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 Post subject: Re: How to really, really clean pistol barrel?

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I have some pieces which have been owned by my father, more than 40 years old. The .22s among them have been shot quite a lot, usually cheap lead ammo. The barrels are spotless, and they have always been cleaned after each shooting, only with cotton wool and Ballistol, until a clean swab came out. I am sure more aggressive measures would demonstrate that they are not "really" clean, but to what point?

It seems to me that in cleaning a barrel there is some tradeoff between accuracy and lifetime. Most of us, I think, should tilt toward the gentle side. Those who can put ten rounds through the same hole should perhaps go the other way. And those who shoot very hot loads can choose why they need to change barrels.


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May be adding of luster / shine is the difference between these two products.


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@ SB Perhaps

@Newboy: Out of experience I can comfortably state that if you look very closely at the last swab you will discover that it will not come out to be 100% super clean. 0.001% will still have some gunk.

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Brothers, please understand that it is neither the solvent (of any kind) nor a lead remover cloth (of any kind) that can do the trick alone. The barrel is actually prepared by the brass or copper brush which physically removes the fouling, lead remover cloth does the rest. That day when MR and RC were around, I did not clean the barrels with brass brush but the guns had only fired 30 odd rounds that day and were not very dirty. I had given a thorough cleaning with brass brush during previous cleaning session.

BC lead remover cloth does a great job, specially after the fouling has been removed with a brass or copper brush. Never use it on blued areas as it would spoil the bluing or any other polished surface, for that matter. It is however completely safe to use it inside the barrel; no problem. It can not braise the barrel which is made of hardest steel.

I have noticed that most members are not convinced on using the brass bush. What is the reason?

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Always use the proper sized bore brush to clean your barrel.
It is the ONLY way to properly remove the powder and bullet fouling.
AND " NO " It Will not hurt your bore.
That is why Bore brushes wear out, they are soft compared to your barrel steel.

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I thought that Brass brush were really abrasive and may harm the barrel in the long run. I got convinced other wise when LAGS questioned that if a hard bullet travelling down the barrel at high speeds doesn't damage a barrel that much then how come rubbing from a brass brush can cause any damage.


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