Hoppe's No. 9

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by nvshooter, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. nvshooter

    nvshooter
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    I have had a half-full bottle of No. 9 on the windowsill in my kitchen for many, many months. The window is on the north side of my home, so it doesn't get a lot of sun. Just for giggles, I opened the bottle yesterday (July 22) after it having set there for maybe as long as two years. The bottom of the plastic bottle had become soft, because it crumpled when I attempted to remove the cap. I saw fluffy sediment in the fluid. Once I got the top off I saw a crusty, light tan-colored coating in the neck of the bottle. I don't remember if I took a sniff; I decided to throw the stuff away when I saw the crusty stuff in the bottle's neck.

    Has anybody ever seen No. 9 do what mine did? I obviously do not shoot very much, else I would have consumed the bottle long ago. Maybe I should not have put it where the sun wouldn't get to it. It's in a brown bottle (as is beer), so I figgered that would have protected the quality of the product. I think I'll buy a tin of paste bore cleaner after this, if such a thing exists.

    EDIT: Yes, paste-type cleaners do exist. One of the best is said to be J-B Non-embedding Bore Cleaner. I read a few reviews of it; seems to be the stuff to get. I'll get a tub when I go back to Scheels tomorrow to exchange the scope I bought today. I got the brand and zoom ratio I wanted; the knock-out salesbird gave me one with a simple v-plex reticule when I wanted one with a hashmarked reticule to aid in holdover. I should have looked at the description on the box when she gave it to me.

    Now I have to spend $10 in gas, drive 60 miles and take upwards of two hours to correct the mistake. It's going to be in the upper 90s tomorrow, and I usually do not use the A/C in my car because we have such low humidity here. I made the trip today in a retired friend's car; he wanted to go with me to have something to fill his day. He has a Honda Accord with an A/C that works very well, so we rode in coolness. Won't be that way, tomorrow...
     
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  2. ma96782

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    Bought a new bottle of #9 and the plastic had collapsed a bit. Contents was fine. I guess the old fashion glass bottle is to fragile or too expensive.

    But, if you're worried about the contents in your bottle.....go clean some guns. Then again, you could always dilute it with more of the fresh stuff.

    Just a thought......as I have no proof that it will actually work.:eek:

    Aloha, Mark
     
  3. nvshooter

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    Went and bought a five-ounce bottle of the stuff ($5.97 at a local ranch & home store; $2.97 at Walmart) a few days after the original post was written. I went with the smaller bottle because at $76.03 per gallon before the County sales tax, we want to avoid having it "go bad" again.
     
  4. dangerranger

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    I personally have never had any go bad. I have some that belonged to my Grandfather [ He died in 67] that still looks and smells fine. Obviously its in a glass bottle. So maybe its just the plastic that deteriorates. DR
     
  5. nvshooter

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    Possible. The bottle was exposed to sunlight for a long time, albeit the light was not direct. I've since consumed the small bottle and will place the next one entirely out of any sunlight during storage. What I wish would happen is that GM Vehicle Care's Top Engine Cleaner would be made again. My original gunsmith from 2005 said it was the best stuff for cleaning guns. It's been out of production for over ten years, now. More like twelve. I have to ask, "What do GM dealerships use today to internally-clean an engine? Why can't we use that?" It's got to be pretty much the same stuff just more "environmentally-friendly," to use the tree-huggers' drivel...
     

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