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Old January 22nd, 2020, 02:13 AM #1
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Cleaning cyl face from lead residue

Blued guns turn white. Bought a treated cloth for blued guns but some residue remains from lead bullets. Any tips, tricks or suggestions?
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Old January 22nd, 2020, 06:25 AM #2
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Blued guns turn white. Bought a treated cloth for blued guns but some residue remains from lead bullets. Any tips, tricks or suggestions?
Oh my, you're not using a "Lead-Away" cloth, are you? They remove lead AND bluing. I've always let the cylinder face sit in a little Hoppes, and then scrubbed with a stiff nylon brush. In my olden days, I used to try to completely erase any trace of a discoloration around the face of the chambers, now I just knock it back as much as I reasonably can and call it good.
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Old January 22nd, 2020, 06:56 AM #3
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Oh my, you're not using a "Lead-Away" cloth, are you? They remove lead AND bluing. I've always let the cylinder face sit in a little Hoppes, and then scrubbed with a stiff nylon brush. In my olden days, I used to try to completely erase any trace of a discoloration around the face of the chambers, now I just knock it back as much as I reasonably can and call it good.
I bought a cloth for blued surfaces and one for nickel. Labeled for each. The nickel warns not to use on blued finishes as did my bud at the gun shop. But after use of the cloth there is still a little white residue. I donít think i had experienced this and a few weeks ago i shot a couple of boxes of lead nose 38s thru a sw 19 that was almost 50 years old but like new. When i got home and started cleaning i thought the gun had been reblued and my nylon tooth brush had removed the reblueing in the cyl face. Lead.
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Using Kroil and a green scouring pad will usually clean up the front of the cylinder without hurting the blueing. As OMC said, "Lead Away" clothes take the blueing off with the lead.
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I use Shooter's Choice lead remover. Once it sits for a few minutes, the lead flakes come right off with a brush. I mainly clean the chambers and forcing cone, but it works on the cylinder face too if I want to remove it.
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One of those rags for blue guns and Ballistol overnight works for me.
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Will shooting a case of lead ammo .38 sp thru 3-4 handguns adversely ffect guns...leaded bores?
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Will shooting a case of lead ammo .38 sp thru 3-4 handguns adversely ffect guns...leaded bores?
Adversely affect your free time cleaning them. Whenever I get too busy to go to the range, I justify it by telling myself at least I donít have to waste my time cleaning them!

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Will shooting a case of lead ammo .38 sp thru 3-4 handguns adversely ffect guns...leaded bores?
Short answer: Nope.

Any lead build up in a steel barrel will come right out without damaging the lands and grooves. The lead is much softer than the steel. This only changes with plated bullets, the copper is softer than steel but it will eventually wear it down a bit - hundreds of thousands of rounds in most cases.
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Will shooting a case of lead ammo .38 sp thru 3-4 handguns adversely ffect guns...leaded bores?
If you buy factory made, you will have no problem. The slight trace of lead in the barrel brushes out with no problem.

If you reload your own, it will take time to learn which bullet, at what diameter and how fast it's shot will work for your guns. Most guns get leaded by reloaders using a bullet that is too hard or they are shooting them too fast.
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