Lee PrecisionRepackboxRotoMetals2Titan Reloading
Inline FabricationMidSouth Shooters SupplyADvertise here

Results 1 to 19 of 19

Thread: Cleaning up

  1. #1
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    555

    Cleaning up

    Okay, so I loaned out two rifles to my BIL. He returned them yesterday, both have red rust on them. Neither is particularly valuable as far as collector value - 1964 Weatherby and an 1892 44-40. What's the best way to clean these back up? Bores seem good still and the actions both seem alright.

    Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    I'd start with kroil on a rag, if that dont help, switch to kroil on 4f steel wool and use light pressure. 1 of those should do the trick. Good luck.
    Looking for K frame square butt Stag grips and Marlin Ballard Wind Gauge Spirit Level Front Globe Sight

  3. #3
    Boolit Grand Master



    M-Tecs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    6,425
    2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. - "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    "Before you argue with someone, ask yourself, is that person even mentally mature enough to grasp the concept of different perspectives? Because if not, there’s absolutely no point."
    – Amber Veal

    "The Highest form of ignorance is when your reject something you don't know anything about".
    - Wayne Dyer

  4. #4
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    East TN
    Posts
    1,026
    I have had great success with Shooters Choice bore solvent with and/or without 4X steel wool. Have never tried Kroil for this job but will give it a go just for the comparison. With either of these liquids you would be wise to wear latex gloves when removing the rust or you could wind up "smelling yourself" for the next few days.

  5. #5
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Near Enterprise Landing
    Posts
    1,037
    How about snatch a knot in your BIL's head?

    762
    Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
    My amendment can beat up your amendment.

  6. #6
    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    10,406
    Those rifles are WAY above “ loaner class”. I’m glad that you got them back!

  7. #7
    Boolit Master Thumbcocker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    East Central Illinois
    Posts
    3,058
    Apply BIL's face to rusted area and scrub vigorously.
    You'll go far providin' you ain't burnt alive or scalped."

    Will Geer as Bear Claw in "Jeramiah Johnson"

  8. #8
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    348
    Best way to stop that in the future is to get a new BIL.

  9. #9
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Posts
    356
    Quote Originally Posted by tinsnips View Post
    Best way to stop that in the future is to get a new BIL.
    Mmmm, THAT could be expensive!

  10. #10
    Moderator

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    The Pacific NorthWet
    Posts
    2,829
    Chain BIL in basement and make him fix them, then sell him to any foreign slave trader?

  11. #11
    Boolit Master


    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    SE Ohio
    Posts
    716
    I've found that bronze wool and oil works well to remove surface rust.
    Chuck

  12. #12
    Boolit Master
    TNsailorman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Northeast Tennessee Hills
    Posts
    1,688
    I have been using a product called GunBrite Polish from Brownells for years now to take rust and corrosion off blued metal. It removes the rust but not the Blue. I just recently reclaimed a .58 Navy Arms Buffalo hunter rifle that had been left in a gun case for years by my sister. It was rusted all over, lock , barrel and hammer. After getting the rust off with the GunBrite, I did have too Slow Rust the metal as the rust had eaten and pitted it pretty heavily. Worked wonders on the rifle though. It looks almost new now except for the lock plate, which I had to buff heavy to get the pitting out and that destroyed the case hardened finish. I polished the lock plate to a high shine with some 5F metal polish and it looks better than the case hardened old finish. I have used GunBrite to deepen the blued finish on new rifles also and it works very well there too. my experience anyway, james

  13. #13
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Jun 2020
    Location
    Newburgh IN
    Posts
    42
    I was taught that when you borrow something to return it in better condition than when you got it.
    That being said bottom line is Don't loan him anything ever again.

  14. #14
    Boolit Master
    CastingFool's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Climax, Michigan
    Posts
    2,069
    Quote Originally Posted by recumbent View Post
    I was taught that when you borrow something to return it in better condition than when you got it.
    That being said bottom line is Don't loan him anything ever again.
    This! I always return things I borrow in better shape than they were before. Full tank of gas, cleaned up, wiped down, etc.

  15. #15
    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    10,406
    I grew up with three brothers. The only one that I would loan anything to is coincidentally the one that has never asked to borrow anything.

    Sent from my SM-A716U using Tapatalk

  16. #16
    Boolit Master Shawlerbrook's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Central NY
    Posts
    1,344
    I don’t loan guns, period !

  17. #17
    Boolit Grand Master
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Central Virginia
    Posts
    6,994
    Quote Originally Posted by Thumbcocker View Post
    Apply BIL's face to rusted area and scrub vigorously.

    /\ And we have a winner /\

  18. #18
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Posts
    1,691
    I've loaned out exactly one firearm. Good friend needed a shotgun for a 3 gun match. One of my older rem riot gun with the mag extension. Got it back, cleaned and oiled. There should be a rule never loan out a firearm to relatives. it's not theirs and they won't have the same appreciation as you. Frank

  19. #19
    Boolit Grand Master







    Lloyd Smale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    munising Michigan
    Posts
    16,171
    Quote Originally Posted by 762 shooter View Post
    How about snatch a knot in your BIL's head?

    762
    I was thinking the same. Hold him down and use steel wool and kroil on his face!!!!!!
    Soldier of God, sixgun junky, Retired electrical lineman. My office was a 100 feet in the air, closer to God the better

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check