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Rust On M1 Carbine Magazine And Barrel

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by roboman, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. roboman

    roboman New Member

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    I was just going over an M1 Carbine that I recently adopted and have noticed little bits of rust on the barrel and some on the magazine. Doesn't look like this is just easy surface rust either. As far as I can tell this is water damage or what not because this rust is thick and tough. I've tried working the magazine over with fine steel wool and while it's taken a tad of the rust off it's also scuffed the magazine a bit. Any suggestions?
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    Blue wonder
  3. 1952Sniper

    1952Sniper New Member

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    Is this a collector's piece, or something that you don't mind refinishing?
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    mauser_central New Member

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    if its the one im thinking its a plainfield,....thumbs up on the blue wonder good stuff ! or you could do a home parkerizing job but its more difficult imo
  5. roboman

    roboman New Member

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    It's not a collector, merely a shooter. I have no qualms with reparkerizing or what not.
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    dheffley New Member

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    :mad: See what happens when you shoot that Wolf ammo! :D

    Don't use a rust remover other than Blue Wonder, and if you use it, use a hair dryer or torch to heat up the metal. Rust removers that use acid will remove parkerizing and/or blue. When you use 0000 steel wool, use stainless steel wool, not carbon steel wool, or ir will just get covered with light surface rust again. Also, use oil with the steel wool to prevent the scratching you get.

    Good luck Rory!
  7. roboman

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    Sounds good Dheffley, thanks! My only problem is I'm going back to school in 5 days and don't have time to do all this. Will the problem worsen if I leave the gun and magazines wiped down and kept in silicone-coated gun socks for a few months?
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    Yes, your best bet is to put a layer of grease on it if it's going to be that long.
  9. roboman

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    Damn...the closest thing I have is a RIG-RAG (one of those grease-coated pads)... :(

    The longest it would be is about 2 months from today.
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    You can use motor oil in a pinch! Straight 30 weight, no 10W stuff!
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    Hmmm...I just had a crazy idea...I'm leaving a few days early to go to my sister's apartment on the way to college. Why don't I bring the carbine with me, stop at the gunshop down the road, fix it up, and then store it in a gun sock until I can return in March.....?
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    That will, work!
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