I bought all the ingredients to make Ed's Red Bore Cleaner; a home brew bore cleaner/solvent.http://www.handloads.com/articles/default.asp?id=9
The basic recipe is:
1 part Dexron II, IIe or III ATF (basic automatic transmission oil).
1 part Kerosene - deodorized, K1 (the stuff you'd get for an indoor kerosene heater)
1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits
1 part Acetone
(Optional up to 1 lb. of Lanolin, Anhydrous, USP per gallon, OK to substitute Lanolin, Modified, Topical Lubricant, from the drug store)
The ingredient that was the hardest to find? The lanolin, which I finally found in the breastfeeding section of my local CVS pharmacy. I had to ask for help. No, the clerk didn't ask any questions and I didn't offer any answers.
The first two ingredients (the AT fluid and the K-1, in equal parts) supposedly makes a very effective gun oil.
The upfront cost for this recipe is considerably more than a small container of Hoppes #9 and Remington gun oil, but I now have a multi-year cache (if not a lifetime supply) of gun cleaning and lubricating supplies. Plus, I like the idea of learning how to make this stuff myself. In a SHTF situation, knowing homebrew substitutes for specialty products is part of my preparedness philosophy.
I have a PSA 16" Wylde 223/5.56 chamber stainless steel AR15 upper scheduled to be delivered this week, and the break in regimen for a stainless steel barrels involves frequent cleaning of the bore for the first 50-100 rounds. I'll let you know how this stuff works.