cleaning corrosive ammo

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  1. itstime

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    OK guys.

    Never cleaned a rifle after shooting corrosive ammo out of it. I'm new to this. What are the rules and regulations?

    What do you do?
    How do you do it and with what?
    How quickly must this be done before the gun rots apart? LOL

    I like you guys better than Google.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Glockdude1

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    Your rifle is ruined the moment the corrossive round is fired..........


    Send it to me for disposal............ :tongueout:
     
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  4. WoodenPlank

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    Plain 'ol hot water. Hose out the barrel and action, use paper towels and/or regular towels to dry the action, cotton patches or swabs for the bore (or compressed air for the whole thing), and clean like normal from there.
     
  5. deputy tom

    deputy tom Gringo Viejo

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    Back in the day we used Fell's Naptha Soap to scrub the bores followed by hot as it gets water from the stationary tub faucet.Sprayed out with WD40 and then oiled. Then they came out with just clean it with Windex and lube afterwards.I prefer the soap and water treatment.YMMV.tom.:dunno:
     
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    use the windex with amonia...... the amonia will nutralize the salts.
     
  7. fiasconva

    fiasconva Standing my ground...

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    Hoppes #9 will work very well too.
     
  8. deputy tom

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    This is what I read too.tom.
     
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    Good link, good guy, a little abrasive at times but to the point.
     
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    I don't shoot it, but this is what I've always heard to do.
     
  11. Jim Watson

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    Does not happen, cannot happen. Salts ARE neutral already.
    All the ammonia can do is act as a surfactant to get water through the powder fouling to the potassium chloride residue.
    The only sure cure is to dissolve the chloride and wash it out of the gun, then dry and oil.
     
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    You can leave your Windex under the sink. All it takes is some warm to hot water.

    I like to slather the bore and parts with a bore solvent like Hoppe's #9 to break down carbon and oil residue, then wash everything off with hot water. Dry & oil.
     
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    I've cleaned my AK with Hoppes #9 and have never had a problem. I was told it was formulated back in the day to deal with corrosive ammo. I've read that any corrosive ammo you buy now it's the primer, not the powder that's corrosive. True?
     
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    No.
    The reason your AK does all right with Hoppes is a combination of luck and the chrome plated bore common to Iron Curtain weapons. Hoppes came out when there were all sorts of weird theories about "acid gases" in the "pores of the steel" from that newfangled smokeless powder, it is mostly kerosine and has no effect on the potassium chloride except to wipe some of it away, not dissolve it.

    Corrosive ammunition has ALWAYS been a factor of the primer. Smokeless powder is not itself corrosive, not even the old stuff. Even black powder is not as bad as commonly thought.
     
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    I stopped using the old boiling water drudgery on black powder weapons decades ago when I read Mike Venturino's recommendation of using Windex with vinegar.

    Patch thoroughly, dry and lube. Done.

    The same applies to corrosive primed ammo. Just be sure to remove fouling from all affected surfaces (gas tubes, pistons, etc) preferably no later than the same day you shoot (particularly if you live in a high humidity climate) and you'll be fine.
     
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    Sheepdog Scout Behind you!

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    The jist
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcFKCTfKENc"]Corrosive Ammo and Cleaning Your Rifle - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Windex is mostly water. Water and potasium chloride from corrosive ammo create an enviroment to corrode similar to how a galvanic cell does in a battery.

    I soaked a few steel nails in 400 mL of windex and a gram of potasium chloride salt for 24 hours. Guess what happened.

    Plenty of corrosion. The salt molecules are obviously not restrained. Windex does not neutralize what can't be neutralized. Salt is neither an acid nor a base.

    If windex protects your barrel from corrsion, then Coppertone sunblock protects your skin from nuclear rod radiation.



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