I start with BoreTec carbon solvent until the patches are free of black, Then the real work starts, getting the copper out. I run patches with BoreTec copper solvent then run the nylon brush through several times. I wait 10 to 15 mins the run patches with the copper solvent through the bore. It used to take several days until I read a post about using brass jigs giving false positives for copper (blue patches). I got a set of Tipton SS jags and my cleaning time went way down. My bore scope shows virtually no copper. I do shoot a lot of rounds, typically 1 to 150 per range session. As for the question of using a drill to “ream” the bore, not for me. I do use a drill to clean the blast marks on my revolver cylinder faces. I use a paste cleaner designed for this job and it does help a lot, I tried doing by hand and failed miserably.
I listened to a former Spec Ops sniper say he never cleaned the copper completely from his rifles. He spoke about copper equilibrium. Sounded interesting, but I can’t really comment further. Guess my military experience won’t allow a “dirty” rifle. Still remember getting my rear chewed out in basic by my DI.
Butches has a strong odor. Just be aware of that if doing the cleaning on the kitchen table. Taping a empty liter soda bottle to the muzzle of the barrel will catch the used patches and help some.
Thanks! Great post!I was cruising around looking for articles on cleaning barrels and ran across this by Dave Affleck (sp?) who goes by DAA on a lot of forums. Might be on here. Can't remember.....
He produced a bunch of GREAT varmint and coyote hunting videos several years ago. I think I have all of them and they're some of the best I've ever seen.
He's also written a lot about varmint rifles and I've always learned a lot from his articles.
Here's one on barrel cleaning that will likely make a LOT of use sit up and take notice.
Sooooooo..... Is your barrel really clean? LOL