Jeff John

Q: I've heard copper removers used to clean the barrel will remove the nickel-plated finish on guns. Is this true? If yes, how do you clean a nickel-plated gun?

Ed Sharp Woodland Hills, Calif.

A: It's true. Soaking a gun in any of the available copper solvents with ammonia in them can destroy a nickel finish. Nickel plate doesn't bond well to steel and is layered over a copper under plate. Given a chance, the bore solvents attack the copper underneath, lifting the nickel.

I use Prolix on my nickel-plated guns and generally use it to clean all my cast bullet and .22 LR guns, plated or not. Prolix on a tight patch often will lift lead right out of the grooves, too, without resorting to a bore brush, although stubborn deposits may require a brush.

This doesn't mean you can't use copper removers on your nickel-plated guns, just make sure you remove all traces of them before storing them away or you may find yourself in for an ugly surprise.

I don't like to tempt Murphy, so when I clean copper fouling from a nickel-plated firearm's barrel, I use a 1-caliber undersize bore brush wrapped with a patch covered with J-B Bore Paste (Now made by Brownells) and squirted with Prolix.

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