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I've just been using a brass brush and some Hoppes on my S&W 625. Brass is softer than stainless, so there's no possibility of damaging the finish. Go crazy. I usually let the Hoppes soak in for a few minutes and then scrub away.


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I've had VERY good luck using this on a Ruger SP101.
Amazon.com : Kleenbore Gun Care Lead Away Gun Cloth : Gun Cleaning : Sports & Outdoors
Caution: It'll take the finish off any gun not stainless...
I've found It works better, quicker, and more completely than a metal brush. You only need a small square to make it work too.
That cloth works wonders.

One thing--keep it away from ANYTHING blued--sights, etc--because it'll strip it down to bare metal.

I have also found that Gunzilla cleaner works wonders in cleaning powder fouling out of the forcing cone area.
 

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Eliminator bore cleaner and a brass brush, it comes right off. Hoppes takes a lot of scrubbing comparatively. Remington bore cleaner works well too.
 

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Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish and a few q-tips. The polish can be had for a few bucks at any auto parts store. Comes off with minimal rubbing and a can of polish will last years. Yes, the more expensive items work well, but not any better.
Note: I have only used this on stainless guns.

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I've used the Birchwood Casey Lead Remover cloth with great luck to remove lead rings on my stainless revolvers. Great stuff.
 

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Another vote for Flitz as a safe and reliable way to get your stainless shiny. I use a microfiber cloth with it, but it takes a while to get a deep clean if I've shot a lot of rounds.

A more aggressive alternative is to use a piece of stainless steel sponge and some Ballistol. Using that method, it takes me less than five minutes to clean the face, flutes, and inside the topstrap, even with a lot of fouling.
 

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Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish and a few q-tips. The polish can be had for a few bucks at any auto parts store. Comes off with minimal rubbing and a can of polish will last years. Yes, the more expensive items work well, but not any better.
Note: I have only used this on stainless guns.

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This. Works great.
 

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I use Hoppes cleaner and one of those yellow/green scotch brite sponges.

The green side scrubs off the rings without hurting anything.
I use a scouring pad as well, except I use mpro 7 cleaner instead. It's one of the better ones out there for removing carbon.

I'd stay away from using metal polishes too often. Once and a while would be ok, but polishes do remove metal. I very tiny bit, but remove some nonetheless.
 
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