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getem2011 04-08-2012 04:34 PM

Help, should I soak my 1911 barrel in Hoppes?
I have some carbon or lead build up at the breech end of my 1911 barrel and just cant get it out! The problem area is inside just before the rifling starts. Will soaking a stainless barrel in Hoppes hurt it? Any other alternatives are appreciated too.

MrWray 04-08-2012 04:56 PM

Have you tried a bore brush yet?

hiwall 04-08-2012 04:59 PM

You can safely soak it with no harm.

vincent 04-08-2012 04:59 PM

Birchwood Casey makes a lead removing/polishing cloth. I've yet to come across anything it won't clean up...:cool:

gollygee 04-08-2012 05:15 PM

With the chamber being a tad larger than the bore, a bore brush can leave stuff there. I realized this with my .22 pistol when I found the coating off the bullets building up in the chamber to the extent that a round would not easily drop into it. Since then, with the brush in the chamber, I rotate the barrel around the brush, at the same time, holding the brush tight against it.That works to keep my .22 chamber clean & I'd think it'd do the same for other calibers.

But, if the buildup is lead, J-B Bore Polish may work better than Hoppes. I've also read recommendations of the 'snakes' as being better than a bore brush, but haven't tried them.

yogiboobooranger 04-08-2012 06:16 PM

Try a Lewis Lead Remover along with JB Bore Polish..go here to see it in action:

HOSSFLY 04-08-2012 06:58 PM

Won't hurt to soak it-
BUT you still have to add elbow grease & a good bore brush ;)

MrWray 04-08-2012 06:59 PM

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Slip 2000 carbon killer

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goodwrench78 04-08-2012 08:45 PM

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This stuff works great!!!

canebrake 04-09-2012 01:26 AM

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You need a chamber brush, not a bore brush.

My go-to chamber brush;

WC - Chamber Cleaning Tool, .45 ACP

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