.357-.38 spl. Fouled cylinder problem/maintenance

.357-.38 spl. Fouled cylinder problem/maintenance

This is a discussion on .357-.38 spl. Fouled cylinder problem/maintenance within the Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; The .357 magnum is new to me. I know that it will shoot .38 spl. too. I've read that there would be a problem firing ...

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Member Array Bart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    480

    .357-.38 spl. Fouled cylinder problem/maintenance

    The .357 magnum is new to me. I know that it will shoot .38 spl. too. I've read that there would be a problem firing .357's in the gun after firing the .38 spl. rounds due to the shorter length. My question is, how many rounds of .38 spl. would I have to shoot for there to be a problem? And, shouldn't a normal cleaning remove any fouling or build-up in the end of the cylinders? Any help in understanding this, and proper maintenance information would be appreciated.


  2. #2
    Distinguished Member Array Rugergirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,954
    What you heard is right, or at least it is with my Ruger GP100.
    Tooh it to the range a few weeks ago, fired 50 rounds of .38 special and then switched to .357. I had a tough time getting the .357 rounds into the cylinder all the way due to the ridge that formed in the cylinders. I ran a brush through the cylinders and it helped but when I started cleaning it I could still feel and see a ridge. It came out with a good cleaning, brushing it pretty briskly.
    If you're going to fire both rounds, just fire the .357 first, and you shouldn't have a problem.
    Disclaimer: The posts made by this member are only the members opinion, not a reflection on anyone else, nor the group, and should not be cause for anyone to get their undergarments wedged in an uncomfortable position.

  3. #3
    VIP Member Array wmhawth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Western Colorado
    Posts
    4,433
    Quote Originally Posted by Bart View Post
    The .357 magnum is new to me. I know that it will shoot .38 spl. too. I've read that there would be a problem firing .357's in the gun after firing the .38 spl. rounds due to the shorter length. My question is, how many rounds of .38 spl. would I have to shoot for there to be a problem? And, shouldn't a normal cleaning remove any fouling or build-up in the end of the cylinders? Any help in understanding this, and proper maintenance information would be appreciated.
    You should clean your chambers well after practicing with 38Spls. I use a chamber brush which you can get at Midway or Brownells. I've shot 38s in 357 Magnum revolvers for some 40 years without any problems.

  4. #4
    VIP Member Array frankmako's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Parts Unknown
    Posts
    3,825
    just clean it before you change to 357mag.
    An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

    Red State State of Mind

  5. #5
    VIP Member Array KenpoTex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    SW Missouri
    Posts
    2,193
    not a big deal...just keep it clean. I've never had an issue with mine and there have been times when I've shot a couple hundred rounds of .38 before switching to .357.
    "Being a predator isn't always comfortable but the only other option is to be prey. That is not an acceptable option." ~Phil Messina

    If you carry in Condition 3, you have two empty chambers. One in the weapon...the other between your ears.

    Matt K.

  6. #6
    VIP Member
    Array ctr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
    Posts
    2,351
    As long as the revolver is cleaned after each shooting session, it should not be a problem. Heat will be a problem before fouling buildup.

  7. #7
    Member Array Bart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    480
    Is there a difference between a bore brush and a chamber brush?

  8. #8
    VIP Member Array wmhawth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Western Colorado
    Posts
    4,433
    Quote Originally Posted by Bart View Post
    Is there a difference between a bore brush and a chamber brush?
    Just the size, the chamber brush being a bit larger. Actually I have used 40 cal bore brushes in the 357 chamber for lack of a chamber brush.

  9. #9
    Member Array Bart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    480
    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    just the size, the chamber brush being a bit larger. Actually i have used 40 cal bore brushes in the 357 chamber for lack of a chamber brush.
    thanks.

  10. #10
    VIP Member Array dukalmighty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    texas
    Posts
    15,179
    I think the type of bullet will make a difference,a lead bullet will create more buildup quicker than a jacketed bullet
    "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
    --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

  11. #11
    VIP Member Array mcp1810's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,976
    I used to use something called a Lewis Lead Remover. It was a rod with a brass screen and rubber plug at one end. Sort of a brute force way of dealing it. Very quick and effective.
    Infowars- Proving David Hannum right on a daily basis

  12. #12
    VIP Member Array Eagleks's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    7,779
    Interesting..... I've never had the problem and I've shot as many as 200 rounds of .38 and then went to .357's and shot a 100 rounds of them, without any issues at all. Out of 5 revolvers, I've never had the issue.

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. .357 Cylinder on J-Frame?
    By cwcaesar in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: April 19th, 2009, 07:48 PM
  2. Keep thumbs away from cylinder gap!!: MERGED
    By NCHornet in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: March 10th, 2008, 10:05 PM
  3. Removing the Cylinder?
    By Joshua M. Smith in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: July 31st, 2007, 09:58 PM
  4. Equipment Problem or Training Problem -- Boston PD Melts Down Pepper-pellet Guns
    By SIGguy229 in forum Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: February 25th, 2007, 02:59 PM
  5. 340 Pd Cylinder Lock Up?
    By NFEDERIC in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: March 4th, 2006, 05:08 PM

Search tags for this page

.357 chamber brush

,
.357 cylinder brush
,
.357 mag bore brush
,
.357 magnum used for .38 cleaning
,

357 chamber brush

,
357 cylinder cleaning
,

357 magnum chamber brush

,

357 magnum cylinder problems

,

357 magnum fouling

,
357 magnum maintenance
,
357 maintenance
,
how to clean a 357 magnum
Click on a term to search for related topics.

» Log in

User Name:

Password:

Not a member yet?
Register Now!

» DefensiveCarry Sponsors