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SEMPERFIDELUS8403 October 12th, 2010 12:12 PM

Rust removal
I am sure this has been posted before, but I will ask again. What is the best thing to use to remove rust from a gun barrel? I have a old Remington Target Master model 510 22s/l/lr. This gun is older than I am and has a good bit of rust on the barrel. Has not been fired in years, but would like to shoot it again soon, after a good cleaning. What would the best product be to remove the rust from the barrel?

Chief_10Beers October 13th, 2010 04:04 AM

0000 Steel Wool, Kroil or PB Blaster................................

Bookman October 13th, 2010 04:36 AM

Naval Jelly works wonders. I once had to strip and cold blue a shotgun barrel that way for a friend.

JAS October 13th, 2010 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by Bookman (Post 275288)
Naval Jelly works wonders. I once had to strip and cold blue a shotgun barrel that way for a friend.

I heard that Naval Jelly will also take the bluing off as well as the rust.

Sounds great for your purpose, but maybe not if all you want to remove is the rust and keep the rest of the finish intact.

Don't know if it's true, but I'd probably verify it before trying it on a finish I wanted to keep ...

SEMPERFIDELUS8403 October 13th, 2010 03:27 PM

I am trying to restore this gun... It was made in September 1947, I dated it. Awesome little gun that will recieve a lot of TLC

rugerguy October 13th, 2010 03:59 PM

If it is only surface rust, use any of the rust preventive oils and either 0000 steel wool or bronze wool or some such and soak the pad and rub along the barrel,do NOT use naval jelly as that will remove any and ALL bluing, alog with any of the rust ( bluing is actually controlled oxidation)
and sticky or rough spots use the edge of a copper penny to help remove the rust spots.....

SEMPERFIDELUS8403 October 13th, 2010 04:06 PM

Thanks! I will try this and hope it is just surface rust. Guess it was from the humid summers we have here. Work on it and see if I can bring it back to like new condition

Iron Mike Golf October 14th, 2010 09:18 AM

Does anyone know if Evapo-Rust removes bluing? I know it only attacks the rust and is not acidic, like naval jelly.

BronxBoy October 14th, 2010 09:56 AM

rugerguy made a very important point when he said that bluing is an oxide. Rust and bluing are both iron oxides; rust being Fe2O3 and bluing being Fe3O4 (the numbers are supposed to be subscript and the "O" is an o and not a zero). They react with and bond differently to the base metal from which they are made (the steel) and that is why one protects and the other corrodes the steel.

Most rust removers and rust reformers will degrade and/or remove bluing in the process of attacking the rust. Oil with or soaked into very fine wools (copper/brass/bronze/steel), Scotch-Brite or emery cloth would do less damage to the bluing but…

Rust removal leaves pits and exposed unprotected metal so you must increase your cleaning/protection cycles to ensure the rust will not return. If you are truly interested in restoring the firearm to near original condition, you might want to check into having the blued parts commercially stripped and refinished. I have seen this done on my uncle’s old police service revolver and even with the little visible pitting the firearm looks beautiful. He carries that .38 six shooter with pride! Just a thought there!

SEMPERFIDELUS8403 October 14th, 2010 03:26 PM

I am definatly interested, but it sounds expensive. For now I will just have to stop the cancer from spreading. When the funds become available, I will have it proffesionaly redone. My shotgun, which according to a shotgun site, dates from the same period and suffers from the same condition. Want both to be in good shape so.... Ill work on them when I can

Maximumbob54 October 14th, 2010 03:53 PM

I had a Mossburg 500A and a Mini14 that I could not stop rusting. I would use some Blaster and steel wool to get the rough stuff off. Then I would use some Birchwood Casey cold blue to touch up. Oil everything back up again and back into the safe again with all the pouches of dessicant freshly baked dry again. Open it up once and a while and in less than a month.... RUST!!!

I wasn't sorry to see either one go. I can only take so much trauma. It did leave me curious if there are just bad runs of steel that for what ever chemical/metalurgical reasons... some steel just rusts extra bad for some reason.

SEMPERFIDELUS8403 October 14th, 2010 04:06 PM

In this guns defense, it was made in 1947. It has survived for over 60s years

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