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Hey all, I'm new to the board and I am strongly considering buying a Sig 229 in 40 cal. In a previous thread, I read this:
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Tank, remember two things,,SIG's run better a little wet, if your shooting a hell of a lot, lube heavy, the trw25 stuff works wonders,
and never ever clean from the muzzle, or use any stainless steel brushes on them.

I have carried and shot the hell out of SIG's for better than 30 years, they are a great handgun
Why do you say not to clean it with a stainless steel brush?

I have a S&W 906 in 9mm that I have cleaned with the brush for 7 years and I have never noticed a problem. Is this just something with a Sig or should you not ever clean a gun with a stainless steal brush?

thanks for the help.
 

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My understanding, (and I got this from Les Baer, Chuck Larsen of Rock River Arms, Ross Carter of Carter's Custom Weapons and Irv Stone of Bar-Sto Barrels,) is that stainless steel brushes are to hard for the bore. They will scratch or pit the barrel.

Always use phosphor bronze brushes for long barrel life.
 

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Acp hit it and its a hard topic to get a true answer on.. for sure back in the 50's and 60's and before the barrel was softer than the stainless steel..

No a days i don't know if its still true or not
 

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I've always used the PB brushes, if nothing else they seem to be easier to find. As far as not cleaning from the muzzle, I've heard that too: you should always clean from the breach direction. The problem is, that's not always possible... how do you get a rod into the breech of a std. revolver? Sometimes ya' just gotta do what ya' gotta do.

BTW, welcome to the Forum. The Sig 229 is a great weapon and buying the .40 cal. you'll have the option of converting to .357Sig. Let us know what you decide to buy and how it works for you.
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Welcome :smile:

I would say with SS brushes - judicious use only.

There are times when if having had to delead - that a single pass with an SS brush can finish the job but yes, PB brushes are best if possible. I have found SS very handy to use in revo chambers now and again to deal with something like a persistent burn ring from 38 in 357 for example.

Mind you barrels now are made from good materials and if brush can rotate to follow the twist then I doubt much harm will occur. Opinion does vary quite a bit!
 

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maclean3 said:
I've always used the PB brushes, if nothing else they seem to be easier to find. As far as not cleaning from the muzzle, I've heard that too: you should always clean from the breach direction. The problem is, that's not always possible... how do you get a rod into the breech of a std. revolver? Sometimes ya' just gotta do what ya' gotta do.

BTW, welcome to the Forum. The Sig 229 is a great weapon and buying the .40 cal. you'll have the option of converting to .357Sig. Let us know what you decide to buy and how it works for you.
Jack
2 words

Bore Snake
 

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P95Carry said:
Welcome :smile:

I would say with SS brushes - judicious use only.

There are times when if having had to delead - that a single pass with an SS brush can finish the job but yes, PB brushes are best if possible. I have found SS very handy to use in revo chambers now and again to deal with something like a persistent burn ring from 38 in 357 for example.

Mind you barrels now are made from good materials and if brush can rotate to follow the twist then I doubt much harm will occur. Opinion does vary quite a bit!
I like nylon brushes chucked in a drill to clean the chambers
 

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I see the brush question has been answerred, just want to add that if you get the 229 I think you'll like it. SIG makes a great weapon. And, if you want a little change you can get a factory 357 SIG barrel for your 229.
 

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Bore snakes and power drills? Where's your sense of tradition Bud? You're missing out on all the dinged knuckles and cussing! :wink:
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I love my Sig 229:dupell:
 

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maclean3 said:
Bore snakes and power drills? Where's your sense of tradition Bud? You're missing out on all the dinged knuckles and cussing! :wink:
Jack
What he said. :yup:

Not to mention the occassional cut from a feed ramp.:embarassed:
 

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Sig 229 (357) good gun. Fed bad shooter, LOL. Stainless steel brushes, bad ju-ju. Not in my gun, only a brass brush for my issued (sad face here) baby.
 
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