Is PMC Bronze the Problem

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Is PMC Bronze the Problem

Post by Mountain Man » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:50 pm

I am asking if the use of PMC Bronze .45 230gr. FMJ ammo may have damaged the barrel of my Sig P220 .45 Match. I have had trouble lately getting the copper fouling out. This time, I really went after it, finally using some Outer's foaming copper remover. It turns blue as the copper is being removed. When I finally got it clean, I can now see what appears to be scratches/scoring along the sides of the grooves. Some internet research reveals that bronze is harder than brass and contains more copper and less tin.

Anyone else had this problem?
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Post by blue68f100 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:29 pm

It should not be a problem, the barrel should be harder. What your seeing may be just tool marks from the machining of the barrel. I have a 299 9mm that has some rough spots that causes copper fouling every time I shoot it. Some say to shoot and let the copper smooth out the bore. You can try using JB Bore Bright (lapping compound) to clean up the rough edges. I did this to my 229 which make it easier to clean but I still get some copper smears. Does not hurt the accuracy any.

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