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I have 2 Side kicks.
1 is a S.S. and my 300gr PR Bullets sabots slide down it.
The other is a blued sidekick, with some minor pitting, it is an effort to get the same bullets down this bore.
Is that type from sidekick to side kick? or are the S.S. models "Smoother"?
or is it the minor pitting?
What is the easiest way to "loosen up" the blued barrel ?
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i don't think the pitting would make it harder to load, however baked on fouling would. i suggest getting more aggressive with the cleaning first.
i have used a bronze brush and cordless drill, believe it or not best results for me were using wd40 specialist followed with carb cleaner. i was amazed at the crap that came out of what i thought was a clean barrel. if you use carb or brake clean, be sure to lube the barrel after.

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i don't think the pitting would make it harder to load, however baked on fouling would. i suggest getting more aggressive with the cleaning first.
i have used a bronze brush and cordless drill, believe it or not best results for me were using wd40 specialist followed with carb cleaner. i was amazed at the crap that came out of what i thought was a clean barrel. if you use carb or brake clean, be sure to lube the barrel after.
Do I understand you to say that you run a bronze brush in a rotating fashion in a rifled bore?
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Do I understand you to say that you run a bronze brush in a rotating fashion in a rifled bore?
yes. have you ever tried to get rust and baked on crap out of a never been cleaned muzzle loader? i figure i will save it or finish it, either way you will never know if it can be saved unless you try. so far the only one i have not saved is a loaded one. i ain't messing with it. besides, the bronze brush is much softer than the steel barrel. do you really expect it to damage the barrel worse than neglect already has?

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I would use electrolysis. Basically you take a dc power source and hook the ground wire to the barrel and the hot wire to a sacrificial metallic rod. The rod will need to be insulated as to not make contact with the barrel. Wrapping it a few times with electrical tap tends to work. Fill the barrel with baking soda water mix and let it sit for a few hours.

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or you could do.what I did with a model 94 that needs d major help. about 200 passes with a jag and patch coated with JB bore paste.

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Electrolysis would be my first choice to clean up the barrel. I would follow that up by straight through passes with a fine abrasive and using a good bore guide or muzzle protector. There is no reason to rotate a bronze brush in a rifled bore, and it would not even get into the corners of the rifling anyway in that mode.
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hmm, you have my attention on the abrasive, what exactly do use? i would think it a more effective method but could be a way to go to far.....

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I would start with a kinda loose/worn brass brush wrapped with 0000 steel wool wet with WD40 and a muzzle protector for the rod; give it 50-100 strokes and flush/clean it out and see what ya got.

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I would start with a kinda loose/worn brass brush wrapped with 0000 steel wool wet with WD40 and a muzzle protector for the rod; give it 50-100 strokes and flush/clean it out and see what ya got.
right, steel wool will be gentler than say.....400grit cloth. by the way your avatar is gone........i got used to you guy's pic lol.

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