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KDTS
07-11-2012, 7:17 PM
Last time I was at the range, I shot through 100 rounds of pretty dirty WWB .45. When I went to clean it, I noticed that there was a LOT of powder build up on and above the feed ramp. I'd noticed it before, but didn't think much of it. Is that normal (with cheap ammo)? I haven't even been able to clean it all of with a fair amount of scrubbing (t shirt + ballistol). I tried a little bit of polishing compound and got more off, but I didn't keep going because I didn't want to start rubbing off too much metal.

Czsp-01-9mm
07-11-2012, 7:51 PM
Probably just the ammo, slow burning powder and weak loads not expanding the brass all the way, did you see black marks on your ejected brass, try some premium ammo and see if it still happens, if not, there's a couple other things

jonzer77
07-11-2012, 7:59 PM
Try soaking the area with the cleaner and let it soak for a bit before taking it off. It does seem odd though because I shoot my reloads and they can be pretty dirty but the powder residue always comes right off.

KDTS
07-11-2012, 9:44 PM
It looks concentrated to one side.
http://i.imgur.com/vy87P.jpg

There also appear to be some wear marks on the barrel. Any ideas?

http://i.imgur.com/Xa7x9.jpg

KDTS
07-11-2012, 10:04 PM
Maybe it just wasn't cleaned well or regularly and got caked on over time. I seem to have gotten it off by lightly scraping it with a small flathead screwdriver. Nevermind :D

jessegpresley
07-11-2012, 11:10 PM
I haven't even been able to clean it all of with a fair amount of scrubbing (t shirt + ballistol).

Why aren't you using a bronze brush?

AeroEngi
07-11-2012, 11:44 PM
Why aren't you using a bronze brush?

This.

A bronze brush always works for getting the powder off the feed ramp.

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Czsp-01-9mm
07-12-2012, 4:55 AM
If its on spot maybe the chamber has some build up and it's not sealing it right or the chamber is out of spec

KDTS
07-12-2012, 5:07 AM
I'll keep an eye on it and honestly I don't know why I didn't try a brush, heh. Usually the powder isn't caked on so thick and I can just wipe it off (of my other guns, at least). Thanks.

patrickstarfish
07-12-2012, 6:53 AM
I get this build up in my 1911 as well, especially when shooting lead. There are tool marks visible on your frame where carbon build tend to accumulate. My 1911 likes to run a little wet, which makes carbon to slide off metal surface and making cleaning easier, also by polishing the feed ramp.

Fishslayer
07-12-2012, 9:12 AM
This.

A bronze brush always works for getting the powder off the feed ramp.

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I use one of those OD Tactical (;)) toothbrushes.

Is it just me or does that ramp on the frame look really nasty?

KDTS
07-12-2012, 10:27 AM
Cleaned up!

http://i.imgur.com/elhWd.jpg

Planning on taking her to the range today, I'll just check when I get home after and clean as necessary.

KeithET
07-12-2012, 10:57 AM
I am no longer surprised at how dirty a gun can get or where the dirt will accumulate. After cleaning dirty guns a couple hundred (or thousand) times it becomes a fact of life. That stuff just goes everywhere. If a gun is unusually clean after shooting then I start wondering whats wrong! :confused:

Anyway, after cleaning a gun and its nice and shiny and purdy that makes me smile! :D

KeithET

DArBad
07-12-2012, 11:04 AM
I am a beliver of the Eds Red. Its very, very effective in cleaning away caked on powder foulings.

dobek
07-12-2012, 11:53 AM
normal - use bronze brush or finger nail - -

Steve

KDTS
07-12-2012, 12:04 PM
Finger nail didn't work. It was caked on there pretty tough.

walmart_ar15
07-12-2012, 2:49 PM
It looks more like baked-on. I see this on my rifle gas pistons. As previously posted, you may have some gas coming back into the chamber area.

Chief-7700
07-12-2012, 2:52 PM
That build up is normal, just use some 0000 steel wool.

teflondog
07-12-2012, 3:34 PM
I always get the build up on the feed ramp eventually. Using faster burning powder when I reload just delays the build up.

Dont_Shoot_im_Chinese
07-12-2012, 3:40 PM
A quick polish job will fix that

CrippledPidgeon
07-12-2012, 5:40 PM
That build up is normal, just use some 0000 steel wool.

Use bronze before resorting to steel. Bronze is far softer than steel, so you're less likely to remove metal from the gun when you clean.

POLICESTATE
07-12-2012, 5:42 PM
Aye, a bronze brush and some determination cleans my feed ramp if the powder cakes up on it. I have noticed with dirty ammo it can get a bit thick, and leads to FTF issues but usually after a couple hundred rounds.

Chief-7700
07-12-2012, 6:40 PM
Use bronze before resorting to steel. Bronze is far softer than steel, so you're less likely to remove metal from the gun when you clean.

I have been using 0000 steel wool on 1911 feed ramps for over 35 years never seen any damage. 0000 SW is great with window cleaner to get waters stains off glass and windshields w/o scratching the glass.

jonzer77
07-12-2012, 7:50 PM
I have been using 0000 steel wool on 1911 feed ramps for over 35 years never seen any damage. 0000 SW is great with window cleaner to get waters stains off glass and windshields w/o scratching the glass.

It is also great with CLP to get surface rust off blued barrels. I had a Remington 870 that would rust after a couple weeks and it would take it right off without damaging the finish.

hkdad
07-12-2012, 11:41 PM
stop worrying about that small build up on your gun, shoot the $h!T out of it!! I abuse my guns with thousands of rounds... I only worry if I see a crack somewhere. That is just carbon deposit.

JTROKS
07-13-2012, 12:10 AM
Try a patch wet with full strength Simple Green. Just don't forget to oil the parts afterwards. It's just a little carbon buildup nothing to worry about.

jeffrice6
07-13-2012, 12:46 AM
http://i.imgur.com/vy87P.jpg

That has to be a Sprinnger.