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Copper Fouling?

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Unread 07-27-2011, 04:06 PM
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Copper Fouling?

Tried my new barrel out for the first time yesterday. I cleaned after the first 5 shots and then fired a 5 shot group. I cleaned the gun when I got home and these are the patches. Top left was the first patch that was soaked in copper cleaner. The next 4 are dry patches after the Hoppes set in there for about 10 minutes. I then scrubbed the bore with a wire brush and ran two more damp patches through it, the bottom two. I was clean as could be after that. The barrel has only had 10 shots through it, does this look like excessive copper fouling?
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Unread 07-27-2011, 04:26 PM
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Re: Copper Fouling?

looks like carbon fouling to me... unless its blue and I cant tell.. but I reccomend buying some wipe out. I have tried almost every cleaner out there and I have to say the ease of spraying something in the bore then just wiping it out makes me like cleaning guns a lot more that I used to.

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Unread 07-27-2011, 06:35 PM
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Re: Copper Fouling?

I find that the copper comes out easily in most of my barrels but the carbon is the real job to get out and that looks like what you are encountering.
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Unread 07-27-2011, 07:10 PM
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Re: Copper Fouling?

I would have to say it is not broke in yet.

Try cleaning until it comes clean, and then shoot one round and clean for at least 10 rounds,
then shoot 3 shot groups and see how well/fast it cleans up.

You have nothing to lose and you may greatly improve the resistance to foul.

When proper break in is performed normally you begin to see/feel the improvements after
8 or 9 shots.

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