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Anybody use a wire brush on their shotgun?

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  1. branwheat007

    branwheat007 TS Member

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    Had a guy tell me that he always uses a wire brush to clean his shotgun. Won't that scratch up the barrel? Just curious.
    Brandon
     
  2. Capt. Morgan

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    I can only assume that he was talking about the inside of the gun and not the outside!

    I use a phosphor-bronze (wire) bore brush to scrub the bore of all my shotguns. Some people even go as far as to chuck a cleaning rod in a power drill and use the brush that way. I can't see any advantage to that. Phosphor-bronze won't harm the bore; stainless steel will.

    Morgan
     
  3. halfmile

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    The brushes sold in cleaning kits are fine. I usually wrap a little steel wool around them and use with a drill motor to remove plastic build up.

    Add a little low sulphur cutting oil to polish forcing cones after reaming.

    HM
     
  4. spitter

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    I use a tornado brush - stainless steel web style, I have never had any issues with it - I thought stainless was softer steel?!

    Jay
     
  5. Buddy O

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    Not me. Bore snake seems to do a great job of cleaning the barrels.
     
  6. Mr Newbius©

    Mr Newbius© TS Member

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    Please extrapolate a little on what and how this wire brush is used so that we may conjecturize a properly formulated response to your inquiry.
     
  7. recurvyarcher

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    Brandon, I had the same question, and everyone assured me that the brass wire brushes are fine. Then I remembered the Rockwell Scale (hardness testing for metals) that we used in our Mechanics of Materials class/lab in school and I realized that they were correct.

    I don't know much about the material used to make gun barrels, but if you know the type of metal and the hardening process used, you can look up the data online for both the gun barrel and the brush. That should ease your mind.
     
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    .50 Cal square cut brush has been on a section of rod for cleaning chambers & chokes for many moons. A dip in Hoppe's and a quick spin with the drill and ..clean & no plastic. They are soft steel and will not mar a barrel.

    Big Jack
     
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    I only get to the tornado brush after build up. I use a Tico Tool (Outers) the wooly stick in between a few rounds, the BoreSnake at the end of the day.

    Jay
     
  10. wolfram

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    A regular 12 guage bronze brush dipped in Hoppes #9 works for me. I push the brush down the tube and then pull it back about a half dozen times and then let everything sit for about 15 minutes and then swab with a solvent soaked mop. Then remove the choke tube and shave that clean with a pocket knife. Reinstall and wipe out everything with a clean patch on a rubber jag. Thats about as cavemannish as I get with the barrel cleaning. The entire process takes about 1 beer to complete, power tools only cut into the available drinking time.
     
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    I do the same as wolfram above except when I use a wire bore brush and Hoppe's #9 solvent I use 10 gauge brushes instead of 12 gauge. Hoppe's and others make them and I'll buy 3-4 at a time when I see them. I use the boresnake after each day's shooting & the wire bore brush every couple months.

    If branwheat007 is asking about using some sort of wire brush on the outside of the barrel, that's another matter. It will destroy the bluing real quick. Don't go there.

    Jon Reitz
     
  12. CharlesR1100

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    Probably not a good idea to use it too often on the wood stock, either. At least not with a power tool!
     
  13. chatbrat

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    I was told it is ok to use wire brushes on chromed barrels, don't use them on high end guns without chromed barrels---chrome plating is used to hide cheaper machining imperfections that most mass produced guns have----Phil
     
  14. Tron

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    Yes, I use a bore brush with a cordless drill. First, lube with WD-40, run it through, then a patch through it.....like a mirror.

    Tron
     
  15. branwheat007

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    I was speaking of the inside bore of the barrel. Guess I need to go and get a wire brush. I always just used mops with a powder solent and then one for oil. Thanks for the info. Brandon
     
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