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Cleaning a bore
August 17, 2012
12:07 pm
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My Winchester 1890 WRF has a good bore, with good visible lands and grooves. However, it also shows signs of corrosion and probably buildup that could be lead, powder residue, etc. I would like to get it as clean as I can to determine how much pitting/corrosion there is. I have used Hoppe's No. 9 with a .22 bore brush and patches and got some of it out. My local Gander Mountain has a number of products that claim to be excellent at cleaning bores but I haven't used any of them before. Is there something better than the Hoppe's product that I could try? Will I damage a bore if I plug it and leave a cleaner in it for several hours before removing it? I'm sure this has probably been discussed before, but couldn't find an answer to my specific question.

August 18, 2012
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In Canada , at gun shows there is a product called "Gunzilla". I think its the best product for bore soaking that Ive ever used , and I am a sucker for any new "miracle" bore cleaner, so Ive tried many. Soaking overnight is good. but long term soaking is even better. Its not a volatile product, and no ammonia, so long term soaking is OK

Ive never used a cork, just put a fair bit in and rotated every day or two
Corking may be even better?

Anyone else have any feed back on this product?

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August 18, 2012
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One of my favorites is to thoroughly soak the bore with Kroil. It pentrates underneath 99% of the crud that can accumulate in a bore, and it can be left in the bore indefinitely (several days or weeks).

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August 18, 2012
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Thanks for the replies. I know where to get Kroil, and I'll check into Gunzilla.

Bert, did you get my email that I sent Wednesday or Thursday asking for your opinion on a Winchester 1894 SRC I am looking at? If not, I can resend it.

August 18, 2012
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ketch33 said
Thanks for the replies. I know where to get Kroil, and I'll check into Gunzilla.

Bert, did you get my email that I sent Wednesday or Thursday asking for your opinion on a Winchester 1894 SRC I am looking at? If not, I can resend it.

I do not specifically remember it... I receive an average of (70) emails daily though, and my memory is not quite as sharp as it used to be.

Please send it again - Win1885@msn.com

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August 18, 2012
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Bert, I just sent you a new email.

August 19, 2012
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I have used Kroil Mixed with Hoppes BR Gold, and also found that good. I think It was Walt Berger that recommended this mix for Moly bullet shooters. I mostly used it on 6 PPC barrels.

I think I have also seen Kroil recommended as a Storage rust preventative oil

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August 19, 2012
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I purchased a product from Cabelas called Barrel Blaster, Quick-Clean Patches that I use in the 50cal black powder rifle I use for deer hunting when centerfire rifle season closes. Its done amazing things for bores I gave up on trying to clean with other solvents and brushes. I can run a couple Barrel Blaster patches, make a couple swipes with a bore brush, and then another pass with the Barrel Blaster patch, then dry patch and its done. I have been quite pleased with the results. May try it as an alternative to the others and see what you think.

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March 10, 2013
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I have a seriously nice early 32 40 SRC that I cant get the bore cleaned on. I have used the Kroil as Bert suggested, patches from Cableas, Hoppes 9, shooters choice, Birchwood, and Gunslick foam. They all have some effect but still lots of copper fouling ( Im mean the bore is copper colored front to back). Plus it has a dark build up that is scattered and medium in coverage front to back. This stuff and the copper are very resistant to coming off. At first I thought it was rust, but with my new Bore scope, I can see it is a build up. I do see some rust but not much. Maybe more under the crud but ?????
The gun is amazing on the outside. I want to see how good the bore can be. Any more thoughts on this topic.

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March 11, 2013
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If you’ve got heavy copper fouling you may want to try a good copper removing bore cleaner such as Sweet's 7.62 Solvent. Once you get all the copper fouling out, clean the bore with a good bore cleaning solvent such as hoppes #9, and a good oil.

March 11, 2013
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Thanks Mike. Ill go find some Sweets. I have the Hoppes 9..
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