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Thread: 357/38 Special crud rings

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    Boolit Master RED BEAR's Avatar
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    Oct 2011
    outside richmond va
    i had never heard of this . have a 357 the wife uses to shoot with. doesn't like 357 so she shoots 38. after about twenty years of 38s i decided to shoot some 357s couldn't get a single one in cylinder. took home and an afternoon of brushing and cleaning they would slide in again. bought her a 38 wouldn't do that again.

  2. #22
    Boolit Master

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    Mar 2013
    Northwest Ohio
    A longer 357 case slightly belled or expanded to fit the chamber closely. If possible use a all brass case not plated. Hand file saw teeth on mouth make them fine. I use a round jewelers file for this. If you want to make it easier to use or fancier attach it to a handle. 357 max case works well for this tool. Better still might be a 38 55 sized down to 357 if you can do it. To use insert into chamber and give a few turns to scrape out the carbon rings. works quick and easy remove most of it so a brush has very little to remove. A all brass case is recommended since the nickel plating is hard enough to scratch or cut the cylinders metal. When it gets dull or worn simply recut the teeth a little deeper

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    gardners pa.
    I have never had this problem. I have used the nra lube since I started casting. I have been to matches where some people had to clean their guns every relay. let them use some of mt loads and their problem went away.

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    Boolit Master JMax's Avatar
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    Sep 2007
    I made a de leading reamer years ago and found using tornado brushes right after shooting eliminates what little ring I get.

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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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