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Take the cylinder out run a 45 cal or bigger wire bore cleaning brush through soaked in bore cleaner run through ever cylinder several times they run batches until clean and shiny. That is what I do, and my empties fall out without using the rod.

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Flitz (not Fritz) - it's a gun metal paste polish / wax.

 

https://www.flitz.com/flitz-polish-paste/

 

good luck, GJ

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I recommend a tool designed for the job..... a Flex-Hone 45 Colt Cylinder Hone (medium and/or fine grit) from Brownells with correct Flex-Hone oil: https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/handgun-tools/hones-files/cylinder-polishing-system-prod61384.aspx

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2 hours ago, Jasper Jack said:

I recommend a tool designed for the job..... a Flex-Hone 45 Colt Cylinder Hone (medium and/or fine grit) from Brownells with correct Flex-Hone oil: https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/handgun-tools/hones-files/cylinder-polishing-system-prod61384.aspx

Honing and polishing, are not the same thing ;)

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4 hours ago, Garrison Joe, SASS #60708 said:

Flitz (not Fritz) - it's a gun metal paste polish / wax.

 

https://www.flitz.com/flitz-polish-paste/

 

good luck, GJ

Lumpy lets his cousin Fritz do the polishing (but not his cousin Bubba). :)

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26 minutes ago, Abilene, SASS # 27489 said:

Lumpy lets his cousin Fritz do the polishing (but not his cousin Bubba). :)

Honestly,

I didn't know he was German.

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14 hours ago, Jasper Jack said:

I recommend a tool designed for the job..... a Flex-Hone 45 Colt Cylinder Hone (medium and/or fine grit) from Brownells with correct Flex-Hone oil: https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/handgun-tools/hones-files/cylinder-polishing-system-prod61384.aspx

IMO that's way to aggressive for polishing. I just used a 40 cal brush in my 357 chambers and then a 410 mop with time Flitz. They've been slick as a whistle ever since.

 

JEL

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For us, It depended on how tight those chambers were. Our first cowboy match (2017) was with 4 Ruger Vaqueros that were literally taken out of the box at the range. Shells went in kinda snug and extraction got progressively worse as the the gun became dirty. Loading also became more difficult. I did the wire brush/Flitz combo, but the results were minimal. A machinist said stainless steel was harder to polish/hone, than regular steel. So I did some internet searching about this, along with chatting with more experienced shooters and came up with a cleaning brush with some 0000 steel wool wrapped around it plus Flitz. Did a little bit better with the snug fit, but still having loading/extraction problems as shooting progressed. This was all using smokeless powder. So I saw some YouTube videos on the chamber hone, and bought one. The chamber hone in addition to the 0000 steel wool/Flitz combo did the trick.

 

Some final points for now:

 

1. I did this incrementally, step by step, and firing rounds in between. If your first technique works, stop there.

 

2. If it is Thursday and you want this for a weekend match, don't even start. It's a slow process and YMMV.

 

3. Go slow for a reason. Hard to put metal back on after it's removed.

 

4. The internet has a wealth of information (SASS Wire). That combined with experienced shooters/gunsmiths/machinists will help you narrow your choices as to what method will fit your particular situation.

 

Good luck and let us know what worked for you.

 

LDD

 

 

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