March 28, 2006, 06:19 PM
Noted a thread a while back where some folks advocated paying more attention to cleaning the chamber.
I'll admit I've been pretty lax in that regard. Honestly though, I don't put that much shot down the tube of my turkey gun. Probably less than 10 shots each year. However, my 1100 (dove gun) has a higher yearly shell count.
Found a "Dewey "No Harm" Bronze Shotgun Brush 10 Gauge Bore or 12 Gauge Chamber 5/16 x 27 Male Thread" at MidWay for all of $1.99. I have a backorder with them, so I was thinking of tacking on a couple of these brushes.
Is there a better brush I might want to look for?
March 28, 2006, 07:25 PM
I clean my chambers occasionally. I don't think it is nearly as important on a shotgun as on a pistol. Can't hurt and doesn't take much time.
March 28, 2006, 08:08 PM
Here's what Brownell's offer in an actual chamber cleaning brush:
And for the more trendy:
March 28, 2006, 08:24 PM
I use a 10 ga bore brush on 12 ga chambers, a worn out 12 or a new 16 on a 20, and so on.
One old section of cleaning rod and your drill motor make life a lot easier....
March 28, 2006, 09:38 PM
10 gauge brush on the handle portion of an old cleaning rod here also. Great, works good in conjunction with wooden dowel wrapped with 4/0 steel wool and chucked into my cordless drill.
March 29, 2006, 12:55 AM
I normally use the "next gauge larger" brush when cleaning shotguns. Spray solvent in the barrel first. It will clean the chamber as well as the bore with no problems. With shotguns the chamber is more prone to rusting than the bore. This can cause extraction problems. When cleaning a 410 I use a 45 cal brush. Don't reverse the brush in the bore, push it all the way through. Reversing bends the bristals and ruins the brush.
March 29, 2006, 11:18 AM
Most problems are due to feeding and extraction.
So I and others concern ourselves with Chambers, and Extraction.
Plastic hulls leave a dry, gritty, residue that builds up in chambers. Add the poorer quality of shell bases not being made of brass we see of more recent manufacture, instead of inferior metals , inferior to cheap beer cans even, further adding being out of spec...
Shotshell has to feed into chamber - everytime, Shotshell upon firing, has to extract everytime, no matter the action type.
Paper hull shotshells with the wax coating - did NOT leave a dry gritty coating as do the plastic...some plastic is worse than others as well.
Firearms in General :
It has been said too many folks spend too much time cleaning what is not important, and NOT cleaning what is.
One may have the most pristine bore, trigger group, the stock clean, waxed, protected, if equipped with attachements, these are clean, fresh batteries in any lights or optical sights.
If the shell does not go into the chamber, then extract, then respeat - else:
Here lies _____ Firearm did not work, but the bore was immaculate
It is suggested one shoot a minimum numbers of rounds of EACH Carry/ Duty ammo and in Magazines and Speedloaders.
While doing so one is to inspect and take note of what that particular weapon with those ammo choices with those particular mags/ speedloaders leaves behind in regard to residue, debris, and lubrication needs. What is required to keep that gun reliable.
Bad breath distance...
Plastic fouling near the muzzle/ screw in choke not going to mean a darn thing, chamber dirty, extraction dirty is.
Revolvers- residue under the extractor, cylinder bind, and /or not being able to open cylinder quickly to eject spent shells and get a speedloader to reload, a lot more serious that the finish being perfect and the stocks being clean.
Semis - Dry clean mags, chamber clean, extraction working, will keep you alive moreso than the fact you cleaned the residue out of the front strap checkering, the firing residue is clean from exterior of slide near muzzle, and there is no nelphs in the torx grip screws.
Gun gotta run with ammo everytime. Chamber, extraction are what I concern myself with.
One can take tips HSMITH , Dave, myself have shared to make this easier and faster, or one can spent lots of time , spend lots of money for fancy tools and such. That is up to you.
Does the darn gun chamber and extract, does the gun run?
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