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Can anyone point me to the instructions for disassembly and cleaning a Bing type 2 Snail Drum? I recall seeing a post that mentioned the steps, but now that the Snail Drum has arrived, I can't find the post. I want to shoot it, but I would like to clean the interior before doing so - unless that is a bad idea.
 

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Try it first. Mine worked flawlessly without cleaning the inside. Ran both 9mm and .30 luger through it.
 

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It's easy to disassemble, but reassembly is difficult especially the last step where the tolerance is very narrow. I would not recommend it unless you have patience.

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I've torn several down and don't recommend it. Refitting the lid is a bitch and never seems to go back on right (apparently it's pressed on). Also, the winding spring can be a nightmare. The last dirty one I cleaned - I dropped it in a can of Kerosene for 3 days. I then hung it over a sink and let it run out for a day or two. I followed up with a good soaking in WD-40. Works great, no problems.
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I followed up with a good soaking in WD-40. I SURE don't recommend this! WD40 is not an oil..it's a water displacer. It's MEANT to evaporate and when it foes it leaves behind gunk.

Another reason I would hesitate to use kerosene is when you open most drums they have been lubed with grease. This grease piles up in edges and various reclusive spots..kerosene will tend to turn old grease into mush.

There is a procedure to open up a drum and you can inspect it and if necessary lubricate. If you follow the procedure you shouldn't have much problem.
George Fortier has written this up..it might be a sticky here.
 

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I tried out the snail drum and loader for the first time this weekend. What fun- shooting at 6" metal plates at 25 yrds. Started with 5 rounds, then 5 more, then two loads of 20. It loaded effortlessly, but you really have to hang on to the handle when returning it to full pressure. Sometimes the first round would not chamber, but no problems after that. I was shooting a P08. I was surprised at how easy it held on target. Balance was not bad at all. I will try it with a full 32 round load next time.
 
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