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How to clean barrel porting holes?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by gmhgmh, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. gmhgmh

    gmhgmh TS Member

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    Any insight on how to clean barrel porting holes without scratching barrel? Thanks, George
     
  2. semperfi909

    semperfi909 Well-Known Member

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    You mean there isn't even enough pressure at the end of the barrel to blow out the crud????

    And the holes are a recoil device??



    that's so funny
     
  3. Steve W

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    I never clean the ports, there's nothing in the porting holes will change the performance of a barrel.
     
  4. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Me neither...
     
  5. BudsterXT

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    Gas ports for auto loaders or ports for noise?

    If for ported bbls, stick a rag in the end of it and clean away with anything you stick thru it, unless you are cleaning it with a drill bit chucked into the drill.

    I use torch tip cleaners for my gas reliefs on my 870 CT.

    Another idea may be them wire bristle pipe cleaners for muzzle loaders.

    Or just wrap duct tape around them from the outside, and let the ports get filled in.



    Kenny U
     
  6. 3357

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    Brownells sells a port cleaning brush and handle, it works, use rem oil to soften and then clean with the brush, pipe cleaner to finish.
     
  7. andybull

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    I made a small knurled bass piece with a rill bit the size of the holes. Just poke in and out of the hole. WhencI shot aclot, I would spray the barrels with Wd-40 wipedxthem down and that seemed to keep them clean.
    I've shotmy share of live birds and porting works.
     
  8. ZTWITHE

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    Depending on size of the ports, a .17 cal. wire brush works pretty good after soaking in rem-oil or R.G.S or something similar.
     
  9. Perazzi_MX8

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    Use a bore cleaner like Hoppes #9, Shooters Choice or Kerosene and soften up the crud. Then blow the holes out with an air-hose if you have one. You can use pipe cleaners, a plastic bristle cleaning brush, or an old toothbrush, if you don't have compressed air.


    It doesn't take long to realize this is mostly done for cosmetics and it looks the same after shooting one day, or for a month. It's kind of like sand building up on your bare feet at the beach. After a while it falls off and doesn't get any worse. Duane
     
  10. slayer

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    isn't that the way the crud in the barrel works too? Just askin'. Bill
     
  11. legman

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    +1 for torch tip cleaner, they seem to be made for the job. Kenny Bruggeman
     
  12. shot410ga

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    Toothpicks or pipe cleaners.
     
  13. wayneo

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    Pastry tip cleaners, found in any bake shop for about 50 cents. They come in all sizes and last a long time.

    Wayne


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  14. parrothead

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    I use a drill bit close to the size of the port hole chucked into a tap handle.
     
  15. Dr.Longshot

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    They sell PORT CLEANERS One place is Brownells, I have seen then in Shotgun Sports Magazines.

    Use a drill bit the size of the ports, close to 1/8th of an inch.

    Gary Bryant
     
  16. Animal

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    Remove the barrel and lay it on top of your cleaning mat or rags. Get an old worn out 12 ga. brush with a short handled cleaning rod, like a Dewey. Dip a clean 3" patch (submerge it completely) in Ed's Red. Center the soaked patch over the end of the barrel and then push it down past the last ports with the cleaning brush and then remove. Then take another 3" patch, soak it in Ed's Red again, and mop the ports from the outside of the barrel and let soak. Go clean up the other parts of the gun and have a beer while the barrel soaks a while. When you get back to the barrel, put on a good 12 ga. cleaning brush and scrub the ported area as needed. I do my complete barrels the same way, but at the chamber end I use a good stiff chamber brush. This method produces excellent results and shortens my cleaning time significantly. By using the above method, I've never had to clean each individual port hole with anything to get it clean, therefore eliminating the possibility of scratching the barrel with a steel object. In my opinion, cleaning out my ports with any metal object would be like cleaning my ears with an ice pick and a .556 patch. There are special brushes made for ports and gas systems. The key with this method is do it often enough so that it doesn’t get built up with carbon and other gunk from the trunk (S%#T). Again, this is my opinion only and has worked great for me.
     
  17. W.P.T.

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    Clenzoil and a toothbrush ... Do not reuse the tooth brush after use for your teeth ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  18. grntitan

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    WPT,

    Well that will explain my black teeth and the nasty taste in my mouth.
     
  19. W.P.T.

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    Sorry Matt, I just figured everyone would know ... So, how did it work ..? WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  20. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Buy a pin vise at a hobby shop and the exact size drill bit at the hardware store and have at it. Bulge.