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Old 04-03-2021, 06:21 PM
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I have seen quite a few threads regarding this subject but just wanted to doublecheck. It should be OK to use a regular bore brush on the inside of each chamber, correct? I understand that scrubbing the outside with wire brush is a no-no but just wanted to double check. Also, is there a brand of gun cleaner to avoid so as to not ruin the finish?
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Use plastic/nylon bore brush only for the cylinder.
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9mmsubgun, why plastic/nylon bore brush only for cylinders?
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Hoppes Elite is a safe solvent to use on Ti cylinders.
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Cylinder chambers use a nylon/plastic bore brush.Outside of cylinder use nylon/plastic tooth brush. Cylinder is coated inside and out with a coating that resists flame cutting. You do not want to scratch/remove the coating.
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This was discussed on here a few years ago and someone posted pics of a cylinder damaged by flame due to improper cleaning. Someone with better search skills than myself may be able to find the pics/thread.
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This was discussed on here a few years ago and someone posted pics of a cylinder damaged by flame due to improper cleaning. Someone with better search skills than myself may be able to find the pics/thread.
This was posted by a forum member of their 986 after not seeing the warnings in the User's manual on cleaning. He used a conventional bronze brush that removed the coating.

This was the result of his next range session after the cleaning:



For my 986, I subscribe to the Jerry Miculek minimalist school of dealing with Ti Cylinders.... this is pic of one of his competition guns from his website. In one of his videos, he mentions only using a mop/swab with cleaner to swipe down the cylinder chambers, no brush, and leaves the outside untouched.

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I was bummed thinking I was going to have to wait to clean the revolver after placing an order but the. Remembered the nylon brushes that came w Glocks. Used one of the glock brushes and everything seems to have come clean. Wanted to clean it up before sending back to factory due to inconsistent light primer strikes and a heavy double action pull. Bummed that an expensive revolver would shave issues right out of the box but am confident that S&W will make things right.
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For what it's worth I have NOT cleaned the chambers on my 929 and only wiped the outside of the cylinder with Hoppes and a soft rag. Have run several thousand of my handloads without any problems.
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OK, I understand now, Titanium cylinder. That photo of the Ti cylinder face is Ugly!..
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A bronze bore brush will not damage the chambers on a titanium cylinder. I would avoid using any type of wire brush on the exterior of the cylinder. If you read the instruction manual that comes with the gun, it specifically states that the chambers should be cleaned as a normal revolver. They tell you not to use sand paper or Scotch-Brite but there is no warning about using a bronze bore brush. My 360 came new from the factory with a bronze bore brush. I doubt very much that the damage in the photo was caused by cleaning as much as it was by using improper ammo.
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