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Thread: Question about aggressive barrel cleaning, what to use...

  1. #61
    Boolit Buddy nueces5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Far south
    Once with an old mauser, I discovered that to remove old dirt it was best to use different methods.
    First I gave him two liters of boiling water, then a kind of cleaner, which I had lying around. Finally hoppes 9. Between each cleaner, a stainless steel brush, with very hard hairs, that I bought a long time ago on ebay, that was the best method.
    Some friends leave the barrel one day with mercury inside.

  2. #62
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    N. E. Ohio
    It took me a couple of weeks of scrubbing with hoppe's and wipe-out along with 7 8mm brushes but it finally came clean. Over night soakings then wire brushing finally did the job. That old Turk mauser has a moderately good barrel but it took an awful lot of work to uncover it.

  3. #63
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Wipe-out removes jacket fouling better than anything I've used. Just don't get it on the stock. Remember that many of these old military rifles were never cleaned with an effective jacket fouling solvent unless it was done with some mercury concoction by an armorer in a depot. I believe the bore cleaner issued to the troops was more of a powder and corrosive primer residue remover than it was a copper solvent.

  4. #64
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    North Central
    I don't think a brass brush will hurt your barrel. I use Ed's Red with conventional methods and it has worked well.
    "If everyone is thinking the same thing it means someone is not thinking"

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check