How should I Polish an Airgun Barrel?

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    davidsng
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    Does anyone have advice on how to polish an air gun barrel?  I have a good one and just want to smooth it out so it does not get dity as quickly.  Just want some tip before I try it.

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    elh0102
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    I have used JB Paste, the less abrasive formula. I think it will do a good job of removing tough fouling, not sure it will actually polish the barrel to a helpful degree, but it shouldn't hurt. I used a patch wrapped around a nylon bore brush. 

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    nervoustrig
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    Macros
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    I basically use a ball bearing cleaning rod with the vfg adapter and those little vfg felt wads with JB bore paste.

    First remove breech oring and clean the barrel as best I can with a patchworm and ballistol.

    Then the JB, using smooth strokes from the breech end, with more strokes applied at the breech than the crown. Obviously be very careful when the patches are coming out the crown end – I make sure they never make it out all the way, to prevent damaging. Occasionally I've found subtle rough patches, which I also focus on. You'll see variations in how many strokes people recommend, but it really depends on whether you're just trying to subtly improve a good barrel (few) or save/resurrect a bad or ruined one.

    After that, clean really well with the patchworm again, assemble and re-lead.

    I've never had JB make a barrel worse, only better in terms of accuracy, fouling or both. Some have been revelatory – in particular my red wolf barrel which started out very good, but is now magnificent 🎉

    Good luck!

     

    PS – I see Nervoustrig has given a link while I was scribbling my post – his explanation is really good and better written than mine! Follow that and you won't go wrong 💪

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    ironlion269
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    There's a series of Czechs you can do but there must'nt be any Balkan between them

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    STO
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    So I just want to highlight nervoustrig's guide on JB Bore Paste. The stuff has worked miracles for me, and it (in my opinion) is worth following his tunnel of links to see his guide on the subject. Every time he posts this, I give it a thumbs up because I've had such great experiences with it. 

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    Richardo
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    If the bore is good, personality I wouldn’t put it at risk of being damaged by polishing it. Instead if there was fouling I would clean it with conventional materials. 

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    stoti
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    All good advice. If you go slow and be careful, it’s pretty hard to damage a barrel with JB bore paste. Even if the results aren’t astonishing, there’s almost always something to be gained, either fewer cleanings or better accuracy and almost never any adverse effects. Take your time.

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    Just shoot it..

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    davidsng
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    Thanks for the great advice.  I'll be +1-ing for all who took the time to give me good advice above. Thx. I'll give the JB stuff a try. First.

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    Swami
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    I would go for the jb paste and rod then clean with ballistol and pull throughs. 

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    Cranky1
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    I just clean my barrel with ballistol and used flitz polish in the same fashion that most people have used the jb. It made a huge impact on cleaning my gun and I can shoot about 4times as many pellets between cleanings. 

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    MScottLeeman
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    I've used JB Bore paste as well as,and often followed with Flitz. Never had any adverse effects,only improvement.

    For regular cleaning I use Ballistol or Goo Gone on a cut up t shirt for patches and a coated cleaning rod…that I keep Clean!

    Mike

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    ranedouglas
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    …my hunting buddy used some kind of car wax or car polish to get his .177 mrod to act right….he was pissed that that barrel was so bad, but he was on the waiting list to get this mrod before they were released.   i remember those barrels having problems when they first came out – especially the .25 mrods.  he also lapped his barrel…..that's a lot of work , but many of the current benjamin 392's have strange barrels.  you can feel the pellet getting bottlenecked here and there, and breaks free for some inches before the muzzle when i push a .22 pellet thru with a cleaning rod… i used that car polish that had some tiny grit in it , but it was a useless waste of time.   if you have a good accurate barrel , i'd leave it alone.  airgun bores are delicate. 

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    Mrshosted
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    Ernest Rowe has a video floating a round on this very thing. With how to and what to use, check it out.

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    nervoustrig
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    Gerry52
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    "Ironlion269" ha ha. If Uruguay you're probably good with tools but I've Senegal who's pretty good with them also.

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    stoti
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    Yeah, IrolLion, just saw that, cracked me up!!!

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