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Picked up a Romanian SAR 1 awhile back. Prior to leaving on a trip, I tried to quickly clean the thing... :shock: I was amazed at how simple this thing is to disassemble/assemble, however, whoever had this thing never cleaned it. I got the majority of the gun as clean as I could, but the bore, holy crap. Scrub n scrub n scrub with Hoppes, flush with brake cleaner, I still get black patches out of it. No way this bore is chrome lined....it should clean easier than this, shouldn't it? After many hours I'm not down to the copper fouling yet. JB cleaner instantly comes out black---thinking this needs some other chemical, but WHAT?

Anyone have any ideas here? I'm just expecting "minute of bad guy" from this gun, nothing spectacular, but I would like a clean bore. Bore does not appear pitted nor rusted, just horribly fouled up. Any advice 'preciated.

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If you really have to have a clean AK, you are on the right track. Keep at it. That being said, your bore IS chromed but it will still take a long time to get all the preservative out of it if it's new. I don't bother keeping my AK's clean-clean. There is no advantage to be gained. The only thing you must be careful of is corrosive ammo and lacquer/polymer build up in the chamber and on the bolt face. I've fired thousands of rounds through one of my AK's and not had a single FTF. The accuracy has also never dropped below minute of badguy.
 
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