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June 27, 2008, 10:59 PM
I received an old 12-gauge shotgun, I'm not going to post the specs because they're not really needed. Anyway This gun is in good shape except one thing. It's extremely dirty and has quite a bit of rust build up and I can't seem to get it clean to the point where rust stops coming out of the gun onto a clean cloth, I'm a little wary of this as i'm pretty cautious with my firearms. I was curious is there something I should try to do to clean the gun a little better than a normal cleaning kit, or should I just check into a new barrel for the gun, or possibly finding someone to clean it with a little more experience.

In addition, I find myself seriously wanting a new gun. While I know it's totally un-needed i'd like to get a new 12-gauge body with a folding stock and make it look a little more mean than my hunting weapons. Something fun to shoot. So I thought maybe it would be fun to see what you guys would like to do as far as a shotgun that'll be fun to shoot and look a little more mean than your traditional hunting shotgun. Also i'm trying to not go over $300 and around 2 would be ideal.

June 28, 2008, 12:24 AM
then use fine bronze wool to lightly go over surface. May need to repeat.
Might just take to reputable smith and havehim re-blue it and check out the mechanical.

Any manufacturer ID & model???

June 28, 2008, 05:00 AM
If Remington Brite Bore and a steelie doesn't clean it, then I'd judge, is there too much rust to shoot? A good clean 30 rounds of something like Federal 8 shot might loosen all that crap up. I'd fire some thru, push some brite bore patches down and finish her off with a good oversized steelie. Might be able to force some 4 aught steel wool down too, but make sure you clean it GOOD and get all the steel out of it - naturally do this with the bbl off.

If it still doesn't clean, a new bbl might be a good investment if the gun's in good cond.

June 28, 2008, 09:43 AM
If its the outside of the gun, Keep rubbing with a good oil. If its the inside of barrel, Take a bronze brush on a cleaning rod, Insert into a low speed drill, wrap a couple solvent soaked patches and go to work on it. Change the patches every few times up and down the barrel. The brissles of the brush come thru the patches enought to get at the rust and the patches soak up the slop from it.
If you want a new shotty, Go with a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500. Their two bullet proof shotguns that you will get years of use from.
If in doubt still with the oldie, Bring it to a good gunsmith and have him check it out. If its rusty to the point of pitting its the best and safest thing to do.
DONT SHOOT IT till you know whats under the rust! If the pitting is severe and you shoot it, You could have a problem.

June 28, 2008, 03:11 PM
I've got a Maverick 88 Security shotgun for my defense. It holds 8 with one in the pipe, factory 20 in. barrel, and I junked the factory stock and got me a top folder by Advanced Technologies from www.cheaperthandirt.com with a 5 shot shell holder on the stock. I absolutely love it. The shotgun was about 250 and the stock with the holder was about 60-70 bucks. Its a great setup. Shoots good from the waist in pistol grip, and shoots great from the shoulder folded out with a good feel of the pistol grip and good control. Heres a picture of my baby. Enjoy! :D