Wherever I go my Colt Detective Special goes with me. And I shoot it a lot. About how many rounds can you fire before you need to perform this deep cleaning taking the cylinder off as well? My revolver has fired at least a 4-5K before I do a complete teardown. Basic cleaning between shootings is all I do.
A suggestion: If (after removing the crane retaining screw on most revolvers) you can slide the crane and cylinder forward as a unit there is a risk scratching the side of the cylinder on the exposed edge of the frame window. I was taught once at S&W to hold the cylinder in place while sliding the crane forward by itself, which avoids the risk of scratching the cylinder.
Stainless steel should not be oiled. It should be cleaned and stored dry. The oil will just attract more deposits and dirt. Stainless should be cleaned and exposed to the air, and in the presence of oxygen, it will form it's own Chromium protective film. Stainless steel is made with nickel, iron and chromium, and as such it has it's own natural chromium film on it, therefore as long as there are no solvents, or acids on it, it will resist corrosion, even soaking it in water won't cause it to rust.
I remove the leading on my cylinders just for cosmetic reasons. But, really, if it doesn't bother you, don't feel it's a necessary part of the cleaning process. In fact, many people like the looks of burned powder and lead on the cylinder face. On blued guns no one worries about it. Double action revolver cylinder disassembly? Just dont do it!
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