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    Cast bullets and a suppressor?

    I have a 1894 in .357/.38 that I will be shooting with a suppressor. How bad do suppressed get when shooting cast vs jacketed? Would powder coating be a better option? Just curious if anyone else shoots cast through theirs? I’m bought an Octane 45.
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    I shoot cast through my suppressors but powder coat them. I have built several Form 1 suppressors which were designed to be taken apart for cleaning. The biggest issue with sealed cans and cast bullets is the lube which can cake the internals.

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    Lubed bullets will definitely leave more deposits. AC
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    1000s of 22 rimfires use cans. Cleaning is done by a 50/50 mix of H-peroxide and vinegar,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1881 View Post
    1000s of 22 rimfires use cans. Cleaning is done by a 50/50 mix of H-peroxide and vinegar,
    This is bad advice. Peracetic acid is corrosive to aluminum parts including the baffles used in the OP's suppressor and many 22 cans. It also forms hydrogen gas along with lead acetate which requires hazardous waste disposal. There are much better ways to clean a can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunscrewguy View Post
    Lubed bullets will definitely leave more deposits. AC
    I don't own a can but I do get considerable deposits from shooting lubed bullets in my 444P and ported 1895G. Its not that big of a cleaning issue with the ports but I would imagine it to be a much bigger problem with a can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bichettereds View Post
    I have a 1894 in .357/.38 that I will be shooting with a suppressor. How bad do suppressed get when shooting cast vs jacketed? Would powder coating be a better option? Just curious if anyone else shoots cast through theirs? I’m bought an Octane 45.
    If your going to be shooting cast lead through your suppressor you need to get a user serviceable can or you will most certainly clog up your suppressor with lead. That’s part of what makes rimfire suppressors gunk up so bad is the vaporized lead and small amounts of liquid lead.

    The same will be true of non jacketed centerfire I would assume.
    Hydrogen peroxide solution will also be your friend on occasion.


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    Having played the game... use bullets tumble-lubed (even if they're grease-groove design) w/ a thin coating of ALOX.


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