I have been accumulating guns for over 50 years. I have never had a nickel plated gun. I have aquired a couple of SSAs in the last few years. I saw a nickel one recently and was tempted. I shoot all of my guns and clean them with Hoppe's #9 and then oil them with Breakfree. I have heard that Hoppe's is very bad for nickel. So I worry that I might inadvertently get some on a nickel gun, even if there is a little hoppe's on my cleaning mat or rag. I also wonder how durable the nickel Colt uses is, I have seen some old nickel guns that look very good and some that look awful. Of course, I can say the same about blued guns. I am just wondering if this is something that will cause me a lot of extra work and if it is worth the effort. Any thoughts or experiences would be welcome. Thanks.