Getting rust off of a Rifle

Getting rust off of a Rifle

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    Getting rust off of a Rifle

    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?


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    mil-spec clp.
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    #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.

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    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
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    Try the eraser end of a yellow pencil first. If that doesnt work, use 0000 steel wool and gun oil. (rub lightly)

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy Warcrimes View Post
    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.
    CLP won't dissolve rust though. Almost no cleaner will. Fine steel wool won't hurt any gun coating. I used it to remove a LOT of rust from an old Rem. wingmaster 870 and a Hi point carbine. No issues on either. I also use it all the time on small surface rust spots on my XD. The only time I haven't had luck with it is on a stainless steel barrel. Yes, stainless rusted

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    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)

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    I have had good luck with bronze wool and Kroil.

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    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.

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    PB blaster.

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    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.

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