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Reply #15 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 9:35am
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Take a "Chore Boy" copper scrub pad apart. It is a tube. Use patches to fil the tube to snug bore fit. Tie long piece of twine on ends of tube. Use cleaning rod to run the twine through the bore. Grab twine and "shoe shine" to a bright bore in just minutes. 

The turpentine and tight patch will get most of the lead out in the lower edges of the grooves.

Interesting test on the internet using acetone and atf. Many swear it is a lot better than any penetrating oil. There are a number of posts saying it will not work. There are a number of posts who say use atf straight up. Swab the bore and let it set for so long and drive a patch(s) down the bore. How many of you have hammered a cleaning rod fitted with a jag and sufficient patches to be driven down the bore with a hammer. Dead blows are best.

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Reply #16 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 10:27am
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I use the choreboy method. Just make sure that the choreboy is pure copper.  I take threads of the choreboy and thread them around a snug fitting brush. It usually takes several threads on the brush. A few strokes back and forth and bye bye lead.
  
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Reply #17 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 10:57am
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I've used turpentine and a very tight brush which works fine if the leading is not real heavy.  But nothing works better than the Foul Out electrochemical bore cleaner.  It was discontinued several years ago due to misuse by shooters leaving it on overnight or unattended for many hours.  As long as the instructions are followed nothing works better.  They can be found on eBay now and then.  Here's a brand new one listed now:
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Reply #18 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 11:16am
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Old Soldier its hard to imagine just how bad your leading issue really is based on your last reply. When you reach the end of it all put some Naptha / Lighter fluid on a patch until it comes out completely white. I would then put some of your own lube on a couple of patches to re-lube the barrel. It might also take quite a few shots to re-season the barrel again before the rifle settles back down again based on my own personal experience with using Naptha.
  

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Reply #19 - Jun 6th, 2021 at 8:45pm
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MPro-7
I had a S&W stainless .38 spl revolver that though used had been shot very little.  First time I shot it with lead semi wadcutter it leaded badly. I could not get the lead to budge.
A fellow suggested MPro-7, and when used according to the instructions I got chunks of lead out of the barrel. It worked it's way between the barrel and the leading a d broke it loose.
Great product.
  
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Reply #20 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 12:16am
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With a really nasty leaded bore Mercury is the answer if you have access to some.  Start with a cleaned, as in no oil on the bore use brake-cleaner a couple of times,  plug the chamber with a tight fitting rubber stopper,  fill the bore with mercury let stand overnight if really nasty 24 hours. Pour the mercury back into container. The bore will look nasty, use a snug fitting bronze brush from the chamber or rear push through unscrew the brush knock the crud out of it, repeat 2 or 3 passes should get all that's been converted to dust by the mercury, if bore is clean you are done  if not repeat the mercury soaking. Do the bore cleaning OUTSIDE into a trash bag pitch the brush too it won't be any good shortly.
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Reply #21 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 8:50am
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As Wayne points out the Foul-out system was by far the best and like you say would still be available except a few boneheads unable to follow directions scared them off. It was an electrolyte filled barrel, a cathode and anode some regulated small voltage that generated a reverse plating or electro-plating operation. When done the bore was incredibly clean.
  
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Re: Get the lead out
Reply #22 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 11:52am
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The best way is still Mercury.

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Reply #23 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 3:50pm
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Steel wool and Hoppes #9.
  

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Reply #24 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 6:02pm
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I can't get straight Turp. I've tried, none in town. I have lead chunks in my barrel. I have scrubbed for at least 6 hours and still have chunks.I'm not counting soak time, just scrub time. I've worn out 3 brass bore brushes, used over 150 patches. Best results are with Hoppies and  steel wool. Yes I've driven the patches through the barrel with a hammer. My barrel is still un-shootable. I shot about 40 of those bullets, and they leaded that bad. I agree mercury is great. Where to get it? Long ago I used it in my revolver. Plug the barrel with your finger, shake back and forth. Clean bore. I'll try acetone. I'll try anything at this point.
  

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Reply #25 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 8:18pm
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Try High School chemistry teacher,  (OLD)Dentist , Miner's
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Reply #26 - Jun 8th, 2021 at 9:57pm
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Old Soldier, if you want to make a run down to Colorado I know some gold miners that could fix you right up.
  
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Reply #27 - Jun 9th, 2021 at 10:03am
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The modern lead solvents actually  do a pretty good job, I use boretech rimfire blend and their chameleon gel.  Beats hoppe, less dangerous to the barrel than steel wool...
  
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Reply #28 - Jun 10th, 2021 at 7:16pm
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"Old Soldier, if you want to make a run down to Colorado I know some gold miners that could fix you right up."

We do have a mining supply company here. I'll see if the will sell me any mercury.

Presently, she has soaked for the last 30 hours in Kriol.
  

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Reply #29 - Jun 11th, 2021 at 1:04am
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Since turpentine is not an option for you, for really heavy lead, the next best thing to the Foul Out unit I've found is wrapping some copper scouring pad around a tight patch.  Copper scouring pads are available at your local grocer store or on Amazon.
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