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Old 11-01-2019, 1:54 PM
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Question How to remove lead foul inside the barrel ?

How do you Aces remove the lead foul inside the barrel ? I am planning of use of Chore Boy and I need some kind of solvent that has better lead removal than Hoppe-9 but I do not know which one. I am also wide open to all recommendations.

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Edit: I read down to post #19, how come nobody mention "Shooter choice lead removal" solvent. ????? it does not work ?

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On barrel or in the barrel? Sir Toast is right to send you to a video for tips. There is so much information on lead removal. I've even used a mixture containing hydrogen peroxide to remove heavy leading in my 44 MAG. Shoot lead is great fun. Also, enjoy the cleaning process. There are a ton of solvent choices our there.
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The best method for removing leading I have found is KRIOL on a tight patch & jag.

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Copper wool. Make sure it’s real copper wool and not some copper washed steel wool from China. Soak barrel bore in Kroil overnight. Using undersized jag wrapped in copper wool that will fit snugly passing through bore of barrel. Repeat if needed. This will remove most if not all of the lead fouling.

There are some lead fouling that are just too stubborn. If the barrel is stainless using the 50/50 Peroxide-Vinegar solution will work. Don’t inhale the fumes and don’t go over 5 minutes soaking the bore.
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Medium grade bronze wool wrapped around a used bore brush. Several passes should strip it right out. Use it dry.
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OP. If you are talking about shooting 50 rounds of lead and then you want to remove the lead residual, this is an old trick below:

https://youtu.be/aGd3H4bQh2w?t=405

Some may disagree with this, but it's been around for a long time and it does work if you do it before you shoot soooooo much lead through your barrel.
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Lewis lead removal tool. Cleans up barrel throats like a mirror also.

Picture is a S&W 44 Magnum made in 1960.

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How do you Aces remove the lead foul inside the barrel ? I am planning of use of Chore Boy and I need some kind of solvent that has better lead removal than Hoppe-9 but I do not know which one. I am also wide open to all recommendations.

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Lewis lead removal tool. Cleans up barrel throats like a mirror also.

Picture is a S&W 44 Magnum made in 1960.

Dang. Gotta try that.
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Boresnake dipped in Hoppe's 9. It's that simple.
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Second on the Lewis lead remover, that thing is worth every penny.
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if you cast your own look into baked on powder coat it works great
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Hahahaha, OK, the gun is your, you can pick it up at Riflegear or near by Turners/Ammobro. And don’t forget to bring the paper and ID to do the DROS. Hahahaha
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OP. If you are talking about shooting 50 rounds of lead and then you want to remove the lead residual, this is an old trick below:

https://youtu.be/aGd3H4bQh2w?t=405

Some may disagree with this, but it's been around for a long time and it does work if you do it before you shoot soooooo much lead through your barrel.
1979 - first time i took one of my revolvers to a shooting range

talked with the counter guy for a few minutes and he handed me half a dozen jacketed rounds and told me to use those at the end of my range session to clear out the barrel

worked like a charm so you won't see any disagreeing from me
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The best method for removing leading I have found is KRIOL on a tight patch & jag.

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I run a dry patch through just to get some of the surface gunk off. Then I run a patch soaked in KROIL (not KRIOL) and let it set for 10 or 15 minutes. Then a simple bronze brush run through and back and forth several times will get the lead out. If not, I repeat. The lead usually comes out in flakes as the Kroil is a penetrating oil.

I then clean as usual, though most fouling is already removed at this point.
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Hahahaha, OK, the gun is your, you can pick it up at Riflegear or near by Turners/Ammobro. And don’t forget to bring the paper and ID to do the DROS. Hahahaha
I formally accept your public offer. Please PM me me the date and Time for the PPT. I will make sure your lead encrusted firearm is safely disposed of
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Second on the Lewis lead remover, that thing is worth every penny.
I'll third that...

I'm a bit surprised more here have never heard of it. Designed originally for revolvers, but it also does a superb job on non-revolvers.

Available through Brownells and you can thank me later.
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OP. If you are talking about shooting 50 rounds of lead and then you want to remove the lead residual, this is an old trick below:

https://youtu.be/aGd3H4bQh2w?t=405

Some may disagree with this, but it's been around for a long time and it does work if you do it before you shoot soooooo much lead through your barrel.
If you tell me to clean/scrub/deep in solvent/run a patch...… I may not do it, but if you tell me to "shoot" to remove the lead fouling or to repair anything I will sure to do it, SIR. You are really scratch my itch
I used to shoot around 200 rds per session, so I will shoot 5 copper/brass plated after every 50 rds lead, no problem at all

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How do you Aces remove the lead foul inside the barrel ? I am planning of use of Chore Boy and I need some kind of solvent that has better lead removal than Hoppe-9 but I do not know which one. I am also wide open to all recommendations.

Thanks You.

Edit: I read down to post #19, how come nobody mention "Shooter choice lead removal" solvent. ????? it does not work ?
newbie1234,

I have found from experience what your using is fine as all the others mentioned. Hoppe's is nothing more than a penetrating oil. Just soak the bore longer over night if possible and brush and patch the next day.

In the past when I was younger I would not do this and get frustrated as well. I must have wasted more solvent and energy brushing out the bores on my rifles/revolvers/pistols.

