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Thread: i have several wheel guns....need a cleaning tip!

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    i have several wheel guns....need a cleaning tip!

    i scrubbed the cylinder face for over an hour to get the carbon rings around each chamber to come off.

    i used a brass tooth brush and hoppes #9 gun cleaner and followed up with "never dull" wool polishing wadding.

    took me all day to do four 38/357 wheel guns......there just has to be a way to remove all the carbon that isn't so labor intensive!

    any help is appreciated!

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    I use one of those green kitchen scrub pads (forget the brand name) but those take care of those carbon rings in nothing flat.

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    The only time I did that was on a stainless revolver I wanted to be spotless. I gave that up for a waste of time.

    Avogunner has the solution. That is what I used and it worked in moments to clean off the powder burn on the front of the cylinder.

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    I stopped worrying about the rings years ago. As long as my bores and cylinders are clean im good to go.
    One round at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUCKYDAWG13 View Post
    I second this! Found these years ago and they work great.

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    I figure it’s self correcting, accumulates to a point and then stops.

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    I didn't realize you could remove the rings. I've never scrubbed it off. I just figured it's what happens, especially with a stainless gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LUCKYDAWG13 View Post
    They make stainless steel Guns look like new. Don't use on blued guns! It will take the bluing of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35remington View Post
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    Amen brother! Preach!

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    Flitz Polish. This stuff works good, it won't get it a 100% but it is good enough for a shooter.
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    So dumb question here, if you use anything like scotchbrite or flitz, won't that wear the cylinder over the course of many cleanings ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazoo View Post
    won't that wear the cylinder over the course of many cleanings ?
    'Many' is the key word here.
    If ya stop scrubbing more or less when the crud is gone, it'd take hundreds of cleanings to wear away enough metal to measure.
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    I would use 0000 steel wool if I were inclined to clean the front of the cylinder. IF.

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    Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish works really well too.

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    As many have noted here,, the carbon burn ring area on the front of a cylinder is a bit stubborn to remove.

    Stainless guns,, you can use a "Lead Away" type of cloth to get a lot of it off.
    DO NOT USE ON BLUED GUNS!!!!!!!!!

    But in general,, if you want a pristine,, NIB looking gun after every shooting session,, you'll be spending a lot of time cleaning vs. shooting. Stainless guns show it easily & is harder to get squeaky clean.
    ANY abrasive cleaning method can & will remove metal. Quite often,, folks use various ScotchBrite pads are used to modify the appearance of stainless guns. Make shiny ones dull, make dull ones shiny, and even are used to polish areas where lettering has been removed. I would avoid the use of them on the face of a cylinder,, as it can make a difference over time, if used a lot or often.

    Personally,, I advise shooters in my clinics & classes that a stainless gun is NOT truly stainless,, but it resists rusting & is easier to clean,, in most areas. PROPER care includes the removal of excess dirt, crud, carbon, to where it's functionable,, but not so clean it looks like it was never fired.
    I have seen guns damaged by excessive cleaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avogunner View Post
    I use one of those green kitchen scrub pads (forget the brand name) but those take care of those carbon rings in nothing flat.

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    Yes. The green kitchen scrub pads work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35remington View Post
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    Yup, I call it patina

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    On a STAINLESS steel cylinder you can use one of the lead away clothes and it will be beautiful. Never use those clothes on blued guns.

    Another old trick on a stainless gun is to use a pencil eraser. No kidding, it works.

    Another trick is once you get the cylinder face clean, use some automotive wax on the surface. It makes removing the carbon a little easier next time.

    However, there's really no need to removed those rings. They cause no harm.

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