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I've got a 1911 in nickel and never had much an issue on cleaning it.Today I got a nickel Python (along with my 4in Anaconda 45) and it needs cleaned.Somewhere I read that you don't use Hoppe's No.9 on nickel guns.Can anyone enlighten me on what to use on a nickel Python?I'd sure hate to mess up a perfectly good gun finish.
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Use Flitz and only Flitz. We'll find some at the Tulsa Gun Show. It's all I use and would not consider using anything else.
 

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Ok thanks Keven.If I can wait that long,,he he.I'll probably go to Dong's and get some before that.Two weeks is too long to wait when you got a new toy and there's a gun range 2 miles down the road.I'll probably be plinking this weekend.I got maybe 1,000 rds of 38 and 357 waiting to be shot up so I can do it again.Not that I'll use that much on a Python.I have a only shooter Smith 27 that I'm trying to wear out,and also a Ruger BlackHawk I haven't shot yet either.Probably by this weekend I'll have a Officers Model Target too...I never shot one of them either.I only got it cause I wanted to know what was the big deal about these guns and their ugly front sights.
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Ace Hardware,,,neat,,,yeah Tulsa's got a few of em around.I'll start looking between now and this weekend,Thanks.
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I've used FLITZ also, with pretty good results. Be careful using it on blued guns.
 

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I too have used 'Flitz' for years and still a tube or two around, but I was put onto 'Mothers Mag & Aluminum' by the guys over at the bike shop (both who have been collecting BIG time for years,Colts & S&W) and I tried it out and it is 'awesome' stuff. Cheaper than 'Flitz' too.
As said above, the 'Flitz' can be harsh on 'blued' guns and I was told there is more 'abrasive' in it.
 

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Another question on cleaning a nickel revolver...How about the inside where the action is?On blue guns I spray Break Free inside and let it drip out,usually lots of it,,not every time I clean a revolver but maybe after a couple trips to the range and I feel like it feels diferently.
My 1911 takes apart so easily I never felt it was an issue,,besides it's a renickeled gun,and has pits on the slide grips.One thing I learned on nickel,and this is why my 1911 was redone....I had it in a brown sack to be hidden,brown sack got wet and the chemicals in the brown paper pitted the beautifull gun.It was saved,except the part where the plater couldnt get the grips on the slide,,,shooter gun now.Seven or eight hundred dollar gun now maybe a $400 or less gun....So sad,but true.
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Just my two cents worth.....Hoppes or other similar cleaning agents will NOT automatically damage a nickel-plated gun. I have used Hoppes for cleaning nickel guns for years. The critical point is to NEVER soak a nickel gun in Hoppes. I always spray it of with brake cleaner and wipe the gun down with soft T-shirt cloth.

Flitz is more for polishing than cleaning and is very good on nickel guns which might have light scuffs or hairline scratches. Just don't be aggressive with your rubbing or do it frequently since you can wear through the finish. Flitz also makes a wax that you can apply after polish.

The important thing is to cause no harm and have fun! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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Talked to a friend who was an ordinace specialist (or something like that) in the Navy and he's kinda ate up with guns.But he has a class 3 license so I don't argue.He told me that the only cleaner that will hurt nickle is Sweets,or something like that.It gets into the pores of the nickel and actually delaminates the nickel.He also said you can go to an auto parts shop and get break cleaner for about 1/3 the price of Break Free and it works,it just don't have any lubrication in it.A good oil is Sewing machine oil,like Singer,,not 3 in 1.And get this,,the best oil you can use on gun parts is watch oil,imagine that.I'm a watch repairman and railroad watch collector from way back and have loads of old whale oil.I don't use it because I use only Molibius oil on watches and it can run you about $10 a container about the size of a pencil an inch long,but you can pick up old watch oil off eBay pretty cheap,the old Elgin stuff,etc.You use the oil after the break cleaner and you're good to go.I guess it just depends on how well oiled you want your gun to be...One more thing,stay away from WD-40 on guns or you'll have a rusted up gun if it's put up for a few monthes and conditions are just right for it to start rusting.Just my 2-cents and I'm sure all is open to discussion.
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I've been using brake cleaner from auto parts stores for a couple of years now, with good results. I buy the stuff in quantity when it's on sale. I come from a family of watch makers, and have all sorts of clock / watch equipment around the house. I've been known to use my L&R ultrasonic cleaner on smaller pistols and revolvers. I was told by a retired LEO that frequent use can weaken the firing pin, so I only use this when I have a real hog on my hands.

Regarding WD40, it removes rust and blueing is a form of rust, so don't use it. period.

If you're out in cold weather, try white lithium grease. It can withstand the cold, and stays put.

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If you can find Lubra-Plate it is good for internals.You just have to open up the gun to apply it.The manual for the M1 Garrand says to use the equilivant of it.It's just not called Lubra-Plate,called the military name which I forgot.In my machine shop we use it on the centers for our grinders.Really amazeing stuff.On a M1 Garrand you put it on the slides and ramps.I would suppose you could use it on a Python and the pivots use watch oil.Someday soon I will open up one of my Pythons and do this.I'm just afraid of opening up a bag of worms and not know where what went to what,not to mention buggering up the screws.When I started watches I went after the cheap watches to learn on,,probably do the same with these Pythons.Get me something close that is cheap and go for it,,heck you might be talking to the next Python gunsmith,,,he he.I know I can time a watch in any position and replace any part.I'm also the unofficial indicator repairman in our machine shop....Do you think Colt would sell me parts for a Python?I know Rolex wont sell parts outside of their own people,why it cost $250 to just clean a Rolex,and have to send it to New York.
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