Cleaning rust on a barrel

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  1. offroader1994

    offroader1994 G&G Newbie

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    A guy at work was told that he could use automatic transmisson fluid to remove rust from his gun barrel. he tried it on a old single shot 16 gauge that he had sawed off. he said that it really shined the barrel up but he was wondering if it would do any damage to the firearm? ANY INFO would be great.
  2. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    it couldnt hurt it .
    it's just a type of oil.
    but by itself i dont see how it would do anything except get it oily.

    oil and 0000 steelwool will work.
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  3. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie

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    There are better products

    Well, I would clean any transmission fluids/oils
    from my firearm as this is a product not really made for firearms. If you go to a good automotive supply store (and some gunstores) you can find lighter weight (more fluid) products for rust removal that will be much more effective than transmission fluid/oils. Remove the rust, clean out the area, observe the area in sunlight to determine the amount of damage, consider smoothing the area with various grades of steel wool then reblue.
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    ATF is an excellent cleaner due to the high detergent content and wicking ability. For rust removal tho, I prefer RB-17 and 0000 steel wool or Kano Kroil.
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    Toolman is right. Automatic Transmission Fluid has a high amount of detergent in it. It also has soil suspenders and seal softners. These are all designed to prolong the life of an automatic transmission and I'm not too sure if they are good for your firearm. For sure if I did use them I would clean off all residue. I know this becuase I am an antomatic transmission rebuilder. Another thing, I cleaned some fairly heavy rust from a mod. 700 Rem. with WD-40 and 000 steel wool. Important thing is to get the rust stopped.
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    use hoppes no.9 and 0000 steel wool
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    "...do any damage to the firearm?..." If it removed the bluing it'll rust. There's nothing to stop it.
    0000 steel wool, a bit of light oil and some elbow grease will remove light rust without bothering the finish. A fine brass wire wheel in a bench grinder with a light touch is faster. Eye protection is mandatory with a wheel.
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    I have used ATF and 000 steel wool and have NEVER had a problem with the blue coming of.Also use Inox and that works a treat.My mates no4 mk2 rear sight was frozen from rust>I heated the sight up and chucked it into my Inox tub and left it for a couple days.When i picked it out it was working with a little bit of a play around with the knobs.Its some type of appeture sight.
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    ATF has detergent properties, it's not acidic.
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    No not acidic-but I think it has phosphorus in it and that is corrosive. I suppose the oil would counter this, but I don't think I would chance it.
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    I read on th web that Brake Fluid and 0000 steel wool will not harm the bluing. It was on a site that the Moose recommended somewhere.
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    Brake fluid wil also remove almost any type of paint or urethane stock finish, so I'd be extremely careful with it.
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    No worries toolman! Just a barreled receiver.
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    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    ATF is in the gun cleaning solvent i use on every one of my firearms new or old.
    ed's red.
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    SwedeSteve Freedom Zealot Forum Contributor

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    Thats right Billy. Do you add the aceone, or leave it out?
  16. billy

    billy G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    i added it.
    ive only made it once and i still have about 3 quarts after about 3 years.
    at this rate ive got 9 years to go before i need to make more!
    total cost?
    $30
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    Lepa4013 G&G Newbie

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    If I use synchromesh will the gun shift better?
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    WD-40 and 000 steel wool works best for me...
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    i dont use it on my guns, but ATF is not corrosive! can you imagine what it would do to all the steel parts inside a transmission if it was.
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