After trying lots of cleaning solvents over the years, here are a few that I really like and recommend: First is "Sweet's 7.62" - it is an aggressive cleaner which gets the job done fast and thoroughly. Next is "J-B Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound" (from Brownell) - a paste that I use once or twice a year depending on how much shooting I've done.
Here's something you might try to test this product: clean your rifle your usual way, then use J-B. You'll be surprised at how much fouling comes out of your tube. This is especially useful for older guns that have had years of build-up even though you think that you've been cleaning them well. "Break Free" is another good cleaner/lubricant/preservative. Finally, I like the synthetic lubricants like "Hoppe's Elite" as a final coat after cleaning.
Last edited by onehorse; 01-17-2009 at 11:27 AM.