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Old 11-09-2013, 01:23 PM   #51
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Here's a little more about corrosive ammo:

http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=8
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That is acid on acid. How does that work?
Corrosive residue is not acid but salt. Potassium chloride. It attracts water and may corrode the bore given some time.

It is water soluble like table salt, and is easily washed away with hot water. Then the bore must be dried and cleaned as usual. Why Windex or vinegar, I really can't explain, except they are trusted as household cleaners.

Corrosive ammo is no big deal for the firearms built for it. Particularly with chrome lined bores.
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I can pick up mine tomorrow,
My concern is not the ammo.
but how to clean off the cosmoline.
I am thinking I might hang it up in the back yard and use the pressure washer on it.
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I can pick up mine tomorrow,
My concern is not the ammo.
but how to clean off the cosmoline.
I am thinking I might hang it up in the back yard and use the pressure washer on it.
this was a perfect tanka, a Japanese poetry art form. I too feel lyrical about a gun sometimes just can't express it so good
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I can pick up mine tomorrow,
My concern is not the ammo.
but how to clean off the cosmoline.
I am thinking I might hang it up in the back yard and use the pressure washer on it.
Poetry aside, mineral spirits work well, but use them with caution on the wood, because they can damage the varnish. A hair dryer and lots of rags works for coaxing most of the grease out of the wood.
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I can pick up mine tomorrow,
My concern is not the ammo.
but how to clean off the cosmoline.
I am thinking I might hang it up in the back yard and use the pressure washer on it.
I used mineral spirits on the ones I have. I take the rifle apart, bolt apart, trigger group apart, then get one of those aluminum pans like you get at a salad bar or whatever. I fill the pan just enough to cover all the small parts. For the barrel and receiver I use a piece of 3" PVC pipe with a cap glued on one end ( obviously make the tube longer than the barrel and receiver) slide the barrel and receiver in then fill with mineral spirits so that it can soak. I then go and clean all the small parts while it soaks. After all the cosmoline is removed from the small parts and barrel/receiver I spray it all down with brake clean, then clean the barrel as you normally would after shooting. Give everything a light coat of oil/lube and reassemble.

The stock I just lay out in the sun when it's warm out and just wipe the cosmoline off as it loosens up from the heat. I have also used a heat gun when the north east climate is on the chilly side.
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I can pick up mine tomorrow,
My concern is not the ammo.
but how to clean off the cosmoline.
I am thinking I might hang it up in the back yard and use the pressure washer on it.
Don't use a pressure washer. it will frustrate you and you will be disappointed with the results (not to mention you run the risk of damaging the gun).

Really hot, soapy water is all you need. Small parts can be washed in the dishwasher (best done when the wife isn't home). Dry and lube when still hot.
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Don't use a pressure washer. it will frustrate you and you will be disappointed with the results (not to mention you run the risk of damaging the gun). Really hot, soapy water is all you need. Small parts can be washed in the dishwasher (best done when the wife isn't home). Dry and lube when still hot.
I second this. Here is what I do, I boil a gallon of water and add some dish soap take the firearm to be cleaned apart and I place it in a large metal tub pour the boiling water down the barrel and all over the parts. Wearing thick rubber gloves (be careful not to get burned by the hot water/metal) use a old tooth brush to scrub the cosmoline off And run a bore snake down the barrel.
Once most of the cosmoline is off the firearm take it out of the water, quickly dry it off, and coat with oil. if you don't do this fast there is a risk of rusting the firearm.
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Thanks all for the great suggestions.
Ok, I will not use the pressure washer.
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