Gun Deals
Low Price Guns
Defensive Arts
Landhawk Arms
Sporting Systems
Buster Beaver Cerakote
Southwest Firearms Forum
Oregon Rifleworks
Oregon Arms & Ammunition
Advertise on Northwest Firearms
J&B Firearm Sales
Welcome to Northwest Firearms
Join our community, sign up for free today!
Sign Up

Cleaning milsurp bolt-action rifles after shooting corrosive ammo?

Aero Denezol

Messages
1,392
Reactions
2,975
...So, it's generally agreed upon the bore and chamber are cleaned with warm water, some folks add windex, and others use soap, but what about the bolt? How many of you disassemble the bolt and scrub it down?

Seems to me you can get by with just cleaning the bolt face, but I don't want to risk damaging an old piece of history.

Many thanks in advance.
 

Joe13

Messages
12,558
Reactions
38,623
some folks add windex

It is my understanding that the windex neutralizes the corrosive residue and then you use warm water and then oil.


I personally would clean the whole gun after shooting corrosive ammo.

I have some but I've never needed to shoot it - figured it'll be for SHTF.
 
Messages
33
Reactions
56
Don't know about the new stuff but the original Hoppe's #9 was water based for the purpose of cleaning after the use of corrosive ammo.

The pitting comes from powder residue left in the bore that attracts moisture and that leads to the corrosion.

Not sure how that scenario applies to bolts and their internal parts.

Smiles,
 
Messages
6,973
Reactions
14,125

Camelfilter

Messages
5,370
Reactions
12,281
  • Law Around Here
  • Three Bags of Trash
  • Woke Up Like This
My regimen for AK’s after corrosive ammo use is:

Simple green diluted beyond normal in a hand spray bottle. Just plain water works fine as well, simple green just helps clean things up a bit more is all.

WD40 in a hand spray bottle (WD40 bought by the half gallon). Used as intended, to displace the simple green/water.

Canned air.

Canned air at home again, to further displace any remaining simple green/water.

Clean & lube as normal.

May be fine for milsurp bolties as well, however dunno. Care should be taken initially with the WD40, to assure it won’t cause any issues with the wood Finnish tho.

This system has worked well for our AK’s, including the bolt/piston etc. So I’d assume it would work well for your style of rifle.

The spray bottles, canned air & such have a committed bag I take to the range with us. Just a cheapo harbor freight tool bag, maybe $5-$10. Easy enough.
 

Joe13

Messages
12,558
Reactions
38,623
My regimen for AK’s after corrosive ammo use is:

Simple green diluted beyond normal in a hand spray bottle. Just plain water works fine as well, simple green just helps clean things up a bit more is all.

WD40 in a hand spray bottle (WD40 bought by the half gallon). Used as intended, to displace the simple green/water.

Canned air.

Canned air at home again, to further displace any remaining simple green/water.

Clean & lube as normal.

May be fine for milsurp bolties as well, however dunno. Care should be taken initially with the WD40, to assure it won’t cause any issues with the wood Finnish tho.

This system has worked well for our AK’s, including the bolt/piston etc. So I’d assume it would work well for your style of rifle.

The spray bottles, canned air & such have a committed bag I take to the range with us. Just a cheapo harbor freight tool bag, maybe $5-$10. Easy enough.
Get a cheap compressor for at home, if you don't already use one you'll love it;)
 

ma96782

Messages
3,154
Reactions
5,464
My routine after shooting corrosive ammo through my AKs and Mosin Nagant is to take them home and within that first few hours:

1. Strip the firearm down including the bolt. Small parts are soaked in the hot soapy water solution.
2. Using hot soapy water I'll clean and brush the metal parts, including the bore.
3. Look over the wood, as cosmoline might still be oozing out from the wood. I clean it off. I use a patch with a bit of Hoppe's No 9.
4. If I feel like it, I'll also do the Hoppe's No. 9 w/ bronze bore brush through the bore to work on the copper build-up.
5. The parts are looked over/checked for defects and dried off. The drying process is helped along by the hot parts sort of flash drying and/or with a wipe down with a dry rag or blowing with compressed air.
6. The dried parts are lightly oiled (and/or grease applied where necessary/needed), then reassembled correctly.
7. I'll also check back in a day or two. To see if there is rust developing and sometimes I'll run another oily patch through the bore just for good measure.

LOL...many youngsters are probably wondering about this "corrosive ammo" stuff and wondering, "Why shoot corrosive ammo at all?"

Well, I can still remember when surplus ammo was plentiful and cheap. But, it was corrosive. Yup, I bought a lot of it and stacked it deep. It still serves my purpose, at a very cheap price compared to the new stuff. Though with a necessary cleaning routine.

And, cleaning with expensive formulas is not how I roll. Hot soapy water is just that. Hot water with a little squirt of dish soap added. I say hot water because it helps in the drying off the parts. Cold water has a way of just sitting there. So, if you're using cold water, you'll have to make sure to wipe the parts down (drying it off) really well.

Aloha, Mark
 
Last edited:
Messages
909
Reactions
1,970
Go old school, urinate down the barrel; the ammonia negates the copper salts.

Seriously, just a normal clean with Hoppes 9, Balistol, or CLP is all that's needed. Spray it in, run the snake through, and you're good to go. Just don't put it off for a day or two. Nothing really arcane is needed.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wolf Creek Rd Public Shooting Lanes Cleanup!
North Fork Wolf Creek Rd public shooting lanes
N Fork Wolf Creek Rd, Oregon 97144, USA
ARPC Speed Steel
ARPC (Albany Rifle & Pistol Club)
29999 Saddle Butte Rd, Shedd, OR 97377, USA
NRA Pistol marksmanship Simulator Training
Defensive Arts Center
4620 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy C2, Portland, OR 97221, USA
.22 Rimfire Challenge
Douglas Ridge Rifle Club
27787 OR-224, Eagle Creek, OR 97022, USA
Cerberus Training Group - Run the Gun - Pistol April 4th
Cerberus Training Group
47 Cattle Dr, Goldendale, WA 98620, USA

LATEST REVIEWS

  • Gun & Boot & Gear - Astoria
    5.00 star(s)
    Good bunch of guys! Always treated me well, and in some cases better then expected. Highly recommend swinging by and talking with Andrew about any...
    • jblake00
  • Supporting Vendor Oregon Rifleworks
    5.00 star(s)
    Seen it from the highway a few times, so made the effort to go in yesterday lunchtime- What an awesome store ! Big, bight, well laid out, with a...
    • asiparks
  • Centerfire Gunworks
    1.00 star(s)
    This shop is an extortion racket. It’s the only one in town and charges like a monopoly. He can’t fulfill commitments and he won’t provide estimates.
    • Emm
  • Supporting Vendor Oregon Rifleworks
    5.00 star(s)
    I'd be a lot happier if they were closer to the Couve but they are definitely worth the drive Friendly staff and very competitive prices on ammo...
    • GWS
  • Tri-County Gun Club
    5.00 star(s)
    Tricounty Gun Club is an excellent place to practice, train, and compete with multiple shooting disciplines. Members have card key access to...
    • Whisky Tahoe

SUPPORT NORTHWEST FIREARMS