Now That’s a Dirty Barrel

Previously we shared some testing I did with the 1905 Ross rifle. (CLICK HERE) Well, when I went to clean the barrel, this is what I saw: the bluest blue foam I have ever taken out of a barrel with GunSlick Foaming Bore Cleaner.

This product goes in white. You let it sit for a time and then push it out. Sometimes I get a bluish hue with my modern guns. Sometimes barely any color change at all. But no worries, this product is not damaging to barrels.

1905 Ross Rifle Gunslick Foam Bore Cleaner

But this!?! Holy smokes! So what’s the deal?

Rifle is over 100 years old. Obviously we got it used. We did clean out the barrel when it came into the armory. But we didn’t use the foam bore cleaner. So…after 15 rounds of British and Greek ammo, we get the firearms equivalent of ancient Japanese indigo ink!

Yowza!

1905 Ross Rifle: Gunslick Foam Bore Cleaner

Frankly the barrel looks roached by modern standards. But as a MILSURP shooter on steel at a few hundred yards, it’s no big deal. But what has now become obvious, this barrel has either never been fully cleaned. So…this is 100 year old corrosive crud? Or maybe worse, it’s so roached it’s stripping significant copper off the bullets during fire.

Note. Only 15 rounds by us.

 

 

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  • From now on, there is blue. And then there is Ross Rifle Blue. Holy smokes!!!!

    Marky

  • guns2317

    I’ve been using that foaming bore cleaner for a few years now. And never had something that…..gross looking come out of the barrel. Ewwwww. I am gonna say you cleaned out more than a few years of shooting on that poor thing.

    • Yup. I could see that copper as a reclaimed mineral!

      Marky

  • Brennen Munro

    If it is copper fouling that creates the blue color, then you may be onto something with the barrel being eaten up with micro pores, and these getting filled with copper. I have not used this product before, but from the times I have seen it used… it did not produce this! Yikes!

    Munro

    • It’s roached. The barrel has plenty of rifling left, but we aren’t talking about cast bullets here either. One never knows until you know, but I suspect that barrel falls apart past 200-300 yards. But as a milsurp reference gun, that’s plenty far for it’s current billet.

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        I know that when you make a rifle barrel, you first drill out the barrel with what is called a “roach”, but I am not sure by what you mean when you use the word “roached” when referring to how the barrel is damaged. Is the rifling damaged, or is it something else? I will be the first to admit that I do not know everything about firearms or the terminology used in describing them, but I do enjoy shooting them!

        Munro

        • The making of a barrel in a particular way is done with a “broach”.

          The term “roached” means it’s disgusting, rotten, and filled with vermin and damaged.

          Marky

          • Brennen Munro

            Thanks Marky!

            Munro