Bore clean up


August 24, 2006, 03:04 PM
My Ruger SRH has a pretty rough looking bore. Not worn out or anything just seems to lead up really bad and I have to scrub like the dickens to get the lead out. I am using Meister hard cast over AA-9 for hunting loads and the lead they leave behind is pretty bad.

Is there any way to scrub the bore to help smooth out the rifling? Isnt there something like Butch's bore scrub or something to that affect?

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August 24, 2006, 03:11 PM
There was a article in one of the gun rags years ago that dealt with this:
#1 Clean your bore.
#2 Run a patch with Flitz through it a few times.
#3 Follow with patches till clean.
Repeat 1-3, 30-40 times. The bore will look like a mirror, and be a snap to clean in the future. I have done this a few times. Does take some time, but in the long run SAVES time.

August 24, 2006, 07:15 PM

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August 24, 2006, 07:44 PM
Hi Lenny,

Flitz is similar to Semichrome, but not as abrassive. Gunshops carry it, or also carries it.

August 24, 2006, 08:15 PM
Get a new bore brush of the proper size for your caliber. Go to the store and buy a Chore Boy Copper scouring pad. Pull a long strand off of it and wind it onto your new bore brush. Swab the bore with a good bore solvent and then scrub it with the wrapped bore brush.

You may have to repeat it a time or two but your bore will be clean and lead free.

August 25, 2006, 02:51 AM
Adding to it. Try using a LEAD AWAY cloth, patches. Works great for removing lead, carbon, burn marks. Hoppes, Klean-bore makes them. The cloth is about 5 dollars. You have to be careful using it on blued firearms(using on the outside...can take the blueing off...if you rub too hard, much). For the inside of the bore you don't have to worry though. Other than that, its safe to use. Hoppes #9 is pretty good for the price. But I find...I have to clean my 500 Magnum twice with it(using the white glove test). Once after shooting and then again the next day. For it to be really clean. The ammo(range use) I use is UltraMax (pretty cheap...but accurate) and its smokey, almost on the line of blackpowder when using lead (not hardcast) bullets. I guessed their not gas checked. Their jacketed H.P. are not as bad.
For really bad bores you can try CLP, or something stronger, Hoppes, Klean-Bore makes their own kind of CLP as well. Some of these faster, all in one (clean/lube/protect) products can get pricey, though. 3,4 times the price of Hoppes #9. Depends on how you feel about cleaning firearms.

My cleaning routine: send a patch down using Hoppes #9, let sit for 5 min. Put a brush (soaked with Hoppes #9) down it. Let sit 5 to 15 min. Dry patch it. Use a lead away patch, or cloth (cut a couple of patches off the cloth). You will be surprised how much lead, carbon comes off on the patch. Send another patch with Hoppes #9 down it. Dry patch it. Do it again, the next day or so..... And yes, you have to be careful pushing the rod down the barrel. Use the muzzel guard.

August 25, 2006, 02:58 AM
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August 25, 2006, 10:38 PM
I use lead remover and a patch/jag to help remove it but after its all said and done I can still see rough looking marks between the rifling.

August 30, 2006, 03:34 PM

I am kind of keen on the idea of preventing leading. Get a copy of Veral Smith's book "Jacketed Bullet Performance with Cast Bullets". I think you can find it at GraybeardOutdoors. You'll be glad you did.


August 30, 2006, 04:11 PM
Yes, I heard a lot about this. Sending jacketed bullets down the barrel, after shooting lead. That's what i do. Shoot lead first and then jacketed. Never...jacketed first, then lead.

Execpt for sighting-in. I stick with one brand and load (Winchester 400gr. P.T.J.H.P)

September 3, 2006, 01:41 PM
Try a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alchohol. Plug one end of the barrel and let it soak till it stops bubbling. Then clean and oil as usual.

September 5, 2006, 06:40 PM
i personally haven't tried this product, yet:

here are a couple articles on it:

September 5, 2006, 11:42 PM
timn. That mixture sound's interesting. I'll try it sometime. Thank's!:)

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