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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-06-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Copper and Lead Fouling?

Has anyone had any experience with the foam or 'hard core' type cleaning that 'dissolves it all'? I havent had to go beyond hoppes and patches...but i was just wondering...is it worth it to clean it all out? the gun im thinking of is dead on at 100 yards..its prob got 25 years of normal cleaning on it but i know there hasnt been any foam down the barrell ever. i wouldnt want to mess up a good thing, but also wonder if it should all be 'removed'.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 12:07 AM
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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

A buddy of mine is a big gun guy. He cleans out copper and lead filings from his rifles regularly. He uses a product called Sweets. He lets is set for 10 minutes and then runs a patch with peroxide on it down the barrel. It seems to work real good.

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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

There is absolutely no reason you would want copper in your barrel. Sweets works well, the ammonia reacts with copper and turns the patch blue, when the patch is no longer blue you have all the copper out. Be warned, it's going to take a long time with a factory barrel. I like KG12 better, it's acid based and doesn't turn blue, unless you have a bore scope it's hard to tell if you got all the copper out, you can tell somewhat by looking in the muzzle end of the barrel, you can usually see copper fouling there with the naked eye and a light. The KG12 works much faster than sweets
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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

I think Hoppes is fine and there is no need to create 3 or 4 post about the same topics
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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

Hoppes does not attack copper, it's fine for carbon only
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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

If youre referring to me and 3-4 topics, I have them separate as they address different things.
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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

Myself[I'm no expert],and a few others i know,clean the barrel rather well. A 700 Rem,i use for deer,is shot all year long and cleaned out each time i come home. I can count on it needing 3 to 5 shots,next time out to settle in! I've never been lucky enough to have a rifle that would shoot dead on with a clean barrel????? I take my clean gun and shoot it till it settles in,right before deer comes in and let it go till season is over.
Do any of you other folks do this?

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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

Sweets 7.62. Read the instructions and follow them to the letter. Sweets has amonia in it.

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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

There are reports that Sweets will etch the barrel; do not keep it in more than a few minutes. The OP refers to a foam cleaner. I use Butch's first, followed by Sharpshooter Wipe Out (a foam). It turns to a liquid while sitting overnight and does a very good job on copper and carbon fouling. KG12 is good for carbon alone.

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Re: Copper and Lead Fouling?

Sweets will ruin a barrel if the directions are not followed - that is why I said to follow the directions. If the directions are followed then it's safe to use.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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