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Old 10-05-2006, 05:57 AM   #1
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bore cleaning

I have a stainless fullsize 1911 and an XD .45 ACP. Is it safe to run yellow "Lead-Away" cloth patches down the bore? The patches clean really well, but I'm not sure if they will weaken or abrade the bore.
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:27 PM   #2
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Why would they damage anything, are they inpregnated (lol) with a cleaning solution? I think as long as you don't use anything containing amonia you'll be o.k.
I personally use break free and Hopes to clean, and for lubrication I use remington gun oil, and standard CLP. I just use regular cloth patches, and if I'm out I'll use pieces of an old t shirt. I have been wanting to use some of the blue wonder products, just havn't gotten around to it.
Old 10-14-2006, 03:56 PM   #3
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The lead away cloths are pretty abrasive - I would be reluctant to use them in the bore for fear of rounding the rifling.
Old 12-05-2006, 10:00 AM   #4
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I have used lead away as cleaning patches for nearly 20 years.

Especially in big bore revolvers shooting cast bullets and on 22 caliber pistols I use for training. I have never seen any indication that they are too abrasive.

Lots of revolver shooters use them on their stainless guns after every match... and those are often highly polished pieces.

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