357 Magnum Powder Residue

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by cobra22, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. cobra22

    cobra22 New Member

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    To keep cost down I have been shooting 38 specials in my Ruger 357 Stainless Steel. Due to the smaller casing there is powder residue in the cyclinder that I just cant remove. I have tried Hoppes Solvent and brush but it just wont budge.

    Any ideas fellas? Is their a more powerful solvent out here?

    Thanks
     
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  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I picked up a used S&W some time ago that was really bad. I pulled the cylinder and let it soak overnight in Hoppes and it cleaned up well...
     

  3. cobra22

    cobra22 New Member

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    I havent tried letting it soak over night. I will give that a try ..thanks
     
  4. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I've had good success using a bit of polishing compound (something like Fritz) on really stubborn residue. A Dremel with a cloth buffing wheel will work, too.

    If soaking in regular Hoppe's isn't enough, you can also with the stronger Hoppe's Bench Rest.
     
  5. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Wipe the front of cylinder with a cloth patch dipped in Shooters Choice Bore Cleaner and rub lightly with a "Lead Away cloth." The cylinder should clean up in no time. A small amount on the face of the cylinder of J & B Bore compound will work also.

    If you still have residue, + 1 on what NGIB suggested.

    Jack
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Soak, brush with a slightly larger brush (chambers are bigger than bore- about a 40 cal brush for a 357 chamber).

    There is also a tool called the Lewis Lead Remover that scrubs really good- uses a brass screen over a leather plug.
     
  7. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Flitz will EASILY remove it...

    That's all I use on my stainless steel guns.
     

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  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Shooters Choice solvent. Soak.

    Lead free cloth cut into patches will strip out anything left over.
     
  9. Charger Fan

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    Regarding the original question (residue buildup in cylinder holes from shooting shorter 38's in a 357 cylinder), I've found that C3Shooter's method works very well. I generally remove the cylinder, apply bore cleaner liberally, let soak, then stuff a larger brass bore brush (in my case, I use a .44 brush) in the cylinder hole so it pokes out the end little & spin the cylinder around the brush for a few revolutions.
    Then I swab the holes out with dry patches, examine the holes & repeat if necessary. I've gotten some pretty dirty used guns clean this way.;)

    Regarding the powder residue on the cylinder face, I've had great luck with Mark F's method...FLITZ baby!:cool: My stainless guns get the Flitz treatment after each outing.

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    Although, I have yet to find a good product for removing powder residue from the cylinder faces of blued guns...without removing the bluing.
     
  10. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Flitz is to only thing (so far) I have found that will clean my 329 S&W Scandium/Titanium revolver. The finish is totally different from "conventional" revolvers. GSR really tends to stick to the finish.
     

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  11. cobra22

    cobra22 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I will try them out.