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FASTEX -- The Next Best Thing To Moly-Coating.

I'm in favor of any process that makes cleaning and lubricating firearms easier and more effective. One such process is now available from FASTEX products and is an alternative to moly-coating rifle barrels and bullets.

According to Larry Rice, who supplies the FASTEX line through Newtech Marketing Corp, it has been successfully used in shotgun barrels and actions as well as military arms in England, where it is produced. Rice urged me to give the product a try.

The FASTEX line currently consists of barrel treatment an auto-action treatment, bullet lube and gun oil.

The wonder ingredient according to the manufacturer, is "a mono-molecular hydrocarbon surface modifier which, when applied to hot metal surfaces under pressure, bonds to give a 0.05 micron dense and smooth surface, impervious to moisture, with a friction coefficient of 0.015." Accordingly, FASTEX is supposed to decrease barrel fouling, reduce friction and provide protection from corrosion. Because it does not bond to itself, it does not build up. I was hooked.

It was the middle of the dove season and my wife and I were running a lot of shells through our guns. My daily chore was to clean at least two shotguns every night, and if the FASTEX barrel treatment could lighten the chore, I'd try it.

The barrel treatment is supplied in a 5.25 oz. aerosol can. The instructions for its application are simple. Completely degrease the inside of the bore with something like Gun Scrubber: warm the barrel to 122 degrees Fahrenheit; spray FASTEX barrel treatment into the bore or run FASTEX saturated patches up and down, followed by a dry patch; and voila, you're in business. FASTEX is colorless and invisible. Applying it is an act of faith.

To heat the bore, you are instructed to use a hair dryer or pour boiling water down the bore. Considering that 122F is just not that hot, (sort of a typical summer day in southern Arizona), I stuck the barrel outside and let the Arizona sun cook it until a thermometer stuck inside the bore indicated 130 degrees.

The test barrels were selected from two 20 gauges we were shooting daily -- a Browning Auto 5 and a Remington 1100. The bore of the Browning barrel was mirror smooth from one end to the other. The Remington barrel revealed reamer marks in the chamber and forcing cone, and was otherwise smooth, but not polished to the degree of the Browning.

After warming them, I sprayed FASTEX barrel treatment thoroughly down both barrels and ran two clean cotton patches down them. The FASTEX product dried almost immediately to an invisible film.

We hunted doves the next day and finished out the morning with some hand-tossed clays so that both guns had 50 rounds through them.

Pulling the barrels that night, I found that the Browning showed none of the normal build-up of residue. The Remington revealed only minor residue. In short, FASTEX does reduce the deposition of plastic, powder and lead foaling.

I might add that I also treated a heavily pitted 8mm military rifle bore with FASTEX. After shooting military ball, it would typically exhibit heavy streaks of copper foaling the length of the bore.

With the FASTEX treatment, copper fouling was still present, but as small flecks of copper deposited here and there in the bore, and not as heavy, solid streaks.

This is not an accurate barrel so I could not determine whether FASTEX might affect accuracy. The instructions indicate that the ideal formula is to treat the barrel and treat the ballets you're loading with FASTEX bullet lube. Not having any bullet lube, I could not test the combination. But I will.
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Title Annotation:reduces gun barrel friction
Comment:FASTEX -- The Next Best Thing To Moly-Coating.(reduces gun barrel friction)
Author:BODINSON, HOLT
Publication:Guns Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2000
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