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Location: sparks,nv
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rust problem

i need some help. everytime i use my shotgun i clean it the next day. my problem is, rust keeps forming on all the exterior metal parts of the gun. no matter how much cleaning/oiling i do, it always comes back. is there a product out there to help combat this, or a step i am missing while cleaning? all help appreciated.

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nate

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How do you store your gun? Hopefully not in the case! That will rust your gun for sure. Also I would clean and oil your gun right after the hunt. It's amazing how quickly rust can form, especially after hunting in damp conditions. I would wait until the gun is fully warmed to room temp after bringing it inside (usually an hour or 2) to clean however. If you clean it right away and it is still cold, condensation will form and will cause rust. I don't use anything special for oiling, most "gun oils" work just fine. Don't squirt the oil into the action if you hunt in temps much below zero or it could gum up and misfire. There are some special oils that have wax in them or something. Cosmoline comes to mind. But these are for long term storage only(more than a year).
Anyone else have ideas?

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There is/was a product out in a small glass jar. Rustproof IIRC, was a small leather type rag that was 'soaked' in the rustproof. Maybe yellow markings. I bet Brownells has it. It came liquid too. I have 2 shotguns that have very sorry bluing jobs. If I wipe them down real good with the rag included in the bottle, they are less prone to rust than with "normal" oils.

Or I've heard you can try cleaning the gun and letting it sit inside till its ambient temperature and then waxing the steel with car wax. Though a shotgun gets shot a bunch and hotter than most rifles and the wax may not work as well.

Other than that I'd also think if you used one of the heavy LPS type lubes thats sorta waxy and thick(LPS 3??) it might last longer than gun oil.

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Re: rust problem
huntbox wrote:
i my problem is, rust keeps forming on all the exterior metal parts of the gun.
thanks
nate

Wow, that sounds bad! on all the metal? What make of gun? Whats the blueing look like? I wouldn't wait till the next day. Especially if there was any moisture on the gun. But, it sounds bad. Are you making sure to clean all the rust out. What I mean is just oiling over rust won't stop it. I took a blued gun to BC and it got some rust. Well, it was wet every day. anyway I oiled it daily to try to keep the rust to a minimum but it rusted non the less. when I got home I actually had to take a very stiff tooth brush and scrub out the rust. It pitted the barrel and action a little, so I took some blueing and dabbed into the pitts etc. to slow reoccurance. its not pretty but I like to call it character.

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Let me guess... Do you have a Remington 870 Express?

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Abu Garcia silicon reel lube.

Just squirt a small ribbon (about 3/4") on the reciever and again on the barrel and with a cotton rag rub it in to form a light coating. Store the rag with your gun cleaning kit and reuse everytime and eventually it will become saturated with the silicon and then you'll be able to cut down on the ribbon amount. DONT USE ON A SCOPE !!

You might try soaking the metal parts in some very hot water prior to cleaning. The hot water will warm the metal making for faster drying. Clean as you normally would and then use the reel lube treatment. I use this method on my caplock M/L, especially around the cap nipple where the flash quickly burns away the bluing and rust forms almost instantly.

As stillhunter mentioned, don't use inside/on the guns action. It will gum up and trap dirt and other debris.

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Here's a rust thread from a while back. Kind of went OT, but might be useful for you.

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Blue wonder makes a great product called Armadillo. It is a carnuba coating that you put on once and as long as you don't get a lot of solvent on the exterior metal it will last a long time, at least between cleanings for sure. It is cheap and it works really good. I put it on all my blued steel guns and none of em ever rust again, even if I put them away a little damp (like I had to this year for deer season). My little Marlin 336 in 35 rem is almost as old as me, and it used to get rust spots all the time. I had it smithed up and refinished, and when it would get little rust spots on it I would seeth. After putting Armadillo on it, I don't worry so much anymore.

Really, any carnuba based car wax should work okay. I've tried oils and greases and teflon suspensions and none have worked like carnuba.

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Bonedoc wrote:
Let me guess... Do you have a Remington 870 Express?

its an 1187 super mag. thanks again for all the help guys.

nate

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huntbox wrote:
Bonedoc wrote:
Let me guess... Do you have a Remington 870 Express?

its an 1187 super mag. thanks again for all the help guys.

nate

Sounds to me like its time to contact Remington and see what they have to say. Sadly Remington's quality control has been slipping in recent years, Its time to make them turn that trend around. I would email them If I was you and inform them of the problem and see what they do. then let us know what they say.

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Had a few seconds to snooop in Brownells. Go look in their catalog. Plenty of stuff to try that leaves a film on the gun and is resistant for X amount of hours even to a saltwater spray. If in doubt call Brownells help line.

I did not see my old favorite rustpruf but I was definitely in a hurry browsing.

Good luck, Jeff

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