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Re: Heavily leaded 45-70

Posted by Tony Beck on Thursday, 1 June 2017, at 6:28 p.m., in response to Re: Heavily leaded 45-70, posted by Ken on Thursday, 1 June 2017, at 8:27 a.m.

Here's how to make a foul-out. This one uses a power supply. I also have a scan of how to do it with batteries. If your barrel is really leaded, it will take a lot of batteries. Drop me an e-mail and I'll send it. t_cbeck(at)att(dot)net

Lead Remover - Parts and Equipment

Small DC Power Supply that goes from 0 to about 12V and has a meter to read current (milliamps)

diameter (approximately) steel rod, longer than your barrel. Alloy isnt important

4 feet or so of 2 conductor lamp wire

2 alligator clips

Rubber cork that seals up the barrel end

Some O Rings to go around the rod (usually available from a HW or car parts store)

Electrolyte: 25% White Vinegar, 25% Ammonia, 50% distilled water


Place a few o-rings on the rod to prevent it from shorting to the barrel. These should be smaller than the bore diameter to allow electrolyte to circulate and gas to vent out.

Plug the bottom of the barrel with the rubber cork

Drop the rod down the barrel

Fill the barrel with electrolyte to within about inch of the top.

Connect the V output of the power supply to rod and the +V output to the barrel or receiver.

Turn on the power supply and adjust the output current to something between and amp (250 to 500 mA). Voltage is not important, but if you cant get the current up over 100 mA without going over 12V, your barrel is pretty clean to start with.

The barrel will bubble quite vigorously if it's really fouled. If you filled the barrel to the top with electrolyte it will overflow and make a mess. It's not a bad idea to wrap a rag around the outside of the muzzle and secure it with a couple rubber bands.

As the lead comes out, the current will fall off. Once its down to 50 mA or so take everything apart and clean the barrel normally. If its still leaded, clean it with an alcohol patch and brass brush, clean the sludge off the rod, then repeat the electrolysis.

I once did a Whitney Kennedy that produced enough lead to make a 22 cal. bullet. It took about 4 clean and repeat cycles over a week. Once done, it shot great!


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