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Losing the lead fouling the easy way??

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by rpenmanparker, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. rpenmanparker

    rpenmanparker Member

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    Question! If I shoot 50 rounds of unplated, bare lead .22LR ammo through a pistol and then follow it with 50 rounds of copper plated/jacketed ammo, will the copper rounds scrub out the lead fouling? Chore Boy or no Chore Boy, I just can't get my pistols clean after shooting bare lead ammo. The black fouling just keeps coming out, patch after patch, no matter how many times I brush scrub the bore with Hoppe's No. 9 or similar. I figure it must be lead. Any thoughts on the strategy of following the lead rounds with copper jacketed?
     
  2. robhof

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    Does a patch drag down your barrel? If so, you need to lap your barrel, either fire lap with a fine lapping compound rubbed into low velocity bullets or by a tight fitting patch lubed with the compound and a long session of running it in and out of the barrel, followed up by a thorough cleaning. I originally got a kit from LBT for my 357 max and ended up doing it to all my guns, even the B/P ones.. They are more accurate and much easier to clean, leading is almost nonexistent..
     
  3. Texas10mm

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    .22 LR ammo isn't copper plated nor jacketed. It's a copper wash. Very, very thin.

    If you think it's lead and you must have it gone use a 50/50 mix of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a few minutes, drain the barrel and flush it with clean water then run some patches through it.
     
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    Dont sweat it just shoot it. I am sure I have a 10/22 that has had 1000's of rounds of federal lightning through it.
     
  5. Fine Figure of a Man

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    I have never had any leading in any 22lr. If your handgun isn't losing accuracy, it isn't lead.
     
  6. rpenmanparker

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    Okay, good replies. Thanks. So peracetic acid will disssolve lead? Interesting. All I can say is that my 9mm barrels clean up right away and all I shoot in them is FMJ. But my .22LR pistols after exposed lead ammo and my 12 ga shotgun just never come clean.
     
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  7. sgt127

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    Look down the barrel. Still see rifling? Good. Keep shooting.

    :)
     
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  8. Kp321

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    Use caution with the vinegar/peroxide mixture. One, it will remove bluing. Two, it produces a very easily adsorbed form of lead oxide. Bad for you and the environment.
    As already stated, most 22 rimfire barrels never need scrubbed unless they are extremely rough. More 22's are worn out from cleaning than shooting.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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