My dumb cleaning question for the day.

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    TallTLynn
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    My dumb cleaning question for the day.
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    I haven't had a revolver in like forever (at least not one I go shoot) and am wondering what's the easiest way to clean the cylinders?

    I pulled it out of the safe and noticed it could stand a bit of a cleaning - because of dust mostly and wanted to do a thorough job on it.

    Any and all help would be appreciated.

    Thank you.


    warpig883
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    Just swab em out Tlynn, I usually remove the cylinder and drop it in a can of solvent to soak.

    If it is just dust then an oily rag on a cleaning jag will do the trick
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    A little late, but better late than never.

    Since it hasn,t seen action in a while, I'd remove the cylinder and grips, then spray the whole thing down with brake rotor cleaner. Let it sit for a minute or two, then spray it clean with compressed air. I'd then oil it up and cycle it several times just for fun before putting it to bed again.

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    TallTLynn
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    Oh dear...the grips I know how to remove (but the cylinder????).

    Dang time to go find the book again I can tell.

    However, I did get it fairly clean - at least for the moment. Figure on tearing it down again this weekend along with a couple of rifles.


    IShootBack
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    Sounds like a good weekend
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    I just scrub them out with a bore brush & Hoppe's #9 (from back to front), then a few patches (damp & dry) ....just as you would with a barrel. Unless the gun is REALLY dirty, you don't have remove the cylinder from the gun.

    Two types of revolvers require a vigorous brushing of the cylinders.......22RF (the outside lubricated bullet leaves a waxy buildup), and .357 revolvers in which you've shot a lot of .38 Special. Since the .38 Spl. is a shorter cartridge, it tends to leave a ridge of crud that makes it difficult to load the longer .357. You've gotta scrub all of that crud out of there.

    Have fun.

    Edited by: Xracer at: 1/8/03 9:27:18 am

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    Right,
    38 Spcl from a .357 Mag really builds up a rim, such that you may not be able to slip in a .357 rnd!
    I clean my 686 cyclinder thoroughly after each range visit, regardless whether I fired 38sp or .357, with a solvent that will work well on lead. CLP is not that great for that. I have used the Remington stuff. Haven't bought Hoppes for a while.
    I also have a Lead removal "tool", but have not needed it yet.
    Like what others have said, for a thorough cleaning, remove that cylinder. Armorers manual helps with stuff like that, if you are not familiar with the steps. Be careful of any reverse threads.

    Xracer
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    Hi NEtracker......thanks for the input, and welcome to TFF.

    PASQUOT
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    HI NEtracker
    On your last post, you mention a solvent that really works on lead. I'm having a real problem with lead buildup on several of my guns. What kind of solvent do you use for lead buildup?
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