View Full Version : does shooting slugs through a gun do something to the bore that shot doesn't?

November 29, 2006, 09:19 PM
I am curious because I have a wingmaster that prior to gun season, the bore was like a mirror, but after firing some slugs through it (it was a back up for my normal slug gun) it appears that right around the forcing cone the barrel metal is scuffed or something. I had just shot some trap with it a couple weeks ago and it cleaned up just find. I doesd the thing with bore cleaner so i am pretty sure it is not powder residue. Is this in any way harmful or could affect the gun?

November 29, 2006, 09:35 PM

November 29, 2006, 11:05 PM
I know exactly what your talking about, only thing for it is serious elbow grease and a bronze brush.

November 29, 2006, 11:28 PM
thanks for the tip.....I thought leading came out with bore solvent. Oh well....I will have to pick up a bronze brush and some lead solvent or something....any recommendations?

November 30, 2006, 09:45 AM
Maybe I've been around too long, but I thought everone knew that foster type 'rifled' slugs would lead a bore with only a couple shots. Even one.
You really should chuck your cleaning rod in a hand drill, put an brass, or worse yet, a s.s. tornado brush, on the end, and use the drill to spin the brush. Never dry brush, use solvent.
By the way? What solvent really disolves lead?
You still need the brush.
I've seen shotties so leaded up it took way more than the brass brush to clean them up!

November 30, 2006, 11:09 AM
I know there is a solvent that helps "dissolve" the lead. You definately still need a brush, IU understand that, but I thought there was a product that helped break down the lead. And I have been useing hoppes #9 or Birchwood casey 2 in 1....i never brush dry.

November 30, 2006, 01:03 PM
I was going to add that I sometimes if it's real bad I put one end of the cleaning rod in my cordless drill, and work the brush vigorously. To answer you other question, sadly most solvents, while they are good at removing some lead, don't quite come up to the level needed to remove the massiave amount of leading from foster slugs. If its real bad, alternate between brushing, and swabing the bore with a birchwood casey lead remover cloth works great, just becareful with it it removes blueing too. I had to use that after one session with 75 sellier & bellot slugs, took me an hour, and there was so much lead I probably should have called a hazmat crew:eek: .