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Unread 05-16-2009, 10:52 AM
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copper fouling?

Hi to all

I ve been spending hours trying to clean my 338 lapua every time i use it. I ve tried two different bore solvents and the current one been tjm bore solvent, but cant seem to get it out fast.
What solvents are people using and recommend?

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Unread 05-16-2009, 11:22 AM
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Re: copper fouling?

Try some JB bore paste. I dont recomend using large doses often, but for a stubborn barrel, it can clean her up and in a hurry. Make sure you brush out the paste when done with a solvent and then swab it clean with patches. Some wet, some dry.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 01:29 PM
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Re: copper fouling?

Here are a few pertinent threads. I use Gun Juice (bore treatment) and KG products for cleaning. I'm interested in trying Bore Tech Eliminator, but I have not used it to date.

gun juice what is it?

Bore Tech Eliminator

KG-1 & KG-12 Bore Cleaning Products

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Unread 05-16-2009, 03:20 PM
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Re: copper fouling?

For quick cleaning at the range, I recommend Bore Tech Eliminatior. I have found out that Bore Tech will eat away at brass jags, so you need to use either a plastic jag or a nylon brush with a patch wrapped around it. If you use a brass jag with a copper solvent you will always get a blue residue on your patch... which might be happening to you now?

The best overall product I have used is Wipeout. Wipeout is a spray in foam product and needs to set for a few hours. You spray it down your bore, let it soak, then patch it out with two or three patches. I usually let it set overnight. I have an old Ruger M77 7mmRM that fouls very badly. The first time I tried Wipeout on it, it took about 7 applications before the bore was clean, but I know it was completely clean becuase I had a gunsmith borescope to check the condition of the barrel. It was down to bare metal throughout. Not a hint of copper or powder. My Sako (which I broke in) cleans with about one or two applications of Wipeout. A whole lot easier than patching, scrubbing and patching for hours.

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Unread 05-18-2009, 05:31 AM
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Re: copper fouling?

I pretty much agree with MontanaRifleman,Wipeout and BoreTech Eliminator are pretty much the best products I have ever tried.I use Bore Tech most of the time,I use Wipeout about every 3rd cleaning.Also,I recomend using a nickel plated jag with these products,because they will attack anything made out of brass,also use nylon brushes like stated above.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 06:51 PM
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Re: copper fouling?

If you're going to use Wipe-Out than you may as well use their "Accelerator" too. The Accelerator really speeds up the process, is easy to use, and a bottle will last as long as a dozen cans of foam, if not more.

Just my 2 cents.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 07:19 PM
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Re: copper fouling?

I like WipeOut as well, although I usually try and patch out most of the carbon fouling before using it.

Among faster acting copper solvents, I've used Butch's Bore Shine, Barnes, Bore Tech, Montana Extreme, and Shooters Choice Copper Remover. For tackling copper, I like the Shooter's Choice Copper Remover best. But Barnes and Montana Extreme are also good.

I've never tried Sweet's 7.62, Montana Extreme 50BMG, or Tipton's Copper Solvent.
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