Re: .38 Special and .357 magnum
Excellent post by Mountain Oracle; sage advice.
Originally Posted by MOUNTAINORACLE
"SCRAPER CASE" -- I can only add that an aid to cleaning chamber fouling left by 38 Specials in a 357 chamber is an empty 357 case that has its mouth slightly belled by an expander die to fit the chamber ID. Such a case makes a perfect carbon/crud scraper. You may have to apply some force to push the belled scraper case into a chamber, and it may take some taps with a soft-faced hammer on a brass drift or cleaning rod section to remove it the first time from the chamber into which it was inserted, but it works like gangbusters at peeling the fouling out. Be sure to rotate the scraper case about 120 degrees and reinsert it again, and repeat. That gets the majority of the buildup out, and makes it easier for a brush and either Hoppes, Gun Scrubber, or G96 Gun Treatment to do the rest.
"UBERTI CATTLEMAN" -- I have three of these revolvers, all 4-5/8"; two are in 45 Colt with auxiliary 45 ACP cylinders, and one is in 32-20. The only problem I've had was breakage of two early-Colt-style hand springs, which are easily enough replaced. These break on ANY 1873 Colt-style revolver into which they are still installed. Newer versions have a coil spring and plunger pin pressing on the hand and secured in the frame by a plug screw. Otherwise, my Ubertis have been fine performers and very well regulated w.r.t. POI being POA at around 25 yds, my favorite handgun shooting distance. Groups are tight; the guns certainly shoot better than I can hold as I'm sure they would bear witness if placed in a Ransom Rest. When I two-hand them on a sandbag, they've rewarded me with 1.5" groups and slightly better. Excellent choice and value in an 1873 Colt clone.
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