LOL ... whoever told you that a brass brush will "wear down rifling" needs to get a grip. Yeah, it "might" cause a very minute bit of "smoothing" after 50,000 passes through the bore, but that isn't likely to happen either. The hot gasses and copper bullets traveling at 3000+fps will wear it out LONG before any brushing that you might do. FWIW, using the 3-piece aluminum rods and not using a bore guide will do more damage than anything else.cheschire said:is it OK to use a wire brush every time you clean the bore? Or is it best avoided unless there is heavy fowling? I know it can wear down the rifling in a rifled barrel, but does it cause problems in a smooth bore?
The ports aren't the problem. Clean the chamber with a few wraps of paper towel around a bore brush and soaked with solvent. Repeat until the paper is clean. And think about spending a little more for shells.blutcherama said:Can someone tell me what to use to clean out the gas ports on an 11-87? I'm new to shotguns and don't know what to use. My gun is sticking the cheap walmart shells after about 100 rounds without cleaning. I'm probably not cleaning it well.. learning a few things in this thread. All i have is a bore snake - no brush or rod that hooks up to a drill. How do you soak the barrel in solvent? Do you use corks?