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What bore solvent do you use
May 5th, 2019 at 11:54am
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Now that I am shooting more and more cast bullets what is the bore cleaner of choice for cleaning the barrel when shot with lead bullets and smokeless powder?  I am going to scrub my 38/56 barrel with JB Paste today to get all traces of copper jacket material out and start shooting cast in it as well.  Tom  Smiley
  
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Reply #1 - May 5th, 2019 at 1:20pm
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There are lots of good ones, but everyone seems to have a favorite.

I use 50/50 Hoppe's 9/Marvel Mystery Oil to clean with followed by JB Bore Paste, then clean that up with the Hoppe's/Marvel mix and lastly a damp patch of the mix down the bore.

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I just use Gunzilla.
  
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  Ballistol & JB
  

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I clean with Hoppe's #9, and then use Marvel's Mystery Oil on a patch to wipe the barrel. But not much MMO on the patch. Don't want to leave the bore wet.
  

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Reply #5 - May 5th, 2019 at 5:45pm
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Clean with Ed’s Red, oil with Sweets.   Mal.
  
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Reply #6 - May 5th, 2019 at 5:46pm
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To remove copper use Butch's Bore Shine (let sit 10 minutes then wipe dry - keep doing until you no longer pick up a blue discoloration).

To remove lead Hoppe's 9, Shooters's Choice Lead Remover, or Shiloh Sharps Bore Solvent work equally well for me.

To remove stubborn lead deposits KleenBore's Copper Cutter No. 10 works the best (designed for copper but works great on stubborn lead deposites).

The J-B Bore paste will help lift lead but is best for removing carbon build up in your barrels which the other solvents do not touch.
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Reply #7 - May 5th, 2019 at 8:09pm
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Clean with Kroil followed by Ed's Red.  JB on occasion.  I save my old Hoppes #9 for use as an cologne.

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For shooting smokeless with lead bullets, been using Hoppe's No.9 since I was a kid. Won a bottle of Montana X-treme Cowboy Blend at a match. Been buying it ever since. For light to mild leading and powder fouling I've never used anything better. I do dry patch after cleaning and leave a very light coat of Ed's Red in bore.
  

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Reply #9 - May 6th, 2019 at 12:02pm
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Dry Patch - Ronsonol - Bronze Brush - Ronsonol - JB - More Ronsonol - Dry Patch

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Montana X-treme Cowboy Blend is the best I have used. Does an excellent job of reducing powder and any lead fouling in front of chamber. My findings are verified with a high dollar bore scope.
  
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For what it is worth; 999 bullets out of every 1000 I have shot in the last 30 years have been cast.

I like Ed's Red and used to use it but quit.
It pulls lead and cleans just fine.
No mater what I clean with now, I finish off with water soluble cutting fluid (oil) or Ballistol.
The reason I quit using Ed's Red - I think it was the cause of leading as well as the cure. I would get leading starting with the first shot. 

I made the switch ten or more years ago. Now, the clean bore gets coated with either a mix of water soluble cutting fluid or Ballistol or even my bullet lube but that is hard to apply. Doing so will produce no leading or, in some rare cases like very hot summer days, less leading.
  
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Did you use Ed's Red with or without lanolin?
  

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CW wrote on May 8th, 2019 at 11:17pm:
For what it is worth; 999 bullets out of every 1000 I have shot in the last 30 years have been cast.

I like Ed's Red and used to use it but quit.
It pulls lead and cleans just fine.
No mater what I clean with now, I finish off with water soluble cutting fluid (oil) or Ballistol.
The reason I quit using Ed's Red - I think it was the cause of leading as well as the cure. I would get leading starting with the first shot. 

I made the switch ten or more years ago. Now, the clean bore gets coated with either a mix of water soluble cutting fluid or Ballistol or even my bullet lube but that is hard to apply. Doing so will produce no leading or, in some rare cases like very hot summer days, less leading.
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I use ATF, acetone, and Marvel in equal proportions. Before shooting I wipe the bore and coat it with bullet lube. I dissolved the lube, 50/50 from White Label, in xylene. I use a pepper sauce bottle and heat in up in a double boiler. Once it dissolves it stays in suspension and is easy to apply. The only downside is the stink of the xylene.

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Reply #14 - May 10th, 2019 at 9:15am
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Cat_Whisperer wrote on May 9th, 2019 at 9:00pm:
Did you use Ed's Red with or without lanolin?


Without the added lanolin.


Interesting question. I am not chemist enough to know what that might change.
Does it make a difference with regard to leading or not?
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