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Question about cleaning barrel

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Hi all,

I bought a kimber gold match 1911 a few months back, new from a local gun shop. When I took it home, I noticed that the barrel seemed a little dirty, there was visible crud in the edges of the grooves. I gave it a good cleaning, a really good cleaning, but was never able to remove this residue on the edges of the grooves. I have since put a couple of thousand rounds through it, thoroughly cleaning it every 250 rounds or so.

It works perfectly, has great accuracy, I had a couple of ftf's at first but I hear that is typical.

My problem is that no matter how much I clean the barrel there is still this crud on the edges of the grooves in the barrel. I don't see this stuff in my sig 223. Am I being too picky? How could I remove this? I have a bore snake, bronze brushes, shooters choice solvent, spray cleaners, etc. nothing seems to remove it. any advice would be welcome
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The best thing I have found is Flitz's metal polish. It removes lead and crud that I cannot get out with anything else.

I have no ability to look at your gun but some times we worry too much about how clean is clean.

It seems to me you answered your own question in that you have shot (successfully) several thousand rounds with no ill effects.

My suggestion is to shoot it, clean it as you normally clean any of your other firearms and forget about the little stuff.

I have an OLD WW model 92 in 25-20 cal.
It has something in the barrel such as you suggest and I have even gone so far as to buy the electronic cleaning kit and still it does not come out.

Now I have had the gun since about 1959 or 6o and I bought it literally while working cattle horse-back from an old Spanish Basco sheep herder. I have no doubt it had many thousands of rounds through it when I bought it and I have certailny used it a lot and it just keeps on shooting. But the stuff was in the barrel when I bought it and is still there and it will not come out no matter what I do. But it has no effect on the accuracy or operation of the gun so I no longer worry about it.

Enjoy your Kimber and good luck. Great choice of firearms.

If you must have satisfaction, you could take it to a gunsmith and have them look at it through a good bore eye or send it to Kimber. Kimber has a very quick turn around for guns sent in for repair.

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