I have a Savage BVSS in .308, it shoots nicely. After a shooting session 60 rounds I clean the rifle. I used hoppes #9, and get a lot of carbon out, patches are nearly clean when I am finished. I am soaking and patching no brushes. I then patch any excess cleaner.
Next I fill the barrel with Wipe Out, about 3 hours later I give it another squirt. (According to the W/O directions you don't need to brush the barrel!). I allow it to sit over night and patch it out. I might get a tiny bit of carbon, very small amount, but never any (copper) blue! I have even tried the W/O accelerator, with the W/O for a second 24 hr application, still no copper!
I can't believe that a factory Savage barrel doesn't copper foul.
One thing I do is I coat the barrel with lock ease before I fire the first round. Could that layer of graphite be protecting the barrel from copper fouling?
I got that tip from a varmint huntner/match shooter. He stumbled upon it on another message board, and swears it protects the barrel, cuts down copper fouling, and reduces fouling shots after cleaning.
As far as I can see the barrel looks fine, I don't have a bore scope to confirm, but don't have any problems. It's just that not seeing any copper is confusing the hell out of me!
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It's just that not seeing any copper is confusing the hell out of me!
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I'd loose no sleep over that. Heck as they say, don't look a gift horse in the mouth, don't shoot the goose that layed the golden egg, etc.
Just keep shooting and watchin' and keep us posted on long term progress.
If you really would be more comfortable with copper fouling, I could send you a barrel to fill your needs. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
I run a clean patch to within 1/2" of the muzzle and with the sun at my back (sometimes sun is scarce 'round these here parts)and shining on the crown take a peak. Copper stands out nicely. If you don't see any maybe it isn't there. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
"Fenced yards ain't hole cards and like as not never will be, reason for rhymers and old five and dimers like me."
Another way to check for a clean barrel ,is to push a cotton bud about 3/8" into the muzzel,this is the best quick way of checking I have found.All though first you have to take the other end out of your ear first. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]