Soaked Shotgun

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Wolf, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Wolf

    Wolf Guest

    Hey again all! Stupid question time!

    My shotgun got beyond drenched today. I got caught in the woods when a rain storm like I haven't seen in a while passed over us and it couldn't have gotten any wetter had I tossed it in a lake. Kept the barrel down for the most part so it wouldn't get too wet, but I am certain it did anyway when it first started.

    I also kept shooting when the rain was starting and was only a light rain. But I ended up in a pretty flooded area and was wading through a small instant river with it.

    So, question is: I cleaned the shotgun pretty well, I have the sling off to dry, and the barrel is off the shotgun for now, too. Do I need to do anything else? It's a Benelli Super Nova with that Advantage Timber camo finish on it. Do I need to do anything for that finish? And is cleaning enough, or should I be doing something else? I only did a basic cleaning because I didn't have much time and right now I'm so tired I'm typing like I'm drunk. Do I need to sit with it again tomorrow night?

    Sorry, only gun I have that ever got caught in the rain with me was my Sig and that gets hit with Birchwood Casey's Baracade regularly and is fairly easy to deal with. And it never got caught like my shotgun did.
  2. robertusa123

    robertusa123 New Member

    this is where wd-40 comes in handey the wd stands for water displacment the 40 is bacause it was the 40th fourmiler tryed when the invinter was developing the stuff

  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

    A gunsmith once showed me a rifle that had been covered in WD-40 and then stored. Holy crap! It looked like it had been engraved by a kindergartener.
  4. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

    Id tear it completely apart, clean and dry everything, when its all dry id lube and reassemble. I got caught out in the rain once with my Mosin-nagant M44, it got pretty well soaked to the bone. As soon as i got home i took it apart, including the bolt to make sure i got it all. Im not sure how difficult a nova is to tear down but thats what id do.
  5. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Well-Known Member Supporter

    This is exactly the case for using WD 40. Soak the gun down well with WD 40, then dry it off. It will displace moisture in places you can't normally get to.
  6. montveil

    montveil New Member

    WD 40 is really great for displacing water but it has been said it creates a gummy film.
    After using wd40 and warming the shotgun with a hair drier to get rid of the water as WD 40 DISPLACES water, not eliminates it. If you have forced hot air heating system placing the metal parts over the hot air outlet also works
    I would use brake cleaner on the metal parts to get rid of the WD 40 film, especially on the high tolerance parts such as the bolt. Use brake cleaner outside as it is not good to breathe and keep it off wood and plastic parts.
    As stated before lube all parts thoroughly with your favorite lube
    Just some thoughts to consider.
  7. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Things made of metal should never bein the same room as wd40 much less using it on a firearm.

    Clp is a great tool for use after a good soaking. The spray on wd40 is really handy for getting into small spaces.

    After a soaking firearms need a good detail cleaning and oiling.

    The issue with wd40 is it leaves gummy junk behind that attracts dirt. Its a terrible product only useful for bicycle chains and iffy for that.

    Use a good quality gun oil and a thorough cleaning and you will be fine
  8. lfcshooter

    lfcshooter New Member

    You can actually get storage gun oil that you apply once you've wiped the gun down and will protect it.

    You can apply it also before you go out shooting in damp or humid conditions.

    I agree wd40 although a great product it's not recommended for firearms.

