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Old 12-06-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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Yep, CLR. It removes the rust and leaves the finish intact.

I live on the Gulf Coast. The beach is about a mile from my front door. The salt air is good for keeping allergies under control, not so good for my weapons.


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Yep, CLR. It removes the rust and leaves the finish intact.

I live on the Gulf Coast. The beach is about a mile from my front door. The salt air is good for keeping allergies under control, not so good for my weapons.
Wont CLR remove the bluing from the barrel? Bluing is a "controlled rust" right?
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For light surface rust, visit the grocer. Over in housewares, get a COPPER Chore-Boy pot scrubber pad. Copper is softer than the steel of the barrel.

Wet the pad with oil (Kroil or Sili Kroil is great, but if you don't have it, any light oil). Change to a clean spot every so often- the rust loading up on the pad is abrasive itself.

When you finish, gun may have a coppery look. Clean soft cloth, Hoppes #9. that will go away. Change to clean spot on cloth now and again.

Be sure to oil it after you finish. CLP is good stuff (cleaner/lube/ protectant- NOT the chemical calcium/lime/rust remover- CLR) THAT will strip bluing off- its 20% lactic acid.
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With all due respect c3shooter,

If you use CLR with water, the rust comes right off and the blueing stays on. The rest of your suggestions are spot on.


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For light surface rust, visit the grocer. Over in housewares, get a COPPER Chore-Boy pot scrubber pad. Copper is softer than the steel of the barrel.

Wet the pad with oil (Kroil or Sili Kroil is great, but if you don't have it, any light oil). Change to a clean spot every so often- the rust loading up on the pad is abrasive itself.

When you finish, gun may have a coppery look. Clean soft cloth, Hoppes #9. that will go away. Change to clean spot on cloth now and again.

Be sure to oil it after you finish. CLP is good stuff (cleaner/lube/ protectant- NOT the chemical calcium/lime/rust remover- CLR) THAT will strip bluing off- its 20% lactic acid.


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