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S&W 686....weird

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by maskedman504, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. maskedman504

    maskedman504 Well-Known Member

    Okay, I pull out my 686 and I am going to work on DA firing- so I am going to dryfire it. I open the cylinder and push on the ejector rod- it doesn't move. So I really push on it and it is stuck. I try to use my thumbnail to pull out a round. Stuck also. So I get a cleaning rod out and tap the rounds out from the front of the cylinder. They appear to have some goo or something? on them. Once all the rounds were out, the ejector worked no problem. Any idea what is mess is on the rounds?

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  2. F-111 John

    F-111 John Well-Known Member

    Those rounds look like the brass oxidized, probably due to moisture in the cylinder chambers at some point. (Carry gun in the rain?)
  3. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Yep. Rusty cartridges.
  4. Salmoneye

    Salmoneye Well-Known Member


    Looks like Verdigris...

    Happens a lot to cartridges in leather loops on belts...should NOT be happening inside the chambers of your cylinder...

    On the other hand, if it is the chambers that are rusting and coloring the brass, then THAT is a bad thing also...Yes, stainless can, and does rust...Just a lot less susceptible than blued steel...

    A thorough cleaning of cartridges and gun are in order...

    You didn't happen to fire some corrosive ammo or black powder cowboy action cartridges, did you?
  5. maskedman504

    maskedman504 Well-Known Member

    Nope, no black powder or corrosive ammo; the gun is kept in a padded case in my basement. I guess I should turn on the dehumidfier. I checked the cylinders and there is no rust there. I will chalk it up to moisture then. Thanks guys.
  6. dfariswheel

    dfariswheel Well-Known Member

    Take the gun OUT of the padded case.
    These are notorious for rusting guns, INCLUDING stainless steel guns.

    Stainless is "stain-less" not rust proof and stainless guns will rust if left in a case or in a damp basement.
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Here is exactly what happened.

    "Somebody" left an excessive amount of bore cleaner in the loaded chambers for a very long time.
    And the copper solvent part of the excess bore cleaner started eating the brass cases.

  8. maskedman504

    maskedman504 Well-Known Member

    "Somebody"? :eek:

    I know the last person that cleaned this gun.... :p

    I know I swabbed the chambers after cleaning- should I let the gun sit and dry for a while before loading it up?

    Also- are these rounds safe to fire?
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I was trying to play nice! :D

  10. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    In the old days, police were told to take the cartridges out of the gun and the belt loops at least once a century and clean off the green gunk. When they didn't want to, they bought chrome plated cartridges (yes, an outfit in Texas plated live ammo) so they could keep being lazy.

  11. tryshoot

    tryshoot Well-Known Member

    I say it was the padded case. They hold moister in and will not let it escape. Even put up clean humidity cannot escape.
  12. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Bingo. Gun cleaner with ammonia was used to clean cylinder chambers.
  13. maskedman504

    maskedman504 Well-Known Member

    Hoppes No. 9 has ammonia in it?
  14. sirsloop

    sirsloop Well-Known Member

    Use hoppes #9 if you want to clean with that, then hit up the cylinders and bore with some hornady one-shot followed by a few dry patches and call it good enough. Thats what I do at least. While thats drying I use a sparing amount of triflow lube on the extractor and cylinder pivot. Should be ready to load up in ~2 minutes (once the residual one-shot has dried).

    Those are probably safe to fire as long as there is no excessive corrosion into the case wall. Looks like surface tarnish to me. Shoot em and put em in the tumbler! Better luck next go around :p
  15. Salmoneye

    Salmoneye Well-Known Member

    You win :D
  16. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    My vote is on Bore Solvent also. I did this to one of mine. I left to hoppes #9 in my cylinder and barrel and put shells back in it. It sat for a period of time and my shells looked like the OPs.

    I went ahead and shot them, and ran them through my sonic cleaner and then tumbled them. The stains won't come clean and even though they look better than they did I can still pick them out of a batch with no problem. They have been shot several time and nothing bad has happened to them.

    I pay more attention to cleaning the cleaner out of my guns now.
  17. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    RC nailed it

    But everyone is right to tell you not to use the padded case
  18. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Well-Known Member

    You also should not be storing the gun in its padded case loaded for long periods of time or at all unless you are using it as a ready home defense arm.
    NRA safe gun handling rule #3:

    Keep all guns unloaded until ready to use.
  19. StrawHat

    StrawHat Well-Known Member

    An empty gun is worthless.

    As for whether the rounds are safe to use, without having them in hand to inspect, hard to say. Is the casing "pitted" or look thinner in spots? For six rounds, I'd just discard them and take six more from the box.
  20. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Those cartridges look pretty nasty. Possibly, you could take the corrosion off with some crocus cloth, but if you see any pitting, the case is done. Personally, my time is worth money too, and I would just ___-can them.

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