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Cleaning Stainless Steel Revolver?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by chessney, May 3, 2008.

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  1. chessney

    chessney TS Member

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    I just bought a spanking brand new Ruger GP 100 357 stainless steel revolver. Before I shoot the thing, I was wondering if there are special cleaning tips you guy's use to keep these things looking new?...Ziggy
     
  2. bill2

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    They need oiled or a preserative on the exterior. Stainless is not really stainless in my experences. R/Bill
     
  3. JerryP

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    About the only thing that will keep it looking like new is sandpaper.
     
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    You should worry about the inside of the gun. Most revolvers I have come across are dry as a bone on the inside. Get some oil inside the gun and it will last a long time. HMB
     
  5. noknock1

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    I use a metal cleaner/polisher for the cylinder carbon/stains that happen. I happen to have Blue Magic Metal Polish right now, but I've used others and all seem to work pretty well. Used the stuff on S&W's for years, never tried it on a Ruger, but wouldn't see why it would be any different.

    I always use the stuff on my high carbon knife blades that seem to "stain" more so than other blades.

    Rub the stuff on, let it set, it will start blue, or white, etc, but then will turn blackish maybe a dark grey within 5 minutes give or take. Wipe off with a clean rag and repeat until shiny new.

    I've cleaned other people's revolvers where the cylinders was badly scared with the shooting rings and still had no problem cleaning them right up. Those kinds of guns just take some extra time and patience.

    Also I agree with keeping the inside well lubed. I use Shooter's Choice grease, but as you read, some people prefer oil, regardless, dry is bad.
     
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    If it is not magnetic, it's usually pretty good SS.
     
  7. bambambam

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    I have always used Flitz polish and have had good luck. A little tube lasts a long time.
     
  8. chessney

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    The guy at the shop sold me a stainless steel brush. He said it is a must for cleaning the gun...Ziggy
     
  9. Bruce Em

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    Sorry to have to say this but NEVER use a stainless brush in any gun

    They have hard sharp ends that scratch the softer bores.

    Trust me here. There are lots of snake oil sales men out there and many personal theories and practices on cleaning that dont help or hurt but you dont need that kind of help


    Second on the Flitz for SS but clean it all aff with solvent when done and then oil. Another property os SS is gauling hence the critical lubrication needs. Moly grease is good but you want the kind without graphite. not sure why but that comes from Hammerli.
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

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    Stainless steel is not rust proof. It is rust resistant. Act accordingly.<br>
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    Never use a stainless steel bristle bore brush. Use phospher bronze or plastic.<br>
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    0000 steel wool is your friend for cleaning the face of the cylinder. Dip it in Hoppes.<br>
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    Some metal polishes have fine particles that will discolor metal. Chrome polish in particular. Others have chemicals that chemically attack tarnish, and can stain some metals, even stainless. Be careful what you use, and test it in an area that can't be readily seen, like under the grips.>br>
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    Back in the early days of stainless steel guns, the proper lube had molydbenum dysulfide in it. Especially on autos with stainless steel slide. Stainless on stainless often galled. The long term solution was to make the frame and slide (or other parts) from slightly different stainless alloys. That solved the problem. Owners of early S&W stainless guns often replaced the stainless internal parts plus triggers and hammers with their carbon steel counterparts. Some police armorers did this routinely. As stainless alloys improved, this all became a moot point.
     
  11. BrooklynPrep69

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    Mothers metal polish for wheels does a great job.............Steve
     
  12. CalvinMD

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    I like Flitz or Simichrome polish
     
  13. alfermann66

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    Flitz or Blue Away. I use Blue Away on my stainless colt and stainless S & W. It keeps them shiny and leaves no marks.

    Buz
     
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