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Just inherited an 1891 Model Argentine Mauser, rifle is in good working order fired a round through it to check, still not sure if it was bravery or stupidity but anyway. Not sure where my grandfather kept it but it does have some rust spots on the barrel and bolt, they do not appear to have actually penetrated the metal, what is the safest and least destructive way to remove them?
"Anyone worth shooting, is probably worth shooting several times."
#0000 steel wool and some cleaner. I use blue wonder cleaner when I do it but most any cleaner will do. It's mostly for lubrication. It won't harm bluing and you can find fine steel wool like that at most wood working shops.
Bronze wool is softer than steel but harder than iron oxide. Therefore, it will remove the rust without scratching the steel. I am using it on my gggrandfather's shotgun. I picked this info up from someone on: Phorum :: General Discussion
I got my bronze wool at:
BROWNELLS : BRONZE WOOL - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools
Try the eraser end of a yellow pencil first. If that doesnt work, use 0000 steel wool and gun oil. (rub lightly)
I'd go with just CLP (Breakfree) first. I'm always reluctant to use any sort of abrasive on a weapon, especially one with any kind of coating.
"and suddenly I can not hold back my sword hand's anger"
and wd40 or clp and paper coffee filters do a pretty good job of polishing out light rusting from blued surfaces
(anyone else remember popping off the distributor cap and dragging a dollar bill through the points)
I have had good luck with bronze wool and Kroil.
Flitz on a non-blued bolt will cut it like nobody's business. Be careful on bluing. test it first. It takes hardly any rubbing but eats rust like crazy.
If it is phosphate finish, naval jelly (phosphoric acid) will dissolve the rust and should not damage the finish. If it is blued, some oil and the bronze wool.