Switching to hammers, strip barrel?

Alibiiv

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When I switched from Barnes I had a good bit of copper. Stripped it bare and now with Hammers I have no trace of copper in the bore. I believe it is because there is much less surface contact in the bore with the Hammers. IMO
I just picked some Hammer 223gr Shock Hammers for my 35 Whelen for some black bear hunting in Maine. I am not certain about "one way or the other" about cleaning the bore out; however, just how do you get the copper out of the barrel from the Barnes bullets. I think I have just about every brand of bore cleaner known to man, I just cannot seem to get the copper out of the bore. No matter what I do, when I am done cleaning the bore I can always see copper when I look at the muzzle end of the barrel. And......I do have to say that the folks at Hammer Bullets are really good people to do business with, and they were very accommodating to me.
 

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I just picked some Hammer 223gr Shock Hammers for my 35 Whelen for some black bear hunting in Maine. I am not certain about "one way or the other" about cleaning the bore out; however, just how do you get the copper out of the barrel from the Barnes bullets. I think I have just about every brand of bore cleaner known to man, I just cannot seem to get the copper out of the bore. No matter what I do, when I am done cleaning the bore I can always see copper when I look at the muzzle end of the barrel. And......I do have to say that the folks at Hammer Bullets are really good people to do business with, and they were very accommodating to me.
BoreTech CU+2 is very effective and can be left in the bore for virtually any period of time without damaging the steel. It isn't overpowering with vapors like many of the other copper solvents either. If after soaking in CU+2 you still see copper then I'd use some Flitz on a tight patch and short stroke it a bit. Then back to the copper solvent. Diligence will pay off.
 

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BoreTech CU+2 is very effective and can be left in the bore for virtually any period of time without damaging the steel. It isn't overpowering with vapors like many of the other copper solvents either. If after soaking in CU+2 you still see copper then I'd use some Flitz on a tight patch and short stroke it a bit. Then back to the copper solvent. Diligence will pay off.
Thank you for the information, I will give it a try. I have some Flitz, just been apprehensive to try it, but....will give it a try.👍
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I just picked some Hammer 223gr Shock Hammers for my 35 Whelen for some black bear hunting in Maine. I am not certain about "one way or the other" about cleaning the bore out; however, just how do you get the copper out of the barrel from the Barnes bullets. I think I have just about every brand of bore cleaner known to man, I just cannot seem to get the copper out of the bore. No matter what I do, when I am done cleaning the bore I can always see copper when I look at the muzzle end of the barrel. And......I do have to say that the folks at Hammer Bullets are really good people to do business with, and they were very accommodating to me.
I use Bore Tech CU2 for copper. If its really bad I go to KG2 bore polish. It wont harm the bore and it is much easier to remove from the bore than JB.
 

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When I switched from Barnes I had a good bit of copper. Stripped it bare and now with Hammers I have no trace of copper in the bore. I believe it is because there is much less surface contact in the bore with the Hammers. IMO
I only shoot 174 Hammers and 178 Cayugas in my T3X in 300 WM and usually clean The barrel with Patch Out with no signs of copper. I saw a post on this site which recommended Bore Tech for copper removal….tried it and was amazed at how much copper (blue) was removed before the patches came out clean.
 

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just how do you get the copper out of the barrel from the Barnes bullets. I think I have just about every brand of bore cleaner known to man, I just cannot seem to get the copper out of the bore. No matter what I do, when I am done cleaning the bore I can always see copper when I look at the muzzle end of the barrel.

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Years ago I tested various copper solvents on different bullets by soaking them overnight and re-weighing them after 24 hrs and the Barnes CR-10 solvent removed the most of any solvent from the Barnes bullet but it didn't do as well on other jacketed bullets so I think it if formulated for their very hard alloy copper.
 

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Years ago I tested various copper solvents on different bullets by soaking them overnight and re-weighing them after 24 hrs and the Barnes CR-10 solvent removed the most of any solvent from the Barnes bullet but it didn't do as well on other jacketed bullets so I think it if formulated for their very hard alloy copper.

Thank you for this information. I did just get some of the Barnes solvent in, have not had time to try it out yet. I just got back from a bear hunt, so....it'll be a couple of weeks before I get caught up.
 

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Thank you for this information. I did just get some of the Barnes solvent in, have not had time to try it out yet. I just got back from a bear hunt, so....it'll be a couple of weeks before I get caught up.
Good stuff, but you need to have good ventilation in your cleaning area. Works on any type of copper fouling.
 

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I was discussing the Barnes bullets with a guy at the range and he said the same thing that Wedgy claims. I told him I use the Wipe Out with the accelerator at the range and use the Wipe Out Foam in the barrel when I get home. He knew I was skeptical and said after I use the foam I should try the CR10. I bought 2 bottles of it and did what he challenged me to do I got a couple more blue patches out of a supposedly clean barrel. I used Barnes TTSX exclusively at the range the day before. So maybe this stuff is the better choice for Barnes bullets.
 
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