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Cleaning a shotgun barrel.
« on: October 12, 2013, 12:21:04 pm »
This topic came up in private and I felt it time to share on forum.

I have been know to fire a shotgun once or thrice in my lifetime...
In MY experience, most shotgun woes are due to a gritty/dirty chamber, and extraction.
So MY focus has always been keeping the chamber and extraction "clean".

So back in the day, a Mentor used a Sunbeam drill, not cordless, instead one that had to be plugged in, and I am not sure if this all metal drill had more than one speed, or even a reverse.
I do recall thinking this Mentor was nuts, when he chucked up a cleaning rod, with bristle brush and 0000 steel wool and went to town running the drill back and forth into the shotgun barrel, with special attention on the chamber.

Still, that chamber was CLEAN, as was forcing cone and the rest of the fixed choke barrel.

I get bigger, get to doing some shotgun stuff and of all things a newfangled cordless drill come to be. ALL of us used cordless drills to clean and maintain shotgun barrels. Then, someone tried the Scotchbrite pad, instead of 0000 steel wool.

The advantage of Scotchbrite, not being steel, is there is no steel which will become rust. Even though one should run a patch or three to remove "debris" and lightly lube barrel.

I do not know how many times I have cured shotgun ills doing this, still it works.
Be it clays, or hunting, it works and is proven by not only me, also others using shotguns.

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    Re: Cleaning a shotgun barrel.
    « Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 12:51:39 pm »
    I use a cordless drill but yeah.

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    Re: Cleaning a shotgun barrel.
    « Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 01:04:37 pm »
    Hmm.  Isn't Scotch-brite abrasive?  Er...  More so than steel wool I mean?

    I've used a nylon brush chucked in a cordless drill, but neither of the above.
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    Re: Cleaning a shotgun barrel.
    « Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013, 01:48:20 pm »
    I use my brass brush more than anything, but I have forgotten to clean out a gun after hunting salt marsh... yeah steel wool or scotchbrite removed the rusting and got it back to working.

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    Re: Cleaning a shotgun barrel.
    « Reply #4 on: November 19, 2013, 07:04:25 am »
    I've shot trap since the early '70s, and Sporting Clays for the past 4 years, so I've got some insight on shotgun cleaning.  The wads in use today are much more prone to smearing the bore with melted plastic than in years gone by.  I use the Claybuster brand for economy, and they're the worst offenders.  I've also noticed that several makers of shotguns scrimp on finishing the forcing cone in the barrel to a smoother finish, and this compounds the wad build-up problem.  To combat this, I've switched to Ed's Red cleaning solution, adding a little extra acetone to the mix to help break up the wad fouling.  A wet patch of Red pushed through the bore, wait a few minutes for it to work, and then use a bronze brush wrapped with a long strand of a Chore Boy copper pot-scrubber pad pushed through.  This has been the quickest way to get that poop out of there, especially in the forcing cone area.  Four or five passes, and the bore is pristine.
    Chrome-lined barrels are a bit easier to scrub, although not impervious to the fouling.  Another tip is to use those blue paper "shop towels" sold at Sam's Club and auto parts stores - a whole sheet pushed through the bore with a blunt cleaning rod.  All that extra surface really picks up all the loosened plastic in one or two swipes.
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    Re: Cleaning a shotgun barrel.
    « Reply #5 on: November 19, 2013, 05:51:31 pm »
    I have been using an Otis kit to clean my shot guns lately.  The rubber plug does a good job of pushing the patch against the bore and pulling out the smeg.  Think of it as a larger, softer Lewis Lead Remover.

    I have also used the scotch-bright method and it works pretty good to.  Soaking things in Ed's red or other, similarly aggressive solvents make things much easier.
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