Rust occurs when metal begins to break down, caused by prolonged exposure to oxygen and moisture. According to Larry Lyons, author of "The Gun Owner's Handbook," when your gun barrel becomes rusted, the firearm's integrity and accuracy can suffer. A professional gunsmith will remove rusted spots on your gun for a fee. However, removing rust is simple maintenance you can perform from home for a fraction of the cost.
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Things you need
- Soft cloth
- Gun oil
- Paper towels
- Fine steel
Soak a paper towel in gun oil and wipe down the rusty part of your gun's barrel. The surface should have a noticeable layer of oil. Gun oil is available for purchase from most sporting good stores.
Rub the fine steel wool pad over the rust on your gun's barrel in firm back-and-forth strokes for 10 seconds.
Wipe away the dirty oil from the rusted part of the barrel with a paper towel. If rust is still apparent on the gun, repeat the process.
Wipe the entire gun down with a paper towel to remove any dirt, debris or rust particles from its surface.
Soak a quarter of a soft cloth in gun oil and massage it into the metal over the entire surface. This protects the gun from future rusting.
Repeat the oil application with the soft cloth every three months to ensure that rust does not return on your firearm.
Tips and warnings
- Never use a steel brush or sandpaper in an attempt to clean rust from your gun's barrel as you risk damaging the finish.
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