Cleaning SS pistol

Cleaning SS pistol

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    Cleaning SS pistol

    Hi all,
    I just got a S&W model 627 in matte SS in .357. (my first SS handgun) I put about 50 rounds through it and was trying to clean it and the powder stains seem to be really tenacious to the SS. I tried my normal nitro solvent which helped but there are still discolorations on the outside of the cylinder and around the barrel/frame areas.
    Is there a special cleaner I need to use on matte SS? Is this discoloration "normal" on matte SS? It almost looks like the metal is permanently stained.
    Any help is appreciated.


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    I have this same problem with my polished SS revolver. In the past I was always able to get the stains off scrubbing with Hopps #9 but it takes some time. I also would be interested if there is a easier way.

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    I use BreakFree Powder Blast. It comes in a spray can and is orange scented. I use it on all of my firearms. It may take a little elbow grease to remove the powder burn residue but usually works fine.

    **Use at own risk**

    You may want to try a little *Brake cleaner or as a final resort, *Carburetor cleaner. Spray the cleaner on the corner of a rag or use a Q-tip, carefully wipe the area affected. This should remove the residue.

    *NEVER use these cleaners on a gun that has a blue or black finish. Carburetor cleaner WILL remove your guns finish. Do not get Carb cleaner on anything plastic.
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    #9 and the brass bore brush and a tooth brush will do the job. that's what i use on my model 60.
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    Would there be anything wrong with going after the fouling with a brass bristled toothbrush?

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    Would there be anything wrong with going after the fouling with a brass bristled toothbrush?

    No Problem. Sometimes I just use a bronze bore brush as a scrub brush.

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    I recommend picking up a lead removal cloth...it'll clean the powder residue right off, as well...just keep it away from any blued pieces (ie, sights).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    I recommend picking up a lead removal cloth...it'll clean the powder residue right off, as well...just keep it away from any blued pieces (ie, sights).
    +1 on the lead cloth

    These work better than any of the solvants and elbow grease. A couple of wipes and it's gone.
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    I use microfiber cloths to clean all my guns, bar the barrels and hard to reach places.
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    Gunzilla breaks the bond of carbon, It removes carbon off the firearm better than anything nelse. It's also made from plants and it safe. No offensive odor, No ammonias.

    I have a stainless colt 1911. I was amazed on how clean the firearm look after using Gunzilla.

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    Ok I just ordered the 8 oz spray if this is as good as you say I will have to send my daughter a bottle too
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    Well, I'll get another bottle ready to send.....lol
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    Thanks for all the responses. Since posting I bought one of those "lead removal cloths" and it really does work. I think I'll get a bottle of the Gunzilla too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapRackBang View Post
    Well, I'll get another bottle ready to send.....lol
    Get 1 more bottle ready along with some Copperzilla.

    I had to pay Arizona Tax so does that mean you are actualy the source of this stuff.

    I have a couple thousand cast or swaged bullets on the shelf cause I got tired of getting the lead out. If this works as advertised you will have a number of new customers from my neck of the woods.

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    I am just a dealer. I met the owner in AR during the World SWAT challenge.
    I started Gunzilla and liked it so much I started promoting it to my CCW students. It was just easier to become a dealer when my CCW students wanted to get some.
    It's also the only think my officers use on thier duty weapons, which are Kimbers.
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