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    I recently test fired some slugs that were different from what I normally use. Started out with a shiny mirror clean bore. I fired off 7 foster type slugs followed by 4 rounds of birdshot. 12 gauge 20 inch smooth bore. After thoroughly cleaning with Hoppes # 9 and bore cleaner and scrubbing vigorously with a 12 gauge brass brush there is still a stubborn lead deposit around 1 or 2 inches long and about half way down then barrel. How do you slug shooters get the lead out of the barrel?

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    I'm well acquainted with it from shooting bare balls in muzzleloading smooth bores. Best I've found is to get some of the course copper "steel wool," tear off a piece, and wrap it around a bore mop. Stroke it through the bore a few times, and you're back to clean and shiny. Beats heck out of any solvent or brush I've ever tried.
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    +1. I pull some strands from a bronze wool pad, or cut a small strip from a copper Chore Boy scrubbing pad and wrap around a brush. No better way to clean leading.
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    I live in a deer slug only state and have shot thousands of them. The only time that I have ever seen any leading from smoothbore slugs is when they are shot through a choked barrel. Getting leading half way down the bore is unusual and indicates a tight spot. At any case BB and Iofthetaiga have given you good advice for removing it.

    When there is lead in the choke area it usually shoots out with shot in short order.

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    Another vote for chore boy wrapped around a bronze brush with a splash or kroil.

    I once used some commercial hard cast 357 pistol bullets in my 35 whelen and had the most hellacious leading I've ever seen. The chore boy and kroil make quick work of it and pulled out long strips of lead.
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    Thanks Guys. Copper steel wool, bronze bore pad... local hardware store???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce1965 View Post
    Thanks Guys. Copper steel wool, bronze bore pad... local hardware store???
    Bronze wool occasionally available at your local well stocked hardware store, but easier, and cheap, to just order online. You can get a lifetime supply online for less than 15 bucks. Chore Boy copper scrubby pad available at grocery, hardware, or online.

    For gun work, or woodworking, my preference is for the bronze wool, so I keep lots of it on hand. I despise using steel wool, for various reasons.
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    I pick up a 3 pack of chore boys from the grocery store. 1 pad for scrubbing barrels and the others for scrubbing cast iron skillets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    Another vote for chore boy wrapped around a bronze brush with a splash or kroil.

    I once used some commercial hard cast 357 pistol bullets in my 35 whelen and had the most hellacious leading I've ever seen. The chore boy and kroil make quick work of it and pulled out long strips of lead.
    That sounds like the kind of leading you get from blow by. Were the bullets too Hard? Did you ever figger out why the leading was do Bad?

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    Too hard, too small and crappy lube. The trifecta for hellacious leading.

    I ended up melting most of them down to make bullets that fit my rifle and put on a decent lube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul H View Post
    Too hard, too small and crappy lube. The trifecta for hellacious leading.

    I ended up melting most of them down to make bullets that fit my rifle and put on a decent lube.
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