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Old 10-04-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Anyone ever use ED's Red to clean

There is a concoction that seems to have a folowing called ED's Red which is ATF,naptha,kerosene, and a few other ingredients that users claim is fantastic for cleaning their guns.. Google it fr more info .Anyone have any experience with this ??

I was thinking of using some in an ultrasonic cleaner..
I will make large batches for a cleanng soloution rather cheaply

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Old 10-04-2012, 01:47 PM   #2
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Yeah, I got the recipe from ARfcom and that's all I use to clean my AR15 and my Sig 2022.

I don't really have anything to compare it to, but it seems to do a fine job. You'll actually be shocked by how much you have to spend initially to accumulate all of the ingredients. But the payoff is that then you have a multi year supply.
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Don't know about that stuff. I use Safari Charlie gun lube. Found some at a gun show and tried it. Its the only thing I use now. After reading the recipe for this there is no way I would use it on my weapons.

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Just don't burn your house down using it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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I use Ed's Red, and find that it works very well. Be sure to use it in well ventilated area, as it has rather strong volatile organic fumes due to the ingredients. Be sure to follow the recipe and what it calls for, and I recommend using nitrile or rubber gloves when mixing and using. Be careful about soaking polymer frames in the solution for long periods of time if you use acetone in the mixture, and don't get it on wood stocks. There was a study done comparing Ed's Red and other common weapons cleaners/lubricants, etc. Ed's Red had very good performance in this detailed study:

Interesting read about gun cleaning - Forums

Here are some other good articles on Ed's Red:

Ed's Red (Home-Made Bore Cleaner))

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never heard of it 'til this post.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:17 AM   #7
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When I spoke to Ed Harris last, he mentioned that he had worked a deal with Brownell's to commercially produce Ed's Red.

Same stuff, manufactured to Ed's standards. So if you don't want to mix it yourself or want to try it before mixing up a batch here you go.

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Heard of it but never used it. Seems to be very popular with many folks. I am using Hoppes Elite gun cleaner. Works good and no strong smell like Hoppes #9. I now use Hoppes #9 for cologne.
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I use Ed's Red on all surfaces w/exception of the bore in which I use Hoppe's #9. Works
well especially considering the cost savings.
To cut down on solvent use I clean all the areas I can reach w/a paper type shop towel.
Then using Q-Tips I clean the inside of the slide and frame areas w/plastic safe Gun-
Scrubber. The I go on to use Q-Tips & Break Free to lube all areas.
The bore gets the Gun Scrubber first thing. Then some Hoppe's, a brushing, then a bit
more Gun Scrubber on a patch. When dry I use Break Free as lube. A bit of RIG grease
on high wear areas and I'm done. Thanks
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