Type of Fouling

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by MarioT, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. MarioT

    MarioT Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    Alright. Well I know there is copper, carbon, powder and other foulings. But what do they look like? From what I know, carbon is black and copper is blue. What about all the others?

    Also, a side note. I use Hoppe's No. 9 or Hoppe's Elite Gun Cleaner to get the carbon/powder (others?) out. On top of that I use Gunslick Copper Klenz for the copper.

    Thanks for the help in advance ;)
  2. devildoc

    devildoc Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2006
    Well there is of course powder/carbon which is gray/black, copper which is well copper colored, though when you oxidize it with a copper solvent it comes out blue. Then lead which is gray/black, brass which is......you guessed it brass colored. That about covers it, pretty much anything that a cartridge has in it can foul a barrel, though the major contributors are powder/carbon and copper. As to how to get rid of them, I think the general concensus these days is to start with a good powder solvent with a brush and finish off with Wipeout and a lightly oiled patch. Hope that helps.