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April 11, 2009, 10:23 PM
I acquired an 1893 French Lebel rifle (8x50Rmm) which has substantial rust on both the action and barrel. How can I get this off without ruining the weapon?

April 12, 2009, 12:20 AM
A bronze wire wheel for an arbor motor. Lacking that, oil and 0000 steel wool.

April 12, 2009, 03:26 PM
thank you

April 14, 2009, 08:43 PM
I too have found that the 4/0 steel wool works well with no damage to the blueing. I use (shudder) WD-40 as the oil as it seems to loosen the rust better and faster than plain gun oil.

T. O'Heir
April 14, 2009, 08:56 PM
Sounds like it might be too far gone, but the brass or bronze wire wheel in a bench grinder and a light touch will take off surface rust(substantial rust may include heavy pitting) without bothering any finish. Eye protection is required.