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Old August 22, 2011, 10:46 AM   #1
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Tips on cleaning a Stainless GP100

My Ruger GP100 4 in. Stainless is very difficult to clean. I cannot get all the residue off the cylinder and the area around the back sight where all the smoke and burn marks are. I can clean the bore and chambers just fine, but getting that outer cylinder to shine is very difficult.

what do you guys use to clean these areas on a stainless revolver?

Gunscrubber?
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Old August 22, 2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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A lead away cloth will clean up the cylinder face very quickly if that is what you are talking about.
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Old August 22, 2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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Cylinder face and the grooves on the outside of the cylinder. what's a lead away cloth and where can i get one?
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Old August 22, 2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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Any sporting goods store will sell them. Birchwood Casey makes a good one. I wipied off the rings on my cylinder face in about 5 seconds.
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Old August 22, 2011, 07:14 PM   #5
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+1 on the cloth just don't use it on a blued finish!!
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Old August 22, 2011, 07:19 PM   #6
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I recently tried Hoppes Elite Guncleaner (VERY different stuff from the typical Hoppes cleaning products) on a revolver cleaning job and found that it did a much better job of removing the carbon fouling and "staining" than anything else I've tried. It is my understanding that M-Pro 7 cleaner is the same product under a different name.
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Old August 22, 2011, 08:05 PM   #7
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I only use hoppes but I am not totally satisfied with it. I would try the cloth first
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Old August 23, 2011, 05:46 PM   #8
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Dishwasher

I use a Lead Away cloth from Birchwood Casey as previously mentioned but before I do that, I get the grips off and hose the whole upper assembly; cylinder, barrel inside and out, with Birchwood Casey gun scrubber and let it sit in a plastic parts tray. Then I hit it with a good scrubbing action and a medium bristle GI issue nylon bristle brush. I scrub it good all over and punch the bore and cylinders with a copper brush on a drogue, too.

Then I wipe it all down good and hit it with the Lead Away cloth, using a small plastic scraper to get into the nooks and crannies with the cloth, then I wipe it down again and blow it all out with a compressor, using a needle aperture, being careful of the springs, lube it lightly and reassemble.

But I only clean it when it's so filthy it fails to function.
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:59 AM   #9
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Lead away cloth...works wonders. Should be found at most good gun shops or can order it on line.
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Old August 24, 2011, 07:32 PM   #10
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Lead away cloth for the cylinder. The rest of the gun goes in the ultrasonic cleaner. Doesn't get better than that. If you really want it to shine, mothers mag polish will make that thing look almost chrome with very little elbow grease!!!

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Old August 24, 2011, 07:54 PM   #11
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try mothers mag and aluminum polish it works for lots of things and isn't too abrasive
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Old August 24, 2011, 08:29 PM   #12
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I've used Flitz metal polish on the cylinder faces of my stainless revolvers for many years now; it works well and it works fast. I've also used it to transform many of my matte stainless guns into what looks like nickel plating; my own 4" GP-100 included.
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Old August 25, 2011, 05:51 AM   #13
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Seagal....just adding my own personal observation but cleaning my SRH or sp101 takes twice as long as my 629....I think it has something to do with pourousness of cast steel versus buttery smooth forged steel???? Can anyone confirm this observation??
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Old August 25, 2011, 06:15 AM   #14
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keep in mind the Flitz and mag polish are abrasives. I would avoid these for cleaning.
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Old August 25, 2011, 09:04 AM   #15
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Pilpens: I've used it for quite some time now {since about 1990} with no observed ill effects. Has your experience been otherwise?
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Old August 25, 2011, 11:34 AM   #16
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I have been using Flitz since 1978 with no problems. My stainless guns are spotless and function 100%.
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Old August 25, 2011, 12:08 PM   #17
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Toothbrush #9 & CLP, Oil & Wipe Clean.
Then Shoot 'Em Like Y'all Stole "Em !

Repeat Process Over & Over Again.....
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Old August 25, 2011, 12:17 PM   #18
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Seagal....just adding my own personal observation but cleaning my SRH or sp101 takes twice as long as my 629....I think it has something to do with pourousness of cast steel versus buttery smooth forged steel???? Can anyone confirm this observation??
That would have more to do with the finish, that the metal itself. Ruger's stainless revolvers just don't get the same polish that S&W SS revolvers do.
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Old August 25, 2011, 03:10 PM   #19
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FrankenMauser: Ruger's stainless revolvers do get the same polish as Smith and Wesson revolvers...just as soon as I get them home!
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Old August 25, 2011, 04:46 PM   #20
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I always hit the cyl face and forcing cone with some CLP and a tooth brush before I leave the range, while the gun is still hot from shooting. I clean the gun when I get home but the tiny bit of scrubbing and a coating of breakfree at the range really seems to help.
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