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Old 08-14-2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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Default Lite surface rust on barrel, problem?

I have a Kimber Custom TLE II 1911 which has the stock stainless steel barrel in it. I have taken it shooting about half a dozen times and put probably 800-1000 rounds through it. I always field strip it and clean it after shooting and then re-oil and put it away in the case it came from in a drawer in my house. I live in the gulf coast area of Texas and don't carry this gun as a concealed weapon. Here's the problem:

The last two times I have stripped the weapon down I have noticed that part of the barrel is developing some very lite surface rust on the outside in the fine ridges along the barrels length. I have tried using gun cleaner on it and a nylon brush to clean it. No luck. I have tried rubbing it for awhile with a cloth and normal gun oil. No luck.

I don't know if my situation is normal or not. Does it pose a problem or lower value of gun? Is there anyway to reduce or reverse this problem.

I have shot my gun until the barrel has become too hot to touch but in my opinion any gun should be able to handle this sort of use.

Let me know what y'all think.



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Do you have a dessicant in your safe? Do you use Clp?



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No on the first one. I don't yet have a gun safe, just keep it in its original plastic case that it came in, the same as my other guns.

No on the second one. I use Gun Scrubber on the inside of the bore and Hoppes Lubricating oil with weatherguard on the inside and out of the barrel as well as the rest of the gun.

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Try Clp its about the best rust preventer out there.

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Is there any chance it could remove the current rust. I doubt it but maybe?

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Depends how bad it is. I usually use a cleaning patch and Clp. If that doeant work I try with Hoppes solvent. If that doesn't work I do Hoppes and a fine steel wool. Beyond that a blue and rust remover and then reblue the gun if its even worth it.

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Well the barrel is not blued. It is stainless steel in its original shiny look. It is NOT bad at all, just lots of almost microscopic dots on about 15% of the barrel.

OK. I KNOW I'M BEING KIND OF PICKY HERE, but its a new pistol, my first pistol, and I want to keep it in the very best shape possible so I can pass it on to my son one day.

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Yeah it should take it right off and keep it from coming back.

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Excellent. I will give that a try and post on here my results when I can. Thank you for your help mountainman

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