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Re: barrel cleaning

Posted by Larry Sunday on Tuesday, 29 September 2009, at 11:29 p.m., in response to Re: barrel cleaning, posted by Ernie Brandt on Tuesday, 29 September 2009, at 7:46 p.m.

Hello Ernie, cleaning of guns is a never ending story. I compare the bores to an old cast iron skillet (bare with me on this). Have you ever put an old skillet in the dishwasher to "really get it clean"? And then it will not cook worth a darn after it comes out? Well I think that happens a lot with guns. Not the diswasher senario but overcleaning... People are obsessed with cleaning the bore. Sometimes even to the point of ruining the crown, rifleing or worse. Getting back to the "skillet effect" as I will call it. If a skillet was cleaned to much my Grandmother used to say "that skillet has lost its season and food will stick". I think this can happen with bullets in rifle barrels that are overcleaned. They will stick to the bore smearing all the way. Some of the solvents on the market today I believe actually etch the bore. I stick with Hoppe's #9 and have excellent results. With black powder I use a water base cleaner, my own home brew... to clean first, then after throughly drying Hose the bore with Hoppe's and turn the rifle muzzle down on a soft white rag for a couple of days and see what shows up. Don't use the wife's good towels or the penalty is extreme. As long as you have no leading you are doing the right stuff! I have no leading, pristine bores and good groups. Could be better but my fault, nervs and eyes! Later, Larry PS if you run a patch through a couple weeks later you Still get a little discoloration on the patch...


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