Cleaning your guns using Automatic Transmission fluid?

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  1. DHB

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    I heard this worked very well so I filled a small pan with enough fluid to fully submerge the very dirty barrel from my Colt Commander. I have always had a lot of problems getting all of the powder and copper residue out from around the rifling grooves on this barrel. This still held true when using Hoppes #9 and brass bore brushes. I tried the ATF route and left the barrel completely submerged for about 2 full days. I used a nylon bore brush for just a couple of strokes to remove anything that was loose and that was it. After running 3 or 4 dry patches through the barrel I have to say it did a really good job cleaning that barrel and made that bore really shine.

    Anyone else have any similar experiences or know if there is any reason not to do this?

     
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    ATF is one of the ingredients for "Ed's Red". I don't see it posing a problem for the steel parts. Not sure how it will react to the plastic.
     
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    I learn something new on this forum everyday. HEHE. :D
     
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    Hey, I guess I learned something new today!
     
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    Here is the concoction -

    http://www.building-tux.com/dsmjd/tech/eds_red.htm

    No, I am not the Ed referred to.

    I do however question the contact of skin and
    transmission fluid. I also have been told that the
    two should have very little contact with each other.

    Ed
     
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    ATF has very high concentrations of detergents along with the solvent action of the oil base. No reason for it not to do a good job as a cleaner. But, as Ed said, limit or avoid contact with your body some of the ingredients are harmful if absorbed through the skin.
     
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    tranny fluid at most might dry up your skin a little.
    I have been a mechanic for 6 years now and have never
    had a prob with it.
     
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    I have also been a mechanic, for 26 yrs now. I ALWAYS wear nitrile gloves whenever possible. From oil change to tranny overhaul, wear the gloves. Now i use them when cleaning my guns. You can pick up a box of 100 for under $10. (And please dispose of the used tranny fluid properly :wink: )
     
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    Hey mechanics, aren't there some plastic parts inside some transmissions? I have used ed's red for 2 years now and I am perfectly happy with the results and cost! I also wear gloves, extra thick latex, They are stronger and are reusable. Your hands don't smell of solvents and lubes all day if you have gloves!
     
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    Good advice, jeepguy...! :wink:

     

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