall. Ammonia was removed so it does not dissolve copper as well as old formula. I still use it on shotguns (I like the smell too) but have changed to Wipe Out for rifle/pistol barrels with copper in them. By the way, my wife says "real men smell like Hoppes.