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How to avoid carbon build-up on revolver cylinder?

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Post by croesler Sun Feb 05, 2023 9:04 pm

There have been a couple good threads on how to use Kroil to clean a crusty revolver.  Any advice on what to put on a blued revolver BEFORE shooting to reduce / resist carbon build-up in the cylinder groves?   The Kroil does seem to work after the fact, but its slow and a lot of scrubbing.  I would prefer not to let the carbon stick in the first place!  Any ideas welcome!
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Post by Steve B Mon Feb 06, 2023 9:30 am

I haven't found anything yet that hot carbon and lead won't burn through.

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Post by Chase Turner Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:09 am

I keep my cylinder well oiled with CLP, but also use a rag/silicone shooting cloth while shooting to wipe the cylinder down during a match/practice. It does seem to help, but may be more activity you want to do while shooting (also keeps hands from getting too grubby).

When I get home, I take the cylinder off and let it soak in Kroil/Hoppes 50/50. Using this method, I really don't have to fight a dirty cylinder anymore; but I understand it may not be the process you would pick.

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Post by BE Mike Mon Feb 06, 2023 10:17 am

I haven't found anything and a new to me S&W model 18 gets stubborn carbon build up in the cylinder flutes. I've used M Pro 7 and Kroil to take the carbon off. I probably haven't let Kroil sit long enough to work properly. I have a buddy to loves Frog Lube. I believe he says he bakes it onto his guns and it keep carbon from building up. I've never used it, but it might be worth looking into further.
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Post by Allgoodhits Mon Feb 06, 2023 7:30 pm

Acetone is great for cleaning flutes as well as the front of the cylinder. Use in ventilated area and it is flammable. 

Many shooters of compensated guns, will give a squirt of case lube into the comp before shooting. It reduces the build up of carbon in the comp. Can't imagine my it wouldn't work to take a cloth and wipe the cylinder front and flutes before shooting with same. This is the case cleaner like Dillon or similar that has lanolin in it. So maybe lanolin is the key.


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Post by BE Mike Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:42 am

Allgoodhits wrote:Acetone is great for cleaning flutes as well as the front of the cylinder. Use in ventilated area and it is flammable. 

Many shooters of compensated guns, will give a squirt of case cleaner into the comp before shooting. It reduces the build up of carbon in the comp. Can't imagine my it wouldn't work to take a cloth and wipe the cylinder front and flutes before shooting with same. This is the case cleaner like Dillon or similar that has lanolin in it. So maybe lanolin is the key.
Do you mean case lube?
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Post by Allgoodhits Tue Feb 07, 2023 8:43 pm

BE Mike wrote:
Allgoodhits wrote:Acetone is great for cleaning flutes as well as the front of the cylinder. Use in ventilated area and it is flammable. 

Many shooters of compensated guns, will give a squirt of case cleaner into the comp before shooting. It reduces the build up of carbon in the comp. Can't imagine my it wouldn't work to take a cloth and wipe the cylinder front and flutes before shooting with same. This is the case cleaner like Dillon or similar that has lanolin in it. So maybe lanolin is the key.
Do you mean case lube?
Ooops! My bad yes. I will edit, if it will permit me.
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