    I use Phillips gun oil made specifically for this purpose
  9. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

    I would use WD-40, but then I have used it religiously for 40 years, with no problems what so ever, & if there is any one who tells me (it will hurt your gun) I say, I am from Missouri, and I have proof to the contrary & if you wish to see it, come see me & I will show you a test barrel that has hung in the shed for years with nothing on it but WD-40, the bluing is intact & there is not a rust spot on it...............
  10. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

    The only things one heard in the argument that you should not use WD-40 to clean your guns is that if it gets near the ammunition or if you get enough on the breach face that it can seep into the primer pocket and render your ammo useless. I've never heard that it could actually hurt your gun though.
  11. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

    I have used wd -40 most of my life on my guns. But I clean it off later on. It does build up and is desighned to leave a film to portect the metal. It was origianly desighned to keep icbm missles free from rust and the formulas name came from the forty tries it took to get the formula right. But used inside trigger machanisms it does build up and it does attract small particles.
    Used over and over it builds up. I use it out plinking with my 10-22 to spray into the reciever with the bolt open and clear out the powder after shooting a few hundred rounds. I spray it until it stops running out black let it dry a little while and go back to shooting.
    But when I get home I tear the gun down and clean it with rem oil.
    My favorite time to hunt elk is in snow or rain and my rifle gets soaked.I clean and oil them that evening with rem oil and have done so since I was 12 years old I am now 55.
    I would suggest as already stated CLR which does not leave a build up if you dont want to tear the gun down.Followed with a lite oiling with a quality gun oil in side and out.Especialy in the bare metal of the bore in your barrel where it will rust first and left will also pit the metal.
    As far as wd-40 not being used on fire arms it is a half truth.
    It will not harm a fire arm and it does displace moisture. But it is true it does leave a film that will build up on internal moving parts and it does attract small particles. Over time It will gum up your trigger mechansim etc.
    But it does work very well to loosen and flush out a 22 semi auto for instance shooting dirty bulk ammo like I do as a alternative to tearing the gun down out shooting. Putting it on the external parts of a gun will not effect the gun and it does dispalce the water but I have never found it needed. I start out with a lightly oiled gun and as I said clean and re-oil it in the evening and I have zero rust on any fire arm I own.
    Blue wonder sells a spray on water repellant you may want to look into.I have not tried it but hear its good stuff.
  12. gearhead396

    gearhead396 Active Member

    Wd-40 is water based if left on metal it will rust it I've seen it countless times on cars. When people spray it on their pulleys to make it stop squeaking and things like that .
  13. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

    I think it's probably dry by now. Check the OP date.
  14. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    I have a maricote finish on my shotgun (mariner). I live in a very wet area, and I have been caught in some heavy rains. I just wipe the gun with a towel hours later, do not have to worry about rust. The gun also resists saltwater, so it is an excellent boat gun. The Navy uses Mariners. I recommend spending a little extra for the Mariner, which is offered by Remington, Mossberg and others. I have a 590. For inside the gun, I use FP-10 lubricant elite (insert your dirty joke now) from Shooters Choice. Smooth as butter.

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  15. BillDeShivs

    BillDeShivs Well-Known Member Supporter

    I also have used WD 40 professionally for about 40 years on guns, cutlery, and machinery. I even used it on the strings of my bass guitar! I have never had a problem with it gumming anything. WD 40 has been proven to not harm sealed primers also.
    While it's not a wonderful lubricant, WD 40 is a wonderful moisture displacer and a very good protectant.
  16. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    lol i dont think anyone cares we are having too much fun talking about wd40 lol
  17. orangello

    orangello New Member

    "Is the average person stupider than he was a generation ago? Or do you just run into more stupid people because fewer stupid people are getting eaten by bears?" - Bill Maher

    OP, I take issue with your quote sig. :mad: You know the socialist government is simply covering up some of the maulings for their comrade bears.
  18. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    IF you soak on the WD-40 and leave it, it will form a gummy film. If you wipe it off, no. Lots of light oils will do the same thing. It is a solvent for itself, so if you spray and wipe it will take off any film. It is most assuredly NOT water based. It is not the best lubricant, but it is usually sufficient. It is a great anti corrosion product.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  19. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

    LOL I just checked and the OP has not been active on the site since 2007. That shotgun probably has barnacles growing on it by now.
  20. lfcshooter

    lfcshooter New Member

    Remind me never to ask you guys a question, if it takes this long to get a response.. :-o