Revolver carbon rings

Revolver carbon rings

This is a discussion on Revolver carbon rings within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; I'm new to revolvers and I purchased a carbon removing cloth, I think the brand is Tipton. It works good on all parts of the ...

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    Revolver carbon rings

    I'm new to revolvers and I purchased a carbon removing cloth, I think the brand is Tipton. It works good on all parts of the gun except the carbon rings on the cylinder - those I have to scrub really hard with the cloth.

    I've tried various solvents first(CLP, nitro, etc.) - but, it still takes a LOT of scrubbing.

    Is there anything that makes it easier to get the rings off?
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    The best thing I've found to remove the rings is the eraser of a #2 pencil.

    I've tried a bunch of other things and nothing seems easier than rubbing the eraser right on there just make sure to clean the cylinder of the eraser shavings.
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    I normally don't worry about getting the "coon eyes" off but I scrubbed mine of good with a brass brush before I treated my SP101 with Militech-1. Now they come off with CLP and a patch and at the most a few passes of a stiff nylon brush.

    To do the Militech-1 treatment I gave it three: 1.coat 2. heat in toaster over to 225 for 15 minutes 3. cool cycles. Don't worry there is no smell to this stuff. Every gun I have used this on just wipes clean. I still use a nylon brush to get into corners but that's because it's the only way to really get in there and two passes and it's clean. It's good stuff and so far with the free 1oz sample bottle they sent me I've treated 7 handguns and I still have 2/3 of the bottle left. This stuff has earned a permanent place in my gun care kit.

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    Hoppe's #9 and a wire brush IMO. That should take the dust off, but the shadow won't go away easily on a stainless or NP³ finish. Just my experience with my former Colt Trooper MKIV .357 mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Hoppe's #9 and a wire brush IMO. That should take the dust off, but the shadow won't go away easily on a stainless or NP³ finish. Just my experience with my former Colt Trooper MKIV .357 mag.
    +1 on what Ram Rod said.

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    #9 and brass cleaning brush is what i use. get about 90% of it. not a big deal to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frankmako View Post
    #9 and brass cleaning brush is what i use. get about 90% of it. not a big deal to me.
    Me too. Constant excessive effort to keep the cylinder face completely clean would likely degrade it and it'd end up looking worse than if the vestige of the rings were left alone.
    Last edited by bmcgilvray; January 12th, 2009 at 12:06 PM.

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    If you do it right away and it helps a bit. Lead free is a cloth that has cleaner in it. That also works. mostly jus a lot of work. If you don't let it build up too much for too long, the lead free cloth works.
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    G96 - have a SP101 that I gave up on as far as the rings go. Warmed up the cylinder a bit - not hot to touch though, spayed on G96, wait a minute, light scrubbing a bronze brush took many years of carbon off the front of the cylinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan29 View Post
    The best thing I've found to remove the rings is the eraser of a #2 pencil.

    I've tried a bunch of other things and nothing seems easier than rubbing the eraser right on there just make sure to clean the cylinder of the eraser shavings.
    +1! Pencil eraser is great!
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    Thanks for these tips. They all seem to work great on my SP101

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    Mother's Mag Cleaner, from Auto Supply. Works great without messing up finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Hoppe's #9 and a wire brush IMO. That should take the dust off, but the shadow won't go away easily on a stainless or NP³ finish. Just my experience with my former Colt Trooper MKIV .357 mag.
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