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Old 05-20-2019, 09:20 AM
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Cleaning the crud off of a Ruger Wrangler aluminum backstrap



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After a long shooting session with my SS or Bearcat, there is powder residue and lead build-up on the underside of the backstrap, above the forcing cone. I've been using a flattened 30-30 case (brass) as a scraper tool to get it off.

This weekend I was wondering if the aluminum frame of the Wrangler will tolerate that method of cleaning. Has anyone fired there Wrangler enough yet to be faced with clearing the deposits from the Wrangler top strap?
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Are you talking about the gap between the forcing cone (barrel) and the frame?
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I think he means the top strap.
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Ha. Yes, the top strap. Sorry.

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Are you talking about the gap between the forcing cone (barrel) and the frame?
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Rule of thumb for any surface:
Use a scraper that is softer than the surface being cleaned.
In your case I would soften with a mild solvent and scrape with a credit card. Maybe your wife's rather than your own
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The credit card idea is interesting. Not sure though if plastic will be tough enough to scrape away lead deposits.

I don't have the Wrangler yet, so my experiences are limited to the steel framed bearcat and single six. Both are impervious to using a brass scraper.
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A lot of solvent and a nylon brush. I think you are going to find out real quick how good that ceracoat finish is.
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On my Single Six, I wet the area with solvent, allow it to sit for several minutes and then use a bristle brush to remove the crud. After that, I wipe dry with clean patches.
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I think you are going to find out real quick how good that ceracoat finish is.

Agreed! It won't be long until new owners report here on RFC about the durability of the Wrangler's finish.
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Aluminum self-protects by the formation of aluminum oxide, so you want to avoid scraping off this layer.

Chore-Boy [copper wool] cleaning pads will be tougher than the lead, but softer than the aluminum [and tougher than the nylon bristles already posted] and a better choice than brass [which is of course, harder than copper and might eventually scour thru the aluminum oxide layer.]

That's my suggestion.
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I'm wondering if the ceracoat finish will be easier to clean in this case than the stainless steel revolvers? Maybe ceracoat is a slicker finish?
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I'm wondering if the ceracoat finish will be easier to clean in this case than the stainless steel revolvers? Maybe ceracoat is a slicker finish?
I have a S&W 642 that has a clear coat finish. They had all kinds of problems with it flaking off. Mine didn't flake but it didn't last on the bottom of the top strap it has been raw aluminum for years.

This gun has been built to a price point. Some people will see any finish imperfections as honest wear and some will be upset by it.
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I Stopped By My Local Gun Shop Today (Wrangler)

I was having new tires installed on my wife’s car this morning and decided to visit the gun shop next door. Got the usual Hi can I help you ? from the owner. Asked him if he had received a Wrangler yet ? His reply was , “what’s that” ? I told him it’s a new revolver from Ruger. He went on about how Ruger doesn’t give a $&#@ about the brick and mortar shops like his that built Rugers business. How does a shop compete with web companies almost giving product away ? He also said that business was terrible. Boy new tires sure make a car drive like new !
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I was having new tires installed on my wife’s car this morning and decided to visit the gun shop next door. Got the usual Hi can I help you ? from the owner. Asked him if he had received a Wrangler yet ? His reply was , “what’s that” ? I told him it’s a new revolver from Ruger. He went on about how Ruger doesn’t give a $&#@ about the brick and mortar shops like his that built Rugers business. How does a shop compete with web companies almost giving product away ? He also said that business was terrible. Boy new tires sure make a car drive like new !
Ruger doesn't, because they only sell to distributers. If the LGS has a poor opinion of someone on Ruger's behalf, they should point the blame where it lies...with the distributers.
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