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I remember reading an article by Ross Seyfried about something similar.Though thought is some kinda abrasive paste on bullets to smooth out bores/rifling...I thought he called it fire lapping?
Is your clapper zapper to do with clapper rails?...do you eat em?
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Yes, Clapper Rails.
I went 50 straight the year of Katrina, on Assateague Island.
Hence the nickname I was bestowed.
They are a waste of shells.

As tablefare, like any shallow, warm, muddy, saltwater marsh dwelling critter, they, ahem, "Taste like the sea".

If you ever get a chance to be polled around near Morristown, NJ, take it. It's very pleasant. Very old timey. Perfect for small bore shooting.

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Cleveland's Claude Cooper copped the clean copper clappers kept in a closet...


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I haven't shot marsh hens (clapper, sora, king rails) in years. Lots of them on the GA coast. Too old to pole and too scared to run'em up with the motor. I thought they were alright for eating though. About like snipe...Geo

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It could have been the post shot care I suppose.
A Soft shelled blue crab sandwich, with remoulade sauce, was my preferred lunch over there. Then grilled scallops, and deep fried crab cakes. And beer. Lots of beer.

You'd find an oyster bar that the tide was swallowing, and you might have 25 of them standing there.

It is about pageantry, and the start of the fall's shooting season.

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Drew, do you find that barrel is a bit noisier than the other when you fire it ? wink


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I normally just run a fuzzy rod down the barrels, a oil soaked patch in the chambers and outside, and put it in the gun room. It's a shotgun, so I don't get too carried away.

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I agree with you Paul. I do the same but do clean the action and grease it up. No deterioration of the insides of the barrels in ten years. They are kept in a safe with a golden rod.

I have told the story here before but I knew a female skeet champion with walls of trophies and her attitude is why clean the barrels, they just get dirty the next time. I did see some of her guns including a Krieghoff and a bunch of her 1100's from her earlier years and the barrels were fine after many years. i did not ask her if she cleaned the actions. Sorry I did not.


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There's big difference between what you can get by with, as far as cleaning barrels goes, with vintage guns and with chrome lined modern made double guns. I pay more attention to the bores of my oldies than I do my modern-made chrome-lined ones. And no, I have no problem paying closer attention to one than I do the other. Some kids just need a little extra attention.

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Builder, I do take the barrels off occasional and clean and oil the breech and wrist pins. My wife has a ported barrel O/U that seems to collect plastic, but not so my old SxS's without choke tubes.

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