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Old 06-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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I shoot only copper-jacketed bullets in my firearms because I have had some bad experiences with lead fouling. I haven't had any trouble getting the copper fouling out. Recently I shot some of my friend's .45acp loads through my Colt 1911. It has a stainless barrel. The bullets were Laser-Cast 200-grain semi wadcutters. The inside of the bore was okay but there was some bad lead fouling on the top of the chamber, where the bullets made contact when feeding into the chamber. I had a dickens of a time removing this fouling. I tried different solvents without much luck. I was able to remove a lot of it with hot soapy water and Soft Scrub. An old gunsmith suggested I try some 0000 steel wool to remove the rest. I always keep some 0000 steel wool around for woodworking so I gave it a try. I wrapped some of the steel wool around a wooden dowel, sprayed some kroil on it and careful spun it by hand in the chamber. This removed the rest of the lead fouling. When I was finished I had a very clean and shiny barrel and the materials and motions I used did not scratch it. Okay, I know I have said a lot, but here is my question. What would have made this job much easier and safe for the barrel?



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Old 06-15-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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One of the common recommendations put forth here is to use a piece of a copper (copper only, accept no substitutes) Chore Boy scouring pad in much the same manner as you used the steel wool. The Lewis Lead remover is another, more expensive option. I use one for my .357s as needed.
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Shooter's Choice bore solvent. The 0000 steel wool is good, but use it wet with solvent.

My 10mm Smith did the same thing with a 200 gr truncated cone bullet. Lead in the "roof" of the chamber. My 175 gr truncated cone bullet does not do that at all

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I think I will keep it simple and not use those bullets again. I sold all of the loads I had. From now on it will only be copper jacked bullets through my 1911. The copper seems to come out real easy with the Wipe Out foaming bore cleaner.

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Get the Led out!

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They make small brass screens that wrap around a hard rubber dowel that attaches to the end of a cleaning road. These are good for getting out hard to remove leading.

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I have a older version of this and it works quite well



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Kroil will take all the lead out, just soak the barrel and let it sit for a couple of hours and scrub with brass brush, then patches...used it for years and shoot lead all the time, no leading problems at all in any of my 30+ handguns

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I think I will keep it simple and not use those bullets again. I sold all of the loads I had. From now on it will only be copper jacked bullets through my 1911. The copper seems to come out real easy with the Wipe Out foaming bore cleaner.
Consider lead cloth. It removes charcoal as well.

True, there is no particular need to shoot factory LRN ammo. Except the WC/SWC for serious target work, jacketed ammo is the way to go.

The Lewis kit is for heavy duty jobs like the forcing cones in revolvers. No need to scrub a 1911 that hard.
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If the gun is not malfunctioning I would not be concerned with the lead. Lead itself is a lubricant. I would just keep shooting the gun with plated/jacketed ammo. The lead will come out on it's own.

If the gun is malfunctioning I would take the barrel to a gun shop for an ultrasonic cleaning. If there is fouling on the feed ramp/chamber rim, there is more fouling in other areas of the barrel.



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