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Post by mikemyers on Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:31 pm

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I bought my M-52 a couple of years ago.  The fellow I bought it from used it for a short time probably in the 1980's, then put it away.  I bought it, but didn't get to use it much.  I cleaned it once, but before that I hadn't shot it very much.  For the past few weeks, I'm shooting it more, and working on what to do to improve my shooting.  Today I intended to do a thorough cleaning.  

When I got to the barrel, the cleaning brass brush felt "funny" when it was close to the chamber end of the barrel.  I looked in, and saw what I thought was lead fowling.  So, lets of patches, lots of "Shooter's Choice", followed by lots of Hoppe's #9 - now it's better, but it's not clean.


Somehow I managed to get a photo of it.  The photo looks worse than what I see looking at it, but my main issue right now is what to do about it.  Can I clean it at all, or do I need to send it to a specialist?  Can it even be fixed?  Maybe I should post this in the S&W forum as well - maybe someone there has already dealt with this problem.  Here's the gruesome photo:

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Re: Barrel problem, S&W M-52

Post by Bmitch996 on Mon May 21, 2018 3:30 pm

kjanracing wrote:DON’T as in DO NOT follow that guy in the video showing how to take down a 52! He has no clue how it’s done.
Kurt

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I just watched that whole video, it was painful.  Someone should take that 52 away from him, he has no business with it!

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Re: Barrel problem, S&W M-52

Post by dronning on Mon May 21, 2018 3:39 pm

mikemyers,
I'd remove the video just so someone doesn't try to take down their 52 following the steps in the video.
- Dave
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Re: Barrel problem, S&W M-52

Post by bruce martindale on Mon May 21, 2018 10:11 pm

Your problem may the result of a too hot load or undersize bullets or improper reloading. If these are hbwc, the sized case may be swaging the bullet as you seat it. A full (bullet) length expander plug should solve that if that is the case.

Never use a drill to power a bore brush. You can fire brush it. Use a Propane torch or cigar lighter on low stable flame, run up the bore for 5 sec, then brush and patch with solvent. Bbl doesn't get hot, heat flux through the deposit loosens it. Good luck

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Re: Barrel problem, S&W M-52

Post by mikemyers on Tue May 22, 2018 3:38 am

dronning wrote:mikemyers,
I'd remove the video just so someone doesn't try to take down their 52 following the steps in the video.
- Dave
I didn't delete the video, as I found it useful for other reasons, but I did add a note in CAPS warning people not to do it as in this video, and to follow the S&W instructions also posted up above.

Sorry for not doing this sooner.
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