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What's The Best Way To Clean An AK After Shooting Corrosive Ammo ?

Discussion in 'The Kalashnikov Klub' started by Glocker08, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Glocker08

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    I got some Yugo brass case ammo for Christmas. Its supposed to be pretty good stuff, but it is corrosive. What is the best way to clean my AK after shooting this ? My gun does have a chrome lined barrel, but I still want to give it a good bath anyway. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. my762buzz

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    Hot water dissolves the corrosive salts. That is all you need.
    Boiling tap water is very effective.
    Windex dissolves less salt than plain water.

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1132648&highlight=ammonia

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  3. Aceman

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    Best answer - don't shoot it.

    However...there is more to clean than just the barrel. Although that is a mighty important peice!
     
  4. TedG954

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    I clean my wz88 in the kitchen sink with hot soapy water and various brushes. Don't forget the gas tube.
     
  5. Flinter

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    Hot water is your friend. Just make sure you get it all dried up. Lube with a good oil such as Breakfree/CLP and you will be just fine.

    There are many other methods you can use, but this is probably the simplest and less smelly.
     
  6. Aceman

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    Again - this is the real hassle of this IMO. Water will kill the evil salts, but now you have to get the whole thing dry. Then you have to totally re-lube the whole thing....just an unbelievable hassle. Get non-corrosive. Save the Yugo stuff for SHTF. Can/box it with some silicates, and know that you have 1k in reserve just in case.
     
  7. Glocker08

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    I wonder how the Yugoslavian military cleaned their AK's when shooting the stuff ? :headscratch:
     
  8. bushbanger

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    I use a combo of windex and ww2 bore cleaner since it was made for corrosive ammo . A guy on e bay that had tons of this stuff at a good price but it smells like a chemical factory, wifey told me to get out of the house with it ...:rofl: I use this with my mausers and never had any issues with 50's yugo 8mm . Finish up with some clp, sounds like a lot of work but it is not bad
     
  9. Flinter

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    Jeez this ain't rocket science, nor is it hard. A couple of minutes with a nylon bore brush dipped repeatedly in hot tap water, a wet patch and then a few patches to dry and then oil the bore. Clean the gas tube with the same water and then dry out with a rag. Clean the bolt and bolt carrier like you would any other rifle and you are set. I treat all imported 7.62x39 and 7.62x54R as corrosive regardless whether it comes in a commercial box or a sealed tin. My sporting firearms only get wiped down and then bore snaked.
     
  10. thornesguns

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    i usualy use hot soapy water like it's a muzzel loader. but there are a few companies that make cleaners specialy for corrosive ammo. http://www.barrettrifles.com/Store/product/Heavy-Bore-Cleaner-16oz,84,77.htm
    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=164428 the back of the bottle sais to mix it 90% water and 10% ballistol for corrosive ammo
    birchwood casey's No 77 Muzzle Magic cleaner is a muzzle loader cleaner but it sais it can be used for corrosive ammo as well. I have used it before and it was very effective.
     
  11. Glockdude1

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    Most AK parts kits are over 20 years old. They were shooting corrosive back then and the parts are still going strong today, in semi-auto Yugo AK's.

    I have no problem shooting corrosive ammo.

    :cool: