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Old 12-17-2015, 04:00 PM
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Default Best Barrel Cleaning Technique?

I have a rifle which I seem to be loosing some accuracy. I have checked lugs and scope mount which all seems to be tight.

Wondering if my barrel may have some fouling. What do you recommend to thoroughly clean a rifle barrel? Bronze brush? Anyone use Wipe-Out for fouling?
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:11 PM
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Here is a tutorial from Dewey.

A bore guide is a must !!!

I believe in letting a barrel soak, bronze brushes, and only in the direction the bullet travels.

Use copper solvent also !


Cleaning your gun is way over-rated ....................... LOL

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Old 12-18-2015, 04:15 AM
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I recommend a simple approach. Buy some JB Bore Paste. Buy a can of Birchwood-Casey 2 In 1 Bore Scrubber and follow the directions for both.

If you do not see noticeable improvement, then dismount the scope and shoot open sights. If your eyes are old and tired like mine, then purchase another scope and go thru the entire sight-in process again.

You never stated what your post range/hunting barrel-cleaning ritual normally is. That Birchwood-Casey 2 In 1 Bore Scrubber controls everything..... lead, copper, carbon and plastic.

I use it all the time. Then I finish with Ballistol on the entire rifle exterior (everywhere).... don't care if the exterior is plastic, wood, blued or stainless..... even the action/slide parts get Ballistol and everything slides easy in Michigan's cold winter. Then I use Birchwood-Casey Barricade Gun Oil or Breakfree Collector Synthetic Oil inside the barrel for long-term storage purposes.

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Old 12-18-2015, 09:06 AM
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I will second the J-B Bore Paste. Or ISSO bore paste. I use Butches Bore Shine and i have a few other brands of cleaners but the bore paste really gets the fouling out of a barrel.
If and when you use it be prepared for the blackest patches you ever seen!
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Old 12-19-2015, 09:16 AM
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I like wipe out. Easy to use and works great.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:42 PM
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Thanks for the link to the Dewey sight. Good stuff.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:45 PM
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Dittos on Dewey rods. I have four of them I think. When you get one go to Home Depot and get a 10' stick of 2" electrical PVC pipe (the gray stuff) , go to plumbing and get a two 2" caps and two cleanouts with screw plugs and a small can of glue.

When you get home cut the 10' PVC to where it is about 4" longer than your Dewey rod. Glue on a cap and a cleanout. Before gluing on cap place open cell plastic foam in bottom or a rag to absorb the shock of dropping the rod in the tube.

Place your rod in it and you won't have to worry about it getting bent stored in trunk with your other stuff. You can put two rods in this tube. 1 handle down, 1 handle up.

This is the cheapest insurance you can get for long cleaning rod life.

If you are cleaning a bolt rifle you need a cleaning rod guide to replace the bolt. They are generally found made from white polyethelene round stock and slide up in action and into back of chamber.

If you are cleaning a lever gun and can remove bolt etc and clean from the back end.

If you are cleaning a pump gun or semi auto you need a muzzle protector to keep from draggng the rod on the muzzle. These can be made from a 30.06 case by cutting head off after reducing the neck size in a smaller die like a 280.

You want to have the neck slide in your barrel to protect the muzzle.

I already posted the below under the RIFLE section you might find interesting.


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Old 03-22-2016, 12:12 PM
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You never did say how old your rifle is or approximately how many rounds you had through it.
And I am assuming you cleaned your rifle on a regular basis but maybe not with the right products. And assuming that you shot copper jacketed bullets you may be experiencing a buildup of copper fouling. I don't care much for the ammonia based copper solvents but I have found that Hoppe's Elite Copper Solvent to be very good at removing copper. Run a saturated patch in the bore and let set for 10 mins then wipe out. Do this several times until the patches come out clean.
If you're still having the accuracy problems after this I would then use the J-B Compound per the manfs. instructions.
And the previous posters are right about the Dewey rods. Those things are great and last forever.
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:59 AM
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Easy to use and works great.

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Old 08-14-2016, 03:14 PM
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sweets 7.62 solvent, let it set an hour tops, then another round of 7.62, then shooters choice. DO NOT LET THE 7.62 SIT OVERNIGHT! then an oil patch and a dry one
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