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Thread: Cleqning copper fouling from a barrel

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    Cleqning copper fouling from a barrel

    I picked up another 'loaner' rifle a couple of weeks ago; a Savage 110E in 30-06. It's a decent rifle. Lots of gun case wear, but not a lot of internal wear. Thinking I would shoot cast bullets from this gun** I cleaned used my electric bore cleaner to remove any copper fouling. I was really surprised to find that the milli-amp meter barely registered @ 40 Ma of current -meaning that either is was cleaned religiously, or it was shot very little. Coming off the Reservation, I'm guessing the latter. The copper was gone in about 10 minutes. A nice surprise from a 20 year old, $150 rifle.~Muir

    (**Savage 110's held the Cast Bullet Association "sporter class" BR records for most of the eighties)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    my electric bore cleaner
    this I have to see!
    ​what does that look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewsher500 View Post
    this I have to see!
    ​what does that look like?
    A magic wand, connected to a battery and bathed in ammonia

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Can you get these over here? And what are people's opinions as to their uusefulness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    A magic wand, connected to a battery and bathed in ammonia John
    And here's me thinking it was a bronze brush on the end of a long cleaning rod attached to an electric drill

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    They can be made for about $30 and some's reverse electroplating. I think the milli-amp panel meter is the most expensive component.

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    Outers used to make them as well - called the "Foul out" and "Foul out II". Dont know if you can still get them.

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    The guy who came up with the design of mine was threatened by a law suit from RCBS when he published the instructions how to make it in the Cast Bullet Association Journal. I told him to ignore them because electroplating was not proprietary to RCBS. HE said he couldn't afford to defend it on any level so he printed a retraction the next issue. This unit works in 30 minutes when Foul Out takes considerably longer. There was an assertion from the editor of the Journal -an ex RCBS employee- that this process "stripped metal from the bore" but I ran extensive laboratory tests on several barrel sections using the unit for as long as 200 continuous hours with no stripping of metal from the bore. Household (non sudsing, non citrus) ammonia is used to put the copper into solution which is much less powerful than that found in Hoppes or Sweets 7.62. I have used my unit probably 500 times. It's a real joy to see a polished steel rod come out plated with copper that once resided in your bore! I don't do it for every cleaning but most of my 2nd hand rifles get the 'treatment' before I start load development.~Muir
    Last edited by Muir; 30-08-2013 at 03:33.

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    I have been interested in this so started looking on the net you can use an old phone charger and stainless rod have a read through here. temptation has got the better of me so i want to have a crack ,i have an old barrel i can try it on first, atb wayne
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    ooo I see a project looming!

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