I have a Ruger SP101 with a brushed stainless steel frame. I clean the bore and chambers with Hoppe’s #9 on a brass bristle bore brush, and the cylinder’s face and forcing cone area with a “tooth brush” style brass brush. I am considering the purchase of a Ruger New Vaquero, a blued .357 single action revolver. Does the use of a brass brush damage the blued finish? Does the cylinder face never get cleaned because you won’t notice the carbon buildup anyway? It would be a disaster if I ruined a new revolver…
My question is: Would the brass brush effect the finish ? Not in the least. On a blued gun some brass may be deposited on the blued steel . It can be removed with a rag and some cold blue .Jan 24, 2009
AlexV, I hate to go aginst the members that have said go ahead and use a brass brush on blue steel, but I will I suggest that you do not do that.
If you have ever looked at a blued weapon that has been carried you will see where the blue has worn off of the high points of the weapon. Granted, it may have taken a while to wear, but the point is it does wear. Blue finish is a surface treatment to slow do the formation of rust/corrosion.
If I have to use a brush on my weapon it will be a well worn tooth brush. In my opinion the brass will scratch the surface and allow small traces of rust/corrosion to start. In the end it is your weapon, what ever you choose to clean the weapon is OK with me, just not my choice.
While true that brass or copper or silicone bronze (which is what most bore brushes are made of) are obviously softer than steel, they likely aren’t softer than your finely blued finish.
It is the finish you want to keep looking pristine, right?
Just a thought on what I use for general cleaning and leading removal. Buy yourself a cheap battery operated electric toothbrush (travel type). Some would say it’s the lazy man’s way out but you will be amazed the rapid results and easy detail work. The cheap brush will last a long time and won’t break down from solvents and cleaners.
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I would not use a brass brush on the the cylinder body just cylinder face. I run a bore brush thru the chambers on the Cylinder with a small cordless drill. Be careful not to Damage the The Muzzle/ crown while cleaning the Bore. PS I use a
brass tooth brush on the inside Of the frame once I have the cylinder out. That’s what I do and may be not what you do. PS WHAT caliber is the Ruger ? And I like the gun bright product too.