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So I wanted to hear how everybody goes about cleaning old or dirty firearms bought used. I am thinking specifically about milsurps, but I suppose he same principles can be applied to any firearm. So, does anyone have any good techniques to share about how to remove grime, oil etc from the stock without damaging the finish? For the metal parts of the rifle, I have mostly worked with steel wool and some high quality oil to remove any surface rust. Anyone else have techniques they have found to be particularly effective?
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Wrap the stock in news paper and use a heat lamp.  Better yet a hot car trunk even better.  Let the heat bake the grease out and into the news paper.
 
Brake cleaner down the bore and the heavy greased parts.  That's faster than diesel fuel and a brush.  Then one of the grease fighting dish cleaners and lots of HOT water.  Wipe the gun back down with some news paper, and then coat with gun oil (Diesel will work as general prupose everything, per the russians).
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Not a woodworker, but in terms of really gunked up metal and bores there's not much that will stand up to a mixture of boiling water, white amonia, dish detergent and a brush.
Rinse with boiling water and apply oil liberally while still hot.
 
 
Oh yeah......do it OUTSIDE unless you've already filed the divorce papers.


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Originally posted by Mike McDonald Mike McDonald wrote:

Not a woodworker, but in terms of really gunked up metal and bores there's not much that will stand up to a mixture of boiling water, white amonia, dish detergent and a brush.
Rinse with boiling water and apply oil liberally while still hot.
 
 
Oh yeah......do it OUTSIDE unless you've already filed the divorce papers.
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Originally posted by Mike McDonald Mike McDonald wrote:

Not a woodworker, but in terms of really gunked up metal and bores there's not much that will stand up to a mixture of boiling water, white amonia, dish detergent and a brush.
Rinse with boiling water and apply oil liberally while still hot.
 
 
Oh yeah......do it OUTSIDE unless you've already filed the divorce papers.

no sense of adventure?? or else your speaking from previous experience??
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Some good ideas, but I don't have alot of patients for cleaning sometimes. For metal cleaning PB Blaster and a brass brush has me done in an hour or less on a really dirty, neglected gun. If I am gonna let parts soak while working on something else I have a gallon can of WD-40 that I pour in a container and dunk the parts in that. Still sometimes need the brass brush but it is a quick clean. Like mentioned before, if you use the PB Blaster do it outside, the fumes are strong. The newspaper and heat for getting oil out of a stock is one I'll have to try. Sounds like a good fix. I have found that if I have a stock with scared finish I can sand it smooth with a fine sand paper and smooth it more with steel wool. Then if needed choose the right stain and work that to the right blend. After that I put one light coat of tru oil and let it dry. I finish with a spray urethane in gloss or satin depending on the finish needed. Sometimes two coats of the whole stock or forarm is enough. Give that two days to dry and you ready for the field. Good luck on your projects. Let us know how they turn out.
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