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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:38 pm 
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Does anyone know all the different manufacturers of the WWII bore cleaner that we commonly see on ebay.

The ones I have so far are: American Oil, Banner, and SC Johnson & Son. I still have to get a Boyle and Curran. Any other makers?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:42 am 
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Popernack books and militaria has 2 oz bottles of the Curran Corp. Bore Cleaner for 8 dollars. I just saw it on their website. Hope that helps with your collection. www.popernack.com

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:10 pm 
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There were six "mainstream" manufacturers of rifle bore cleaner during WWII: Curran Corporation (Malden, Mass.); American Oil & Supply (Newark, New Jersey); Banner Manufacturing (NYC, New York); A.S. Boyle (Jersey City, NJ); S.C. Johnson & Son (Racine, WI); and Fidelity Manufacturing (Allentown, PA). All six of these made the bore cleaner in the 6oz. size; three of the six also made the 2oz. size (Curran, S.C. Johnson & Fidelity) and at least Curran, S.C. Johnson & Banner also made the quart size.

Bore cleaner formulas varied by manufacturer. Curran, S.C. Johnson, A.S. Boyle and Banner's 1944 contract (quart can) all used the cresylic acid / kerosene mix, which is dark brown and smells terrible. Banner's 1943 contract (6oz can) is milky white in color. American Oil & Supply is amber colored, thicker, and smells a little like turpentine. Fidelity Manufacturing made the post-war style kerosene-based cleaner. Regardless of formula, all met the military SPEC. RIXS-205, which changed later in the War to SPEC. USA 2-117.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:10 am 
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Wow! Talk about specialized knowledge! I'm impressed!! =D>

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