Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

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Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by Aufidius on Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:48 pm

Does anyone use Ed's Red on their revolvers? I'm always fighting getting a little leading off the cylinder and I think there has to be a better way. Wondering if Ed's Red is the thing to use, or maybe... ? Open to suggestions for cleaners on blued revolvers to help with minor leading.

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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by Chris Miceli on Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:49 pm

Kroil has always been good to me.
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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by Multiracer on Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:38 pm

https://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-chemicals/patches-mops/lead-remover/lewis-lead-remover-prod21587.aspx

Best chamber cleaner there is. caliber specific. This was proven to me by an old time revolver guy. I thought my cylinder was clean.....HAH !

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Post by Aufidius on Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:43 pm

Multiracer wrote:

Best chamber cleaner there is. caliber specific. This was proven to me by an old time revolver guy. I thought my cylinder was clean.....HAH !

Thanks- I meant more of the vaporized lead depositing on the cylinder flutes (exterior of pistol, not in barrel or chamber) than inside the revolver- or maybe it is just hard carbon, but it is always a bear to get rid of.

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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by JIMPGOV on Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:25 pm

IF ITS A STAINLESS STEEL GUN USE A LEAD WIPE AWAY CLOTH. BUT NOT ON BLUE GUN . IT WILL REMOVE THE BLUING. JP

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Post by Wile E Coyote on Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:42 pm

Iosso GunBrite worked very good for me on blued cylinders.

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Post by rreid on Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:59 pm

Chris Miceli wrote:Kroil has always been good to me.

This is what I use.  Let it soak a while, maybe overnight.
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Post by LenV on Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:07 pm

So I shouldn't use my Arkansas tooth pick? Good question. I wondered what was the best way to get these removed.

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Post by CR10X on Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:41 am

Kroil and a light hand with a copper brush.

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Post by Bullseye_Stan on Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:55 am

The last time I made any; Ed's Red was acetone, ATF, kerosene, and mineral spirits (paint thinner).  ATF and acetone are legendary internet components of penetrating oil.  So, Ed's Red should work well.  I stopped using Ed's Red when I found Kroil. 
 
I am constantly amazed by Kroils properties (both positive and negative).  Never again will I be worried about using epoxy, red Loctite, or retaining fluid when Kroil is available.  The only limitation to using Kroil is that it requires a bit of common sense and some patience.  Less is more when using Kroil.

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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by Steve B on Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:21 am

I strip the cylinder of all parts and submerge it in Hoppes.  It will take a couple days but Hoppes will slowly and safely eat all the lead away.

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Post by dronning on Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:42 am

+1 on Kroil.  It will permeate it's way into or under whatever it is and will make it easy to remove.  First learned about Kroil a long time ago from some Model T restorers.
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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by Blackbird on Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:26 am

As Multiracer says - the Lewis Lead Remover is the proven way to clean revolver cylinders and barrels of leading. 

Kroil works well on the exterior of blued and stainless guns.

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Post by KenO on Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:21 pm

As far as penetrating oil, this is interesting:
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/ot-penetrating-oil-196347/

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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by jglenn21 on Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:24 pm

Yes acetone and Dextron works very well on rusty stuff.. I still use Kroil on my barrel bores..
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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by C.Perkins on Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:30 pm

Hoppes #9 and a a stiff toothbrush has always worked for me on blued cylinders.
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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by chopper on Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:27 am

I've used 50% Hydrogen Peroxide and 50% white vinegar and put it in a mason jar. Then strip the cylinder and hang it from a wire submerged in the solution keeping it off the bottom of jar where the crud lays.
 DO NOT USE ON BLUED FINISHES only Stainless, and soak only for less than 5 minutes at a time, otherwise you''ll get some slight etching. Swab out the chambers, the solution turns the lead black.
 I don't use this method much anymore, I use Kroil and or brass wool now. Kroil is good stuff.
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Re: Ed's Red Cleaning for Revolver Leading on Cylinder?

Post by kashaV on Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:46 am

Kroil works well. However, when you are getting bad lead deposits on the outside of the cylinder it is usually caused by misalignment with the bore and/or an un-square forcing cone. Lead shaving. I would solve the underlying problem.

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