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Cleaning a barrel

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by RifleEnthusiast, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. RifleEnthusiast

    RifleEnthusiast Close to Oregon City Active Member

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    I saw some bronze-phosphor brushes the other day at the store and that made me think if using them would be safe compared to possibly stiff nylon brushes. I thought someone here may be able to shine some light on this issue.
    I understand that the bronze brushes are not that stiff, but wouldn't they even leave fine scratches on the inside of the barrel unless you have them wrapped in a patch or something?
  2. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    depends on who you talk to.. but in general the barrel is harder than the brush and it won't scratch
  3. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Phosphor Bronze brushes are softer than steel and cannot scratch the bore on your rifle. Some of the deposits in the barrel can however scratch it. Best to use a wet patch through the barrel first to remove the bulk, then continue with a new patch or bronze brush. Works well and keeps the barrel wear down. Oh, I avoid the bore snake type of barrel swab because they do scratch the barrel with the built up crud embedded in the snake.
  4. misplacedtexan

    misplacedtexan Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    When I was shooting lead wad-cutter through my 45 I would often wrap a piece of steel wool around the brush. Removed all the lead fouling and never once left a defect in the barrel. It will take quite a bit to put a scratch into that barrel.
  5. gunfreak

    gunfreak Meridian Well-Known Member

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    This is a post I did a while back.

    I know people who shoot lead from glocks without problems. I shoot a M&P .40, cast and load my own ammo. After I shoot a few hundred rounds I put a mag of lacketed through it and most of the lead is gone. I also clean with these brushes. Order them through Bi-Mart, ask to see the all sports catalog. You'll get 2 for the same price as what brownells cost. TORNADO BRUSHES - Brownells