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    Revolver cylinder fouling rings.

    A friend called me today looking for help with their .357 magnum revolver. They have always only shot .38spl in the revolver and now with the ammo crunch they were forced to get .357 Mag ammo as they could not find any .38spl.

    They shot their last bit of .38spl at the range and went to load up some .357 magnum before they went home. This will be their self defense gun in their home and they feel the need to make sure it is ready during these trying times.

    The .357 Mag ammo will not load into the cylinder. Of course they called me from the range and I told them to verify the that the gun is labeled .357 Mag, and it is. After some questioning I found out that they shot around 300 rounds of old dirty Aquila .38spl they had from their dad that he bought in the late 90's and they have never cleaned the barrel or the cylinder. They went and got some cleaning supplies including a .38 caliber brass cleaning brush. No luck in getting the fouling out.

    Best I can tell without seeing the gun myself is that the space between the end of the .38spl brass and the cylinder throats is caked with fouling and lead.

    What is the best way to remove this 15+ year old fouling? I have a feeling this gun will end up in my hands some time this coming week for some serious cleaning.
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    Too bad those folks didn't realize that revolvers are filthy-shooting sidearms. Every time I use a revolver, I scrub it clean. And my .357 is the worst!

    I'd use CLP and let it work for a while. I mix CLP with mineral spirits and soak AR parts and it cuts the crap pretty well. There are foaming cleaners that seem to work pretty well too.

    Again, as you well know Paul, time is our friend when doing a good cleaning.

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    Were it mine, the cylinder would go in my ultrasonic cleaner for about 20 minutes with the commercial solvent I use for carburetor parts.
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    Tell'em to buy a 10mm/.40 brush and go to town on it to get the rings out of the chambers.

    Soak it down with bore cleaner, let it set for 5 or 10 minutes and start scrubbing (it'll pull easier than it will push). Repeat as necessary until clean.

    A Lewis Lead Remover or some bronze wool wrapped around a old bore brush would do it faster, but these guys need a lesson in the importance of upkeep and maintainence of a firearm and the application of a little elbow grease has never hurt anybody but it surely works great as a reminder.
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    They can get it out, but it's won't be quick and it will take a lot of elbow grease. They have to keep cleaning it until it's gone. If they're the type to go: wipe, wipe, oh it's not going to ever work it's too dirty, they will never get it clean. They're going to have to keep at it with brush and chemicals and wear it down over time working at it. I've seen people load a brass brush into a drill and use that to speed up the process.
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    Chuck up a brass or bronze brush in a drill motor and use it to get the lead and crud out.
    Or take it to a gunsmith and have him use a chamber reamer to remove the grunge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtg452 View Post
    Tell'em to buy a 10mm/.40 brush and go to town on it to get the rings out of the chambers.

    Soak it down with bore cleaner, let it set for 5 or 10 minutes and start scrubbing (it'll pull easier than it will push). Repeat as necessary until clean.

    A Lewis Lead Remover or some bronze wool wrapped around a old bore brush would do it faster, but these guys need a lesson in the importance of upkeep and maintainence of a firearm and the application of a little elbow grease has never hurt anybody but it surely works great as a reminder.
    In other words, lots of old fashioned elbow grease!
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    I noticed this years ago with my .357 Blackhawk conversion. The 9mm American eagle was nasty powder. I always ended the range trip by shooting .357. The powder ring would push easy enough as it was fresh. One or two reloads with .357 and it was good to go. Run a spent .357 case in to crape it off after shooting it. But do not let it go home to bake on uncleaned. Speaking of such, i have an AR to clean. The gnats were bad at the range so I didn't do the quick clean on the bench.

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    MMMMMMM I mean I must be an odd-ball It TAKES me a lot of shooting to reach this level of crud in the chambers....My Dad, Fallen Comrades His Comrades, My friends whom have passed, Dads friends whom are gone. Would have risen out of the GRAVE to beat my head in until the weapon or gun was cleaned. Absolute max between cleaning I GO is 100 rounds I have had associates say to MUCH cleaning, Eh I aint calling to get fouling out so the weapon/gun is usable Eh imagine that. However Gun Scrubber Larger Bore Brush and a lot of scrubbing elbow grease is recommended if it is a STAINLESS not a BLUED, has to be STAINLESS Mothers Mag Polish may aide a little.
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    Carbon rings on the cylinder face of a stainless revolver can be removed by a Leadaway cloth from Birchwood Casey. Not recommended for blued finishes.
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