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Old December 18th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #1
 
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cleaning the Carbon rings matter inside cylinder?

I just shot about 80 rounds of .38 FMJ and .38+P JHP through my new SP101. Great little shooter...fairly new to Revolvers. I cleaned the gun up pretty good including getting rid of the carbon rings on the cylinders face. I was told not to use a "oil" based cleaner in the chambers.. I ran the copper brush through several times each chamber, then ran some patches using a mild non oil based cleaner. Got the chambers fairly clean but still see plenty of carbon rings where the bullet would leave the case. Is this normal?
I could polish this area using a stainless steel cleaning cloth called "Never Dull" wadding polish. I could attach some to my my cordless drill......? Is it posible to get the chambers too smooth so that the bullets dont seat properly under pressure? I would only polish that area I guess.....or should i just live with the rings?



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Old December 18th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #2
 
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I took a .204 case and cut the shoulder off with a sander or file. Then I took the reamer and put a sharp edge on the mouth. Then took the exspander ball to expand the mouth for a tight fit in the cylinder. Cleans out almost all the carbon. Gene'o







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I do basically the same as Geno, only using a fired .357 case. Cleans the "crud ring" right out and makes cleaning a LOT easier!

You MOST CERTAINLY DO have to clean the "crud ring" out of a .357 chamber after firing .38. The problem is that, if not cleaned out, the ring can, over time, constrict the end of the chamber enough that either you can't chamber a .357 round or (I have read but have never experienced) it can get so bad that it acts as a partial chamber obstruction when .357 is fired, allegedly raising pressures enough to be unsafe. Not to mention that it makes extracting fired .357 cases harder than it has to be.

As for not using oil-based cleaners, I've never heard that before. I use Hoppes #9 exclusively nowadays for cleaning since the wife likes the smell and won't hassle me for cleaning guns in the house. Just make sure that you dry the chambers with dry patches before chambering live ammo.

I'd definately avoid polishing the chambers with anything, let alone a power tool. Use something like a .40 brush in the chamber for a tight fit, spin it in the chambers by hand and you will get them as clean as they need to be. Burn marks aren't a problem but built-up powder, lead and jacket fouling IS a problem. Just go slow and avoid any power tools and you should be OK.

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Very clever guys...I've been shooting .357/.38 Spl for 40 years and never thought of that. A bronze brush with a little nylon scrub wound around the bristles works well too. Rodfac
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Thanks guys.....I will get to work on those rings tonight.
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GC221 - Lead Away Gun Cloth

This takes flash rings off revolver cylinders like magic. It comes in patches as well. Bill T.
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I have used a bronze brush at SLOW speed in an electric drill along with Hoppe's for years to good effect.

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Just as an introduction, I am a newer shooter (2-1/2 years), all Rugers, LCR 38 +P, SP-101 3" SS, GP100 4" SS, and ... a new model Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum, blued with a 7-1/2" barrel. All have Hogue grips. CCWs in Ohio and PA.

To BillT:

Is CG221 similar to Birchwood Casey Lead Remover Cloth?

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Just as an introduction, I am a newer shooter (2-1/2 years), all Rugers, LCR 38 +P, SP-101 3" SS, GP100 4" SS, and ... a new model Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum, blued with a 7-1/2" barrel. All have Hogue grips. CCWs in Ohio and PA.

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Is CG221 similar to Birchwood Casey Lead Remover Cloth?

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Yes, both products are very similar. Bill T.
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They also make bronze brushes designed specifically for cleaning revolver chambers. Personally, I would try that before breaking out the power tools, but I have never seen the need for power tools when it comes to firearm maintenance, that's the type of "cleaning" that does more harm than good.

BRONZE RIFLE/PISTOL CHAMBER BRUSHES - Brownells
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