Please help asap: Rust on firearms

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by molonlabexx, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Folks I need help ASAP. We have been staying with some friends for a few weeks. They have a humid basement and like an idiot I put my 870 and mosin nagant down there. Tonight I went to inspect them and there is rust build up on the outside of the guns. It is pretty bad. Now this is the first time this has ever happened. I am new to rust and guns but it doesn't look like any of the metal has been eaten. When I rub the rust off, it comes off in flakes which seems kind of weird. Like I said, it seems like there is a coating but no damage has been done yet. Both the 870 and mosin internals look fine from where the Hoppes oil has done it's job. What do I need to buy and what should I do? How much time do I have before my guns start pitting and the rust actually starts eating the metal. Again I am new to this as I have never had a basement before!!
     
  2. JayCody

    JayCody New Member

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    I would use something to stop the rusting like break free CLP and a brush to remove the rust.
     

  3. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Ok maybe I freaked out a bit much. But I still need to get it out asap. Thanks for your fast reply. Brownells says to use a cloth and hoppes #9. IT APPEARS I HAVE LIGHT SURFACE RUST, AGAIN NO PITTING.

    Will the Hoppes #9 take care? A cloth or steel wool?
     
  4. Cheever

    Cheever New Member

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    I wouldn't use steel wool unless there is pitting. Try the cloth and Hoppes first. If there is pitting then use some fine steel wool and the Hoppes, be very careful and just hit the pitted area to try and eliminate that active rust as rust will grow if you don't get it under control. That steel wool can and will take the finish off if you are not careful.
     
  5. JayCody

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    I would try a nylon brush to avoid harming the finish. Before I put any of my firearms in storage I coat the action barrel and any exposed metal with a light coat of CLP and before I shoot the firearm I run a dry patch down the barrel.
     
  6. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    AS of this evening I do not have any oil or any of my gun tools, they are in storage which was so stupid of me... As of now I have wiped down as much of the Rust Dust (i know right) with a DRY DRY DRY papertowel. I am going to get oil tomorrow. Anything else I should do while I wait? Obviously they are out of the basement also I brought my ammo up as well. I just can't believe this happened this fast. The mosin bolt looks like it is a hair pitted.
     
  7. outlaw206

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    Stay away from as much clp as you can it is way to harsh leave it for ( combat only ) thats where it shines try the hopp #9 if that dont work then get your weapons truly DRY!! and use a light coat of car wax all over the outside and down the bore this will give it a strong protective border from any kind of humidity BUT when you take them out of storage be sure you give them a cleaning of a life time
     
  8. JayCody

    JayCody New Member

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    Consider this a quote

    Improvised gun oil
     

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  9. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I cannot believe that a gun sitting in any basement short of a flooded one would be able to rust a gun to a point that it is pitting. Even then, it takes some time to pit it, as most guns have SOME kind of protective finish.....

    OP, what is the humidity level down there?
     
  10. outlaw206

    outlaw206 New Member

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    Take a look at your own post he is talking about (muzzleloaders) not modern firearms care is compleatly different
     
  11. JayCody

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    No, the thread I took that from is about modern firearms note the "However, for my muzzleloaders, I can use lard or beef tallow quite well, thank'ee."
     
  12. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A lot of guys on the forum swear by motor oil.
     
  13. outlaw206

    outlaw206 New Member

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    I have hurd of motor oil but it has harmful detergents in it that will destory a fire arm i have seen this done many times what looks good now might not next year cus of what we did today
     
  14. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    We have had MANY rainstorms over the past weeks it is very humid. I overreacted but still need to get the surface rust off ASAP. No pitting yet and you are right, that would take a long time but still this needs to be dealt with. Thanks for your input!
     
  15. JayCody

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    Basically keep it dry till you can use a proper firearm oil...
     
  16. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Thank you and yes I will keep it dry for sure!!
     
  17. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    No-ox-id if you can find it at a hardware or electrical supply shop.
     
  18. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    Thank you. I am first going to try hoppes #9 and then hoppes oil (I think that will do the job since the rust is not at the pitting stage). If it doesn't I will keep that brand in mind. Thanks again.
     
  19. Mercator

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    Also think ahead. Get tons of silica in your safe if necessary. Every dehumidifier is overrated by its manufacturer. If it says good for 20 cubic feet of space it's more like 5. Before I came to realize it, I had a new shotgun barrel looking like measles in 6 months.
     
  20. eatmydust

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    Ballistol, available at many firearms retailers is the best (IMHO) & only cleaner & lube that I use. Just follow the directions on the can.