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I made myself a scraper from a spent 357 Brass Case that I drilled the primer pocket out to accept a 8/32 screw & put a nut on the outside & cut the bolt down so I could attache it to a cleaning rod, I then expanded the case & sharpened the inside casemouth with a tapered reamer & now have a great tool for starting the carbon removal process in 357 chambers..
The 686 I was cleaning had saw several hundred rounds of 38spl without the ledge being cleaned & was caked on something fierce.. I spent over two hours on the cylinder soaking it with Hoppes #9 with a Q-Tip & useing my "Tool" then a piece of Bronze Wool/Chore Boy around an old 30cal brush chucked in my cordless drill on slow speed + Lots of Hoppes got it all but spotless, I then followed up with the Brownells Flex Hones to give the chambers a very uniformed crosshatch pattern..
I bet I used 50 patches total..
I was looking down each chamber with an eye loupe with a borelight & could see all the carbon that had built up like a stairstep..
Thought I'd share the Tool made from a spent case..
It realy worked well, Much better than a Bore brush for getting the main burnt on carbon out of the cylinders holes..
Here's a Crappy Pic of it I took while doing the cleaning
Now I gotta make one up in 38 Super for cleaning my 940 after shooting 9mms..
Gary/Hk
 

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Gary,
Great job and a great idea, as well! kfjdrfirii
(I also use a hone on my .45acp target revolvers.)
Often we hear about folks using lots of .38 special loads in a magnum-chambered revolver with no 'issues'.
The issues take place when the user attempts to chamber the correct ammunition after lots and lots of short-case loads.
Proper cleaning, honing and chamfering are procedures long used by competitive shooters.
Don
 

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WhenI first opened up a case & sharpened the end I was pushing it in the cylinder & sometimes tapping it with my elf hammer the pokeing it back out with a pencil or dowel & just though up the idea to attache it to a cleaning rod..
Works wonders Too!!
One of my better Ideas!!
Gary/Hk
 

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Great idea!

I'm going to make one too. I think I'll notch little saw teeth into the end of the .357 casing (to make it like a tiny hole saw) and attach a short little wooden handle so I can rotate the casing to facilitate cleaning.

Then, I'll port it, put skateboard tape on the wooden handle, refinish it with Gun Kote, pin and recess it, and attach a tactical light... :mrgreen:
 

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I just use a oversized .40 cal. brass brush to clean the chambers. :roll: Bob
 

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The Oversized brass had no effect on this Cylinder, I tied that first, This just smooths the carbon over but barely removed any of it though.
Don't believe me how easily it is removed with the brass case, It's amazing..
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Me too Bob, I use .40/10mm bore-brush soaked in Shooter's Choice lead-Remover, works fine!.
 
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