Cleaning a Ported Revolver


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StopTheGrays
November 17, 2004, 03:40 PM
I have two Taurus revolvers with ported barrels (a snubby .45LC ultra lite and a .480 Raging Bull). I cannot seem to remove the all of the residue(?) that shows up outside the ports after a day at the range. I used Gibbs and the Outers gun cleaning solvent and brushed the crap out of it and I cannot get it back to a "like new" condition. Anyone know of a sure fire way to solve this problem?

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PinnedAndRecessed
November 17, 2004, 03:57 PM
I'm not familiar with these models. Are they stainless? If so, are you wanting to restore them to the pristine appearance as before they were fired?

If yes, get something called Flitz and find some way to polish the ported areas. That's how I returned a stainless piece to PFC (pre-fired condition) before I traded it.

(Note: I'm not an expert, although I pretend to be one sometimes. :) )

Black Snowman
November 17, 2004, 04:08 PM
Probably carbon fouling. You might try some Slip2000 Carbon Cleaner (http://www.slip2000.com/). The people who have tried it have raved about it here in another thread. I haven't tried it myself.

Piney
November 17, 2004, 06:29 PM
I just use Hoppe's and a toothbrush on mine. Works ok for me.

Standing Wolf
November 17, 2004, 07:48 PM
Several easy tricks:

1. Soak the muzzle in a jar of Hoppe's No. 9 while you clean the cylinder.

2. Soak a length of string in solvent, push it through the port, and pull it back and forth, back and forth a few times.

3. Pipe cleaners work well, but have wire cores, so you'll need to exercise caution.

4. Nylon-bristled brushes won't mar the finish on the barrel, but don't attack lead and/or crud as quickly as bronze-bristled brushes; the latter tend to leave behind copper deposits, which can be rubbed off with ordinary cleaning patches soaked in most cleaning solvents.

mattz357
November 17, 2004, 08:43 PM
I have heard people say that bronze brushes work, but go to the plumbing department of a hardware store and buy a two pack stainless and brass brushes for the same price. Brass is perfect because it's not so hard that it will scratch, but it's much stiffer than nylon. Use the stainless brush elsewhere, but I wouldn't use it on a gun. While you're at the hardware store, buy a bottle of Simple Green cleaner. I got this tip off of an AGI video and it works GREAT!!!

StopTheGrays
November 18, 2004, 11:08 AM
Thank you for the suggestions. I will post again after I try a few of them.

dmftoy1
November 18, 2004, 03:22 PM
If it's a stainless gun I've had really good luck with Hoppes or Lee's "Lead Remover Cloth". I cut a small piece, rub it 1 or 2 times and it looks like brand new. I don't know if it would affect a blued finish though.

Regards,
Dave

Standing Wolf
November 18, 2004, 06:29 PM
If it's a stainless gun I've had really good luck with Hoppes or Lee's "Lead Remover Cloth". I cut a small piece, rub it 1 or 2 times and it looks like brand new. I don't know if it would affect a blued finish though.

Use it only on blued guns you really, really hate.

stv
November 18, 2004, 06:31 PM
Pencil eraser!

sm
November 18, 2004, 06:35 PM
Granted I bow to Standing Wolf and his suggestions.
I do however have an easier method.

I hand it back to the person that owns it. :D

I like simple.

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