ok i only joined this forum one time because im desperate and running out of options. i would appreciate no judgments or nasty comments im just looking for advice. yes i realize i messed up which is why im on here.
my best friend is a longtime hunter and she has an expensive rifle or she says it was expensive. she had it for a while she bought in or around 2008 i think? well she moved and a year later i moved in so we became roommates. long story short, she was having a bbq / hunting party at our rented house and she was complaining about how she needed to clean her rifle its a Dakota chambered something /458 lott. i wasn't really part of the get together but when i heard about each of the hunters were talking about what one can use to clean rifles with to cut costs and comet was mentioned. i didn't know they were joking about a good way to ruin a rifle i thought they were being serious. i wanted to do my friend a favor so i made the mistake of taking the initiative in cleaning her dakota rifle with pipe shaped brush (thin hard metal wire brush) and ajax with warm water to get the crud out. because she works 2 jobs to support her hobby and i just wanted to make her happy. i only wanted to help!
my best friend walked in on me and screamed at me and said it was ruined. she said it took her 8 months to save up for it and she has not been talking to me since and its been two days. is it really ruined? or can i fix it? is a dakota rifle really that expensive? how can i undo the ajax cleaning is there a remedy or a fix? some type of oil i can use to smooth the barrel or something?? she recently tested it with her other hunting friends and when she came back home she said "the range is completely f-cked?" i dont even know what that means because i never hunted before. any advice would help! thank you!!!