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I loaded some 250 semi-wadcutter bullets recently in front of charge of Clays and shot all 100 in one afternoon. I didn't look down my barrel til I got home and have been trying to get this mess out every since. I've been running a wet patch down the barrel and letting it soak for awhile then running a brush thru it multiple times. THIS CRAP WON"T COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I were to load up a couple of rather warm JHP bullets and shoot them,would this blow this mess out of my barrel.

After all this I went back a took a close look at these bullets. They seem rather soft.I should probably pull the ones I have loaded now and not shoot them.

Any comments or suggestions? I've not tried a Toronado brush yet but am headed to the gun store tomorrow.


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A barrel plug, some lead solvent, and some patience.... plug it, stand it on end, fill it up, and wait.

Moral of the story..... HARDcast bullets and gaschecks.

Don't feel bad.... I learned it the hard way, too.
 

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hwd---The story about jacketed bullets cleaning lead outta a barrel is B.S--it will actually put a layer of copper over the lead already in there.Stick with hardcast bullets and drive 'em at the right speed to stop those leading problems
 

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Get a good "lead solvent" - some cleaners are lead solvents and some aren't. Apply it with a Q tip or on a patch - let it sit for 20 or 30 seconds - and then get that tornado brush in there and it'll come out. I forget the name of the one I use - but it comes in a small white squeeze bottle ( and stinks like amonia ) but it works. Hoppes has a "lead solvent" as well as a "copper solvent" - along with the old #9 - you might want to try one of them as well.

I've gone exclusively to Montana Gold bullets - all jacketed - in all of my reloads - and I don't even shoot lead bullets in my 22's anymore.
 

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Hello all, I am new here figured I would give my take on the cast bullet problem. Cast is all I shoot. Huntswithdogs, go to the grocery store and get you a choreboy copper pot scrubber pad cut a section off of it and wrap it around a brass brush for a tight fit a little Hoppes #9 or something like it and it should come right out. You fail to mention the caliber or dia. of the bullets. Shooting cast takes some figuring out what to do. But nothing like it when you figure out what you need to do. Also most commercial cast bullet lubes are useless in my opinion. I cast my own and make my own lube practically 0 leading. Hope this helps
 

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Thanks for the replies and suggestions from all! I went to the gunstore on the nite that I made this post. My intentions were to buy a Toronado brush and go to work on it. The guy at the store told me to get the choreboy also. He told me if it did'nt work that he'd give me a brush.
With this in mind,I stopped at the grocery store and got one(had to get milk,bread,etc., anyway) and headed for the house. I finally figured out how to get the strands loose and wrapped it around an old 22 caliber brush til it looked big enough for the bore of my 45LC. I made 3-4 full passes thru the barrel, got out my mini maglite and peeked into the barrel.

THAT SUCKER WAS SLICK AND CLEAN OF LEAD !!! I ran a wet patch down the barrel and let it soak before runnig a clean one thru. I found my leading problem or at least part of it. My barrel also had some copper fouling that I'd not seen. After a couple more sessions with wet patches , scrubbing with a brush and then wet and dry patches , I had a completely clean barrel.

I took it and my wife to the range on Monday. She shot up all of my ammo,about 100 rounds of 250gr hardcast RNFP running right around 900-1000 fps. Upon returning to the house,I pulled the cylinder out looked down the barrel. With the exception of some powder residue, it's clean as a whistle. I reckon this says a lot for a super clean barrel and hardcast bullets. Hopefully it'll stay this way. I'll find out this weekend when I touch off some 270 and 300 gr stuff loaded with H4227 and Win 296 . I'm starting at the bottom of the charts on these but their still moving along faster than anything I've shot yet so we'll see.....

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huntswithdogs, glad the chore boy pad worked. Just a suggestion get another 45 cal brush to wrap it around you will not use as much and plus it will give you a tighter fit. Could be that you did not start with a perfectly clean barrel to start with. You should be able to shoot quite a bit before having to scrub the barrel again if everything is right in there.
 

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:D Hey guys, No lead in my Beretta 96 now. I had fired about 30 rounds of home cast WW's with a little too much powder and had a few small spots of lead in the groves . A worn and also a new 45 Cal brass brush refused to take them out. So a trip to Dollar General for a Chore Boy. Soaked a patch in Outers bore Cleaner ,let is set for a few minutes and after about 10 swipes with Chore Boy wrapped brush I have a spotless barrel again. An other believer born today.
Next reloading session I'm dropping the powder about a grain.
 

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One thing that works very well for me is Lead Away gun cloth pushed through with a jag. Just don't let it rub on a blued gun.
 

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If you have a large number of cast bullets on hand and find leading a continued problem after cleaning all the previously built up copper and lead out, there is a simple way to "salvage" the remaining bullets. Lee tumble lube applied to the bullets, even if they already have conventional lube, will solve most leading problems.

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RMc The bullets were cast in a Lee mold an tumbled with the
Lee Lube. I think my main problem is that they were loaded
just a little too hot.
 

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You may be casting your bullets out of too hard an alloy. Such bullets will not obturate properly and will produce leading from gas cutting.

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