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I have been looking at alternatives to an expensive Lewis Lead removal Too. Here is a 50/50 solution of White Vinegar and Peroxide that is said to eat the lead out. But caution is advised: Allow the solution to stand only 2-3 minutes as it CAN damage some barrel metals. Used with this caution it will cause no damage.

Also, it will take the bluing off because of the acidic vinegar. Fill the barrel but do not splash it or dunk the barrel for this reason.

http://www.westernshooter.com/2011/12/fast-method-for-removing-lead-in-pistol-barrels.html
 

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This looks very promising. I noticed in the comments a lot of safety warnings regarding disposal of the solution. Do you have any thoughts on this? I am trying to clean up some barrels from the 70's and this looks like a quick cure IF the disposal process can be clarified.
 

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This looks very promising. I noticed in the comments a lot of safety warnings regarding disposal of the solution. Do you have any thoughts on this? I am trying to clean up some barrels from the 70's and this looks like a quick cure IF the disposal process can be clarified.

I would check with the recyclers. They can tell you how to dispose.
 

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Anyone ever use electronic bore cleaning? I've used on some old and crusty military surplus rifles and the gunk it removes always surprises me. There are instructions on the internet for making one yourself out of parts you probably have around the garage/home. You use it with a combination of water, white vinegar, and ammonia. Works real good. I think I can find a link if anyone is interested. Have a good one!
 

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I'll check it out. If I can't find one I'll holler at ya! Thanks
 

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Anyone ever use electronic bore cleaning? I've used on some old and crusty military surplus rifles and the gunk it removes always surprises me. There are instructions on the internet for making one yourself out of parts you probably have around the garage/home. You use it with a combination of water, white vinegar, and ammonia. Works real good. I think I can find a link if anyone is interested. Have a good one!
I think Brownells has a setup for that. Some say it works and some say no...I still haven't tried the peroxide and vinegar mix yet.
 

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I used straight vinegar in a pan to soak my Colt for removal of bluing. Five minutes soak and then another 10 minutes
with a tooth brush and all the bluing was gone. $3 bottle of vinegar versus commercial bluing removal product at $12. I love the internet for researching just about anything. Yep watch out getting vinegar on bluing.
 

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I used straight vinegar in a pan to soak my Colt for removal of bluing. Five minutes soak and then another 10 minutes
with a tooth brush and all the bluing was gone. $3 bottle of vinegar versus commercial bluing removal product at $12. I love the internet for researching just about anything. Yep watch out getting vinegar on bluing.
That is a dual purpose liquid...removes lead (with the right additives) on the inside and bluing on the outside. That is why ya have to be careful when using it. (I have some cold blue on hand just in case I get some on the bluing.)
 
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