As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
This was the original Dr. Hudson formula of the 1920's for smokeless powder cleaning of firearms. It was both a solvent and lubricant.
To make 1/2 gallon
Amyl Acetate - 90 cc or 6 parts......3 ounces
Acetone - 285 cc or 19 parts.....10 ounces
Spirit of Turpentine - 285 cc or 19 parts.....10 ounces
Sperm Oil - 870 cc or 58 parts.....30 ounces
Pratt's Astral Oil - 390 cc or 26 parts....14 ounces
That adds up to 67 ounces or a fat half gallon as a half gallon is 64 ounces
Astral oil is acid free kerosene, Sperm oil is dewaxed oil. Acetone is a solvent.
There are always infamous formulas, like Hoppe's #9 which is a perfume to shooters, but the basics of all are simply a non acid kerosene as a formula needs to wash a barrel and not coat it.
The original Hoppes formula as broken down by the United States Military Chemical Labs was,
Oleic Acid 16 ounces
Neutral Saponifiable Oil 24 ounces
Nitro Benzine 6 ounces
Light Mineral Oil, kerosene and Amyl Acetate 54 ounces.
The last should break down on Dr. Hudson's formulation most probably in the Amyl being 1/4 to the kerosene 3/4's.
Benzine is an aromatic and solvent. The Saponiable oil means an oil which can convert into a soap, yes an oil that will make soap to wash you, not a petroleum oil. The Oleic is the primary acid in vegetable oils, and that is why it is called Oleo Margarine.
Some interchange due to price, but the more than average person is not going to use up a half gallon of cleaner in two lifetimes. I have a quart of Hoppes that I utilize as I like the aroma, which is still up to the shoulder of the jar, and that has been that way for a very long time.
Yes I have several formulas which I probably would love to market, but have not the money, resources nor access, and they will indeed surpass the pretenders. Their time is coming though, but until then this is the original which no one has improved upon....and for those who think WD 40 is a wonder, all that is, is perfumed aerosol kerosene.
The Frankford Arsenal #18 Gun Cleaner was:
Acetone 1 part
Kerosene 1 part
Dewaxed Oil 1 part
Turpentine 1 part
For every 800 cc's or 28 ounces of this add 250 grams or 1/2 pound of lanolin, which is a polar material in being able to adhere to water soluble substances like salt and water which causes rust.
According to Col. Hatcher of Frankford, this is something like the Imperial Japanese formula they used in World War II, which the American GI's thought was superior to that "Standard Oil" lubricant which came in those little green cans for an ammo belt.
There was also a Gun Soap listed, which has me pondering as dry soap used to have phosphates in them for cleaning, unlike modern detergents, but I include this interesting formula.
Dry soap, soluble in alcohol 43 ounces
Mineral oil 44 ounces
Water and Amyl Alcohol 13 ounces
The Amyl is an organic solvent, and in this interesting mix the ingredients combine as both cleanser and lubricant.
Turkey Red Oil
Yes I make notes to myself as reminders to me, as it is my blog. Turkey Red Oil was part of a basic original gun cleaning formula which Frankford analyzed.
Nothing has really been improved upon in over 100 years of technology from Rem Oil which is basically acetone with lubricated metal.
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