Shotgun Cleaning?

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  1. Calhoun

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    I was talking to a fellow about a problem cleaning my barrell. I have to shoot slugs for Deer in the county that I live in. I can clean that barrell all day and the patches keep coming out Black.
    I was told it is plastic fouling from the wads from the slugs I've been using. Does anyone have any ideas or solution to to this problem? The gun shoots slugs
    very accurately. It drives me nuts!
     
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    There are cleaning solutions at the gun store that dissolve or loosens the plastic from the jackets. You have to look at the labels. A good plastic or brass brush is needed too!
     
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    You can use just about any solvent, and it will help remove the plastic, but the best item I have found for shotgun cleaning, whether it be lead from foster type slugs or plastic fouling (my steel shot wads leave a lot of plastic in the barrels) is a brush called the "Tornado" brush.....I can't remember for sure if it is made by Outers or Hoppes, but I believe it is one of those two companies.
    The 'brush' looks like a bunch of wire loops connected to a central spindle. I simply run a heavily soaked patch through the bore and let it soak overnight, then the next day dip the brush in the solvent and run it through....If you do have heavy plastic fouling, it will come out looking like black snot! (Yuck!). I usually do a dozen or two strokes through the bore, run some tight cloth patches through, then repeat the process. Any lead buildup from the slugs will come out as silver flakes.
    Good luck....................
     
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    Incidentally, for rifled slug guns shooting plastic sabots many experts recommend not cleaning it often if at all. I'd run a mop through it and be done. The plastic fouling is doing no harm and may actually be helping. Often when rigorously cleaned they shoot poorly until built up again.

    All this runs contrary to all we believe about fine guns but in this case it is true.
     
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    Hi Calhoun,

    A good brass brush in 10 gauge for your 12 gauge is a good start.
    Never use a Tornado brush as it is steel and when the loops break they will scratch your bore.

    I have a cleaning rod that i can plug into by power drill and it is a good way to clean your shotgun barrel with a brass brush.
    I have on old brush that i put a patch on with cleaning solvent and it works great. In Less than 5 minutes and your barrel clean an polished as can be.
    Add a good oil after cleaning your barrel and your build up will be less.

    Many solvents will remove the Plastic from your barrel.
    Check to see that they will remove plastic, some will work better than others.
     
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    Good advice to NEVER use a steel brush in ANY barrel.

    I've been able to get every bit of gunk out of a slug barrel with solvent and brash brushes. When using patches, you'll have the best results putting a patch around a brush and running it through the bore.
     

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