Cleaning a revolver...


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Mojo-jo-jo
December 27, 2006, 04:05 AM
I have a really nasty Ruger GP100, stainless finish. There's lots of powder residue on the cylinder, back end of the barrel and the inside of the topstrap.

What are some suggestions to clean this residue off? I've tried Hoppe's 9, but it doesn't seem to make a dent in the muck. Bronze wool? Bronze brush in a electric drill? Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance!
Mojojojo

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gpr
December 27, 2006, 07:02 AM
what works for me....clean and dry, then use a hard pencil eraser...gpr

DragonFire
December 27, 2006, 07:35 AM
They make a Lead removal cloth that should handle alot of that. Can't be used on blued guns, but is great on stainless. It's usually available at most places that sell any gun cleaning supplies

Tylden
December 27, 2006, 08:05 AM
The lead removal cloth that DragonFire speaks of works great on stainless. Also, there is a product called Flitz polish that works even better. I've used both products on my stainless steel revolvers and I highly recommend them. Either should be available at most any decent gun store. Good luck :)

Crimp
December 27, 2006, 09:35 AM
+1 on Flitz. That's what I use for my stainless steel revolvers. Works great.

Headless
December 27, 2006, 09:36 AM
Sorry to hijack; what would you guys use on a finished gun that isn't stainless? Would the stuff mentioned work on a S&W642 without damaging the finish?

dpote
December 27, 2006, 09:55 AM
I use Hoppe's Elite on both blued and stainless revolvers.
Cleans the face of the cylinder very well.

Dave

JMB
December 27, 2006, 02:00 PM
+1 for Flitz

Works for stainless and blued guns.

ZeSpectre
December 27, 2006, 02:07 PM
If you are talking a stainless gun and layers of crap, I'd start with a 3:1 mix of HOT Water and Simple Green concentrate. Let the gun soak for a bit and scrub well with nylon brushes. If there are any marks left a pencil eraser is good for final touch-up.

Make sure you rinse the gun VERY well afterwards, simple green left on metal can be pretty corrosive, especially on spring steel.

Beachcomber
December 27, 2006, 06:46 PM
Try one of the stainless steel brushes that looks like a toothbrush. (They also come in brass.) You can get them at your local gun dealers in the firearms cleaning equipment area. Use it with Hoppes solvent to scrub the top frame area above the forcing cone, cylinder face and whatever other areas that have a heavy carbon/lead buildup.

DO NOT USE THEM ON BLUE STEEL FIREARMS AS IT WILL NOT ONLY REMOVE THE LEAD BUILD UP ... IT WILL ALSO REMOVE THE FINISH. :eek:

baker
December 27, 2006, 06:55 PM
+1, beachcomber

LHB1
December 27, 2006, 06:59 PM
For stainless guns: Brush really dirty spots with old toothbrush and Shooters Choice Bore Cleaner. Then use Lead Remover cloth. Works like magic!

For non-stainless guns: OMIT Lead Remover cloth. Have heard it will remove bluing but can't say from experience.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB

JohnKSa
December 27, 2006, 09:04 PM
The bronze "toothbrush style" brushes should work in conjunction with some normal solvent. Be careful about using any metal brushes on the "finished" part of a stainless frame, they can leave tiny scratch marks that will disturb the uniformity of the "finish". Under the topstrap and on the front of the cylinder shouldn't be a problem.

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