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What do you use to clean lead out?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Dumper, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Dumper

    Dumper Active Member

    I was wondering what do you guys use to clean out lead in your gun?
  2. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    worn out brass bore brush with copper Chore Boy (soap free) wrapped around it.
  3. The Sicilian

    The Sicilian member

    I just use some Hoppe's lead and copper solvent and it works fine, along with a brass bore brush. Let it sit over night after the first cleaning with a little more Hoppe's solvent, then swab the bore with a cleaning jag and your bore will sparkle like a mirror!
  4. Gatofeo

    Gatofeo Well-Known Member

    I usually don't have a problem with leading in my cap and ball revolvers. I shoot mostly balls and use a well-lubricated felt wad between ball and powder.
    But once a year I use a bunch of tight patches, well saturated with Iosso Bore Cleaner (comes in a tube, consistency of toothpaste) or JB Bore Cleaner (in a little screw-top jar, and is the consistency of putty).
    Either of these substances, thoroughly worked into the patch, then the patch a tight fit in the bore, will do. Work the patch back and forth at least a dozen times, before removing.
    This annual treatment removes what little lead may be in the bore and smooths the bore a bit too. The Iosso or JB have very, very fine abrasives in them that are harmless to the bore but will grab any fouling and push it out.
    It's good stuff.
    During regular cleaning, I run a bronze brush through the bore a dozen times or more, mostly to loosen any fouiling but I suppose it gets a little lead too. I never really see any leading in the bore, though.
  5. Low Key

    Low Key Well-Known Member

    My experience mirrors Gatofeos, no real leading to speak of. Every couple of hundred or so shots I run a bronze brush through the barrel a few times followed by a few patches with Hoppes #9 just to be sure I have no buildup sneaking in on me, then I re-season the gun in the oven and I'm good to go.
  6. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    A drill.


    Stuck bullets are the only lead I've had to remove so far.
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Ryan - that sure is a purdy bullet. Looks like some sort of devilish design.
  8. Ferret

    Ferret Well-Known Member

    Hey Ryan... is that an authentic olde worlde Black Powder 'tracer'??
    Or the new prototype Da Mans got ManyIrons working on?

    As to Led Removal --- Hoppes no 9 or Eds Red on a bronze bore brush.
  9. Manyirons

    Manyirons member

    Lead-Removal? Old style, liquid mercury, eats tha lead not tha steel. Otherwise good cleanin EDS RED and JB bore cleanin paste, or homemade tha BOSSES electric rig ifin it gets excessive.

    Somma those 1400+fps revolver loads DO upon occasion decide ta leave a little somethin behind! When tha loads right, amazin how fast pure lead can be pushed, stock guns'll lead faster, undersize ball or bullet ta bore size. Tha BOSS has with good balance between chamber and bore size, everthin well polished but not TOO smooth, otherwise it'll friction or cold weld, pushed pure lead from revolvers over chrono at 1600+ and no leadin in experiments.

    Thom Tha donkey work, fetchin boy and official BIGIRON gun cleaner.
  10. RyanM

    RyanM Well-Known Member

    No, that's an early experiment with getting bullets to spin out of a smoothbore!

    Or... it's a genetically engineered bullet! The DNA is right there on the back for easy access.

    Or... it's a bullet/bacteria hybrid. Those are flagella, to make the bullet go faster.
  11. Steve499

    Steve499 Well-Known Member

    Oh. I thought it was a box jellyfish.

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