Advice on cleaning my 686
I had some lead ball ammo I've wanted to finish off so I shot a couple of boxes the other day. Boy, the unjacketed stuff really fouls the gun. I gave it a good cleaning using Hoppe's and Break-Free but there still is some fouling/stains on the outside of the cylinder, in the indents.
Any suggestions in getting this stuff off? It's a S&W 686 Stainless. As it stands I'm hoping that it will come off over time with subsequent cleaning, little by little. But if anyone has a more immediate solution I'd sure appreciate it!
Get a box of Chore Boy at the store. Take and wrap a fairly long strand around a bronze cleaning brush. Dip in some Shooters Choice. Run through the barrel about 6 or 8 times and follow with a patch. Keep doing this till the patch is clean of lead. Then clean as usual. Lube and your good to go. Good luck.
If your problem is outside the bores use the materials Baldy mentions but not necessarily the bore brush.
I bought a set of 3 brushes, plastic and bronze bristle, at Wal-Mart in the gun cleaning section, about $3, for such chores.
I have been shooting Hard Cast reloads in my GP-100. If I finish my range session off with a few SJFP's the copper cleans lead from the barrel interior and then routine cleaning takes care of the rest.
Try one of these:
Tipton Metal Magic Rust and Lead Remover Gun Cleaning Cloth
Product #: 623952
Our Price: $3.39
Average Customer Rating: 5 stars
I got one and was amazed. It removed the black marks on the front of the cylinder which NOTHING else ever got.
I want to thank-you guys. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I thought I'd wait until the next time I cleaned my guns.
I shot off the rest of the lead ammo today, so today's cleaning was a good test since I had new fouling on top of the stubborn stuff from before. I used Break-Free CLP but tried something one of you guys had posted elsewhere that I hadn't tried. I sprayed on the CLP but this time let it soak for a while, about 1/2 hour. Problem solved, everything came right off!! A clean gun is a happy gun.
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