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Old 09-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #11
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It will take quite some time and elbow grease to get the barrel CLEAN. You may need to plug the chamber and fill the barrel with a solvent like Shooter's Choice to dislodge the most stubborn of the lead residue.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:01 AM   #12
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You may find that newer bore solvents from Hoppe's and others that use aerosol foam will speed the cleaning job. Shooting galleries of many year ago fillled the plugged barrels of .22s with mercury which disolved the lead, but is hazardous to work with.
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Push comes to shove, plug barrel, fill with KROIL, let stand 24 hours. Will actually penetrate between lead and steel, or between copper and steel. Will not etch a bore the way some cleaners will. Penetrating oil on steroids.

The shooting galleries did not give a crap about accuracy- but military armorers did use the mercury treatment. There was also an over the counter ointment used to kill body and pubic lice called Blue Ointment- used to contain mercury- and was used to de-lead many a barrel.
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I have de-leaded many barrels over the years using mercury and still occasionally use it today as a last resort. Much care must be taken when using mercury, one drop on the floor can contaminate your entire shop. I do not recemend using mercury for the non-professional.

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Thanks for all the advice, I think I will stay away from the mercury for now at least. I am sure that there are few other rifles in need of attention at the farm... I used solvent and old fashioned elbow grease and patience. Cleared out the action, the mechanism and the barrel.

Took it out for an afternoon of shooting, and was frustrated by way high shots. I removed the bushnell scope, and grouped 10 shots in 2 inches with the iron sites so I think its pretty clear the rifle still shoots well just the shooters eyes have aged a lot! I am now going to purchase a new scope and will have great way to spend the odd afternoon.

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My uncle gave me the marlin 882 ss .22 mag n my picture and it was that way. The way I fixed that issue was bout 3 hours w rod and brush and a whole 12 oz can of powder blaster by wichester
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