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Burn Ring removal on front of cylinder.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by kda, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. kda

    kda NRA Life Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    I just has such a pleasant surprise that I wanted to share it with anyone that might benefit.

    My S&W 637 snub nose airweight revolver had black burn marks on the front of the stainless steel cylinder, and the "forcing cone" was pretty black also.

    None of the conventional cleaning aids I typically use (Hoppe's, Hoppe's Elite, CLP) worked very well at cleaning those black burn rings off. I wasn't about to take a bronze brush to those areas fearing I might scratch the outside of the cylinder or other easily seen areas. Yeah I know bronze is softer than stainless but ....

    Finally while at Sportsman's Warehouse I noticed "Birchwood Casey "Lead Remover and Polishing Cloth". Claimed to Quickly remove Leading, Burn Rings and Carbon Residue. Yeah, Sure! But having no other solutions I gave it a try.

    I was in for a very pleasant surprise. I cut about an inch off of the end of the 9" x 12" cloth and started gently wiping the front of the cylinder. Using small circular strokes, not pressing very hard. Short story .... it worked. It worked really really well. Took no time at all.

    The revolver looks brand new and it took less than two minutes to wipe away all of the burn rings and the black crud around the forcing cone. It left the front of the cylinder well polished with no hint of scratches or abrasion. The cloth didn't feel abrasive either so I had no worry about removing material that shouldn't be removed. I don't know what Birchwood Casey uses to impregnate that cloth but for burn marks and rings, it is sheer magic. At least on stainless steel.

    It isn't often that I run across a product that is far better than I expected or had hoped for. So I thought I'd mention it here.
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Those do work very well,......thanks for the tip!

  3. X-Spec


    Dec 20, 2008
    Yeah they work but they also remove the factory coating on the S&W 637.
  4. Keep them seperate from your silicone wipe down cloths! If you use them on a blued gun you will know why!

    Another thing that works real well is Flitz polish. A little on a rag will take that carbon right off.
  5. I've been using the Flitz polish also.
  6. Brandon G

    Brandon G

    Nov 12, 2009
    rem oil will also cut the carbon.
  7. JohnKSa


    Sep 8, 2000
    DFW Area, TX
    Any method that effectively removes the carbon scoring marks (burn rings) from the front of a revolver cylinder involves some sort of abrasive. That doesn't mean it's removing a LOT of metal but it does have to remove some metal or it wouldn't get rid of the scoring marks.
  8. R*E


    May 12, 2008
    It's good stuff but a bit abrasive. I've been using it for years and the front of my cylinder looks like a mirror.