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    Best Lead remover

    Just bought a Marlin 1894 Cowboy and its got lead in the bore close to the throat but enough that I want it gone.
    I have not shot it yet but they must have at the factory.
    I have used everything I have,Butches Bore Shine,Hoppe's,Shooters Choice,M-Pro 7 and wore out a good new bore brush and still some is left.
    What are you guys using?
    Thanks

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    Hoppes #9, wet patch, let it soak. Then a copper bore brush wrapped in copper chore boy. You can get the worst of the worst leading out this way.

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    I put a brass jag on a cleaning rod, cotton patch and then wrap it with a thin layer of 0000 steel wool (20-30 strands).
    I've done the same using one long strand from a copper choreboy scouring pad.

    The Choreboy works better for heavily lead-fouling
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    0000 works better for light lead-fouling.

    Good luck.

    edit: I use Ed's Red on the patch, but any good bore solvent will work.

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    I don't know whats best, when shooting i take a tight patch with turpentine, At home I plug the barrel and fill it with Hoppes and let it set over night i shoot BP. brush then patch the next day. Ive used steal wool it works.

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    1/3 pure turps, 1/3 hoppe's #9, 1/3 Kroil
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    Bout the easiest and fastest thing I've ever seen or used is a trick accredited to Veral Smith. Take a bore brush and wrap around it a piece of copper / bronze cleaning pad or wool. Cedar brand cleaning stuff has an all copper scrubber that when unrolled looks like a piece of chainmail, I cut a piece about 1 1/2 wide by 4 wide and wrap it around tight. It will remove the worst fouling in just a few minutes. If you can't find an all copper scrubber PM me and I'll send you one.

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    Kroil works GREAT for getting lead out of a barrel
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    Carburetor cleaner and a tight fitting patch.

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    Honestly a barrel jag with a cotton patch with some copper wool(chore boy or other found at the hardware store) is what I found works quick, fast and in a hurry. Use a little oil, solvent, grease, whatever you want just to make it easier to pull back and forth. Soaking takes too long when all you need is a few passes with copper wool. I wouldn’t take steel anything to my barrel though.
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    J-B Bore Cleaner. From Brownell's

    FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

    You may have a rough spot in your rifles bbl. You can use J-B & Kroil to polish your bore. That may help eliminate some of the leading you are experiencing.
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    The ammonia based solvents (Hoppes #9, Sweets, etc.) are designed to attack copper fouling and are not terribly effective on lead.

    Removing lead is more of a mechanical process and the oil based solvents like Kroil (my favorite) are more useful. Turpentine is also fairly effective.

    Combining a mechanical method such as wrapping a patch or jag with copper wool (Chore Boy) with a light oil (Kroil) seems to maximize the effectiveness.

    You don't dissolve lead fouling, you scrap it out.

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    0000 a 1/4 inch wide strand steel wool wrapped around a bronze bore brush and any solvent, penetrating oil , bore cleaner , Ed's Red (do a search for the recipe) , J-B Bore Cleaning Paste , kerosene , etc.
    The steel wool does the work, the oil or solvent just lubes the bore .

    Then there is always the Lewis Lead Remover.... I've always had success with the bore brush , steel wool and J-B Bore cleaner or Ed's Red.
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    lotta great suggestions on how to get the lead out.

    and after the leading is out, maybe give paper patching a try for a no-leading load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sw282 View Post
    6 rds of JKTD factory ammo
    yep, hickok45's de-leading remedy.

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    To start I'm with JonB and Lefty. The combination of a little fine steel wool and Kroil has worked wonders for me for light leading. I'll stopper/plug the bore and let a little Kroil sit in the barrel overnight first. That lets it seep under the lead and makes removal easier.

    I have had a couple of issues with heavy leading where it just wouldn't move. I stoppered/plugged the bore and filled it with mercury. Then stand it in a corner and let is sit a day or two. Obviously this requires more care and caution. You don't want a spill and you need to carefully dispose of the cleaning patches when you're done.

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    +1 sw282 a a half-dozen-twenty jacketed bullets clears most leading

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