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.38 Special in a .357

This is a discussion on .38 Special in a .357 within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I've had this be a little bit of an issue. I have a 2" Rossi .357, which 95% of the time I practice with .38 ...

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    I've had this be a little bit of an issue. I have a 2" Rossi .357, which 95% of the time I practice with .38 special. The cylinders have that ring of residue at the end of the .38 cartridges, and it does make it a little tight when I later shoot .357 magnum rounds and eject them - it never jams (yet) but it can be a little tight.

    I'll ask - how does one get rid of this extra fouling in the cylinder chambers? I've soaked it in Hoppes #9, I run the brass brush through it just as I do for the barrel, I run solvent-soaked patches through, nothing seems to take this powder residue off. I even rotate and run back and forth and back and forth on the brass cleaning rod/brush with extra solvent, and when I dry it out and look down the cylinder, the ring of crud is still there. I'm contemplating putting a brass brush on a dremel to clean it out, but I don't want to go overboard on it, especially since the pistol still shoots nicely. The idea of a dremel in a pistol makes me nervous, even though the brass brush should be much softer than the stainless steel of the cylinder.

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    The problem I've found is the brass brush is sized for the bore, not the chamber. The cylinder is too big to be effectively cleaned by a bore brush when the fouling is perhaps lead fouling from soft lead bullets. I have had success with a Hoppe's lead fouling tool that uses brass screens attached to a rubber jag that is effective in removing lead fouling from chambers and forcing cones. I can't remember where I purchased the one I use, but I've had it for 15 years.
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    Never gave it that much thought. I used to use 38, mostly military ball, in my 357 all the time. I did clean the firearm after every trip to the range though.

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