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Well I got my 686 last week in 4", I took it to the range on Sunday and even with the 38's it has a kick I will have to get used to, so I plan on going more frequently and using it. What I want to know is what is the best cleaner for the revolver to remove the lead afterwards on the cylinder and other places, I have break away clp and purchased bore brush for my kit that I have for my glock that fits the 357. Can someone recommend other cleaning agents.
 

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What kind of .38s are you using? Out of that 686 it should be very mild unless they are +P which still shouldn't feel that bad.

As far as cleaning, use what ever you like, I use plain old hoppes. If you want to remove the carbon ring on the face of the cylinder, use a brass brush. It you want it spotless you can use a cloth lead remover.

 

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I'm partial to the Brownell's stainless steel cylinder brushes for getting lead out of revolver chambers. They are available in a variety of calibers. They are NOT for bores, just chambers.
 

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Hunter said:
What kind of .38s are you using? Out of that 686 it should be very mild unless they are +P which still shouldn't feel that bad.

As far as cleaning, use what ever you like, I use plain old hoppes. If you want to remove the carbon ring on the face of the cylinder, use a brass brush. It you want it spotless you can use a cloth lead remover.

They were +P 138 Gr I forget the brand off hand, I just picked up some Fiocchi 125 grain 357's have not tried them yet, i plan on going by range after work on Thursday to test them out. Actually I just purchased one of these cloths earlier today, and cleaned it with this wrapped around the small brass brush as yes it was the carbon ring I wanted to clean as well. Thanks guys.
 

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Using CLP should be fine. I use an old toothbrush to remove the crud on the cylinder and inside the frame, and the forcing cone. I run a brass brush soaked in cleaner, down the bore several times, wait 5-10 mintues, and clean with dry patches. ;)

While not brutal, the recoil of +P .38spl. is sharp......but not unpleasant. You might need some handfilling grips......I like Pachmyer rubber combats for shooting. I save the wood for my safe dwellers. Bob
 

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Am using Balistol for most cleaning now. Not so toxic and will no harm wood stocks. Spray in the bore and Cylinders and sit a few minutes, it needs to work. Wipe the cylinders and bore with a tight fitting worn out bronze brush wraped in a patch. Quick scrub with a toothbrush front of the cylinder & inside the frame. Dry everything and finish with a couple of very light touches with Balistol Oil were it needs it.

Only shoot lead and this routine makes the bore shine. Never need to scrub hard.

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