Surface rust on shotgun barrel
I've got an old Winchester 120 shotgun that's developed some small patches of rust on the side of the barrel. When I say "small", I'd say they're about the size of the 'o' in this font or smaller. I've always been careful to clean my guns after a day in the field, but since I've recently taken up duck hunting it seems that things are getting wetter than usual on a more frequent basis. What's the best way to get rid of this cancer on my longtime hunting partner? Should I get her re-blued?
0000 or 00000 steel wool should take it right off without harming any existing bluing. Some recommend using some oil along with the steel wool; I usually use it dry.
After de-rusting, you can touch up the area with one of the commerical cold blue solutions. Just follow the instructions on the label.
Keep the derusted/reblued area well oiled to prevent recurrence. Birchwood Casey Sheath works well. Also, I've noticed that once surface rust of this kind starts somewhere, you have to keep after it to keep it from growing back. Inspect the area for rust every 30 days or so whether you are using the gun or not. Repeat the steel wool treatment as necessary.
DO NOT use any kind of rust-removing chemical such as Naval Jelly unless you also want to remove good bluing. It eats all kinds of bluing right off.
Excellent Snake, thanks for the advice.
I agree with Snake (as per usual) about the steel wool, though I use oil. For rainy day hunting or swamp hunting, I use paste wax to water proof the steel. I have a 3 dollar can of Johnson's Floor wax that works great. I also use it on oil finished wood stocks.
The best way (IME) to use it is to slather your firearms down with the wax (small piece of rag is a good applicater), let it dry and buff with a clean rag. An old toothbrush gets the dried wax out of the cracks and crevises.
If you drop your firearm in water, WD-40 is your friend. I've done that and completely stripped the gun ASAP, emptied the can. Idea is to displace the water, detail clean later.
I agree with Snake. 0000 steel wool and a drop of oil. Better yet, use the steel wool and a dab of Flitz. That will leave a protective finish behind.
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