If none of my suggestions works then try using some JB Bore Compound along with some patches and a fresh brush as a last resort.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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I will be the fourth person on this thread to recommend using the Lewis Lead Remover. If you shoot lead bullets out of a centerfire firearm, having the Lewis Lead Remover is a convenient tool. It is not expensive, and it is effective in removing small and large amounts of lead, and it does not require solvents or elbow grease. I have been using one for over 30 years and in my opinion there is no reason to use any other process.

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Here the wrap-up, the write up is based on 45ACP on HK USP Elite and 9mm on G-34
Method 1: I shoot 50 rds lead bullets then shoot 5 rds copper plated bullet it may be remove some lead fouling on your gun but not on my gun. I don't know why.
Method 2: When I clean the guns I do this processes:
- Applied Hoppe-9 on the barrel then let it there, soaking, go back with the barrel later on.
- Clean the rest of the gun, then oil the rest of the gun.
- Drink a cup of coffee wait for Hoppe-9 soaking the barrel.
- Used and old .22LR brass brush and wrap it with Chore Boy (CB) copper threads/strings or whatever you guy called it. Make sure that after wrap with Chore Boy the diameter a little over size than the barrel.
- Push the clean rod with CB through the barrel then pull back then push forward LIKES CRAZY for 10 time .
- Pull out the clean rod, blow the clean rod and barrel with the air compressor to remove all the debris.
- Then repeat the process push-pull LIKE CRAZY until the bore is clean.
- The bore is clean around after 3 or 4 times (each time 10 strokes) and remember blow the barrel and cleaning rod to remove the debris.

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I tried Simple Green this weekend and the result was impressively effective.

So I soaked my Glock barrel in a 10% warm Simple Green solution for a few minutes. While it is soaking wet, I ran 5 times with a copper brush through it. After 5 patches through it, the fouling was completely gone.
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Copper wool. Make sure itís real copper wool and not some copper washed steel wool from China. Soak barrel bore in Kroil overnight. Using undersized jag wrapped in copper wool that will fit snugly passing through bore of barrel. Repeat if needed. This will remove most if not all of the lead fouling.

There are some lead fouling that are just too stubborn. If the barrel is stainless using the 50/50 Peroxide-Vinegar solution will work. Donít inhale the fumes and donít go over 5 minutes soaking the bore.
I bought some dollar store "copper scrub pads". I was planning to wash dishes with some of them, and scrub guns with the others. I noticed that after washing some dishes and leaving the scrub pad on the side of the sink that it was running a very suspicious line of rusty water down into the sink. So I put a magnet to it and yep...it's copper colored steel. I just use them for the dishes now, but shake it out and leave it on a soap dish to dry.

That would have scraped the hell out of a barrel. Stick with real "Chore Boy" copper scrubbers.
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I bought some dollar store "copper scrub pads". I was planning to wash dishes with some of them, and scrub guns with the others. I noticed that after washing some dishes and leaving the scrub pad on the side of the sink that it was running a very suspicious line of rusty water down into the sink. So I put a magnet to it and yep...it's copper colored steel. I just use them for the dishes now, but shake it out and leave it on a soap dish to dry.

That would have scraped the hell out of a barrel. Stick with real "Chore Boy" copper scrubbers.
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The brand "Scrub It" you see at Walmart is steel material plated with copper not the pure copper as "Shore Boy".

Similarly, FMJ bullet and Copper Plated bullet are two difference things, those "reload fan-boy" knew about it.
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Donít know if itís been mentioned, but brass/copper screen from the hardware store works wonders with no damage ~
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Birchwood Casey (or Kleen Bore) Lead Away. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this. I've been using this for 40+ years. Just keep it away from bluing it will take it right off.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Birc...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://www.walmart.com/ip/KLEEN-BOR...-INCH/37933503

You just cut a patch to size and push through the bore. I've also seen precut patches but they cost more and do the same thing.
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Donít know if itís been mentioned, but brass/copper screen from the hardware store works wonders with no damage ~
I looked on Ace Hardware and Home Depot's websites for brass and copper screens, and did not find anything. Where are you buying it?
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I looked on Ace Hardware and Home Depot's websites for brass and copper screens, and did not find anything. Where are you buying it?
I found the aluminum screen sheet (but not the brass/copper).
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Birchwood Casey (or Kleen Bore) Lead Away. I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this. I've been using this for 40+ years. Just keep it away from bluing it will take it right off.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Birc...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

https://www.walmart.com/ip/KLEEN-BOR...-INCH/37933503

You just cut a patch to size and push through the bore. I've also seen precut patches but they cost more and do the same thing.
How do you do it ????
Do you need the "rubber tip" or "cone tip" or "jag tip" , if yes then what size ? same size as the barrel or one size under ?
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How do you do it ????
Do you need the "rubber tip" or "cone tip" or "jag tip" , if yes then what size ? same size as the barrel or one size under ?
The cloths are kinda thick - almost like felt. So I use an undersized jag with a pointed tip. For a .38 / 9mm, I use a .30 Cal jag. I poke a regular patch on first, then the lead out cloth. If the fit is loose, I take the lead out patch off and add another regular patch or two until I get a tight fit. It only takes a few passes to clean the barrel.

For .45 Cal, I use a 9mm brush, 1-2 patches and the lead out cloth.

The patches work really well. They gently abrade some chunks of lead away, and chemically remove the rest.
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