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August 11, 2011, 05:16 PM
I recently acquired an old NEF single shot 12 gauge, and while the bore and action look good, there's some rust on the outside of the barrel toward the muzzle.

A few years ago, I found a product that advertised that it would remove rust without damaging the finish. I tried it on another gun, and it worked. I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS CALLED!!! It came in a little celophane bag that was sealed at the top with a paper tag stapled to it. It looked like a stainless steel pot scrubber, and it worked like a miracle.

Does anybody have any clue what product this was and where I can find it? I found it at a dealer booth at Wanenmacher's Gun Show last time.

August 11, 2011, 05:22 PM
Have no idea what you are referring to, but a wad of 4-0 steel & some oil works well. Also a dab of flitz / simichrome metal polish & rub with a patch & elbow grease is another cure.

Tip: After all metal surfaces are clean, smear a light coat of liquid 100% carnuba on & let it air dry. Buff off the haze with a soft cotton towel. Really makes the metal shine & beads water like crazy---really cheap long-term metal protection. Also do the same inside the bore.


50 shooter
August 11, 2011, 08:08 PM
Check Brownell's website, they might have what you're looking for.

August 11, 2011, 11:54 PM
+1 for Brownells. They are 1st rate for cleaning, service & repair supply products.
As for products that can remove or reduce rust, check out www.Gunzilla.us www.Eezox.com www.weaponshield.com www.Mpro7.com (the new LPX is very good for firearms), Hoppes, Birchwood-Casey.
The German Ballistol & Eezox are fan favorites of many forum members.

After you clean or strip the metal, you may want to consider having the firearm treated with www.Bearcoat.com or www.Black-T.com to prevent wear/rust & speed up cleaning.


Ideal Tool
August 12, 2011, 01:06 AM
Hello, Brasscatcher..Be aware that while the above methods are fine for removing surface rust, if the rust has progressed to any extent, there probably is pitting..there is no way to clean this up without polishing down to bottom of pits. I have found using a copper scraper works well to remove the rough stuff..don't use the late model penny though..their zink.

wild willy
August 12, 2011, 11:42 AM
Might have been big45metalcleaner

T. O'Heir
August 13, 2011, 01:38 AM
Sounds like a 'Scrub-rite'(guessing about the spelling/name) pad to me. However, like GURU1911 says, 0000 steel wool and oil works too. A light touch with a fine, brass, wire wheel in a bench grinder is faster. Eye protection is essential.

August 14, 2011, 09:04 AM
I may have the same pads - they are flat ribbons of stainless steel wool in a pad.

They worked very well for me, if I was careful.

Wet the rusted metal with Kroil for a period and allow it to penetrate the rust.

Rub gently with an oiled pad, but be careful on corners and edges of the blued surface.

The flat surfaces of the steel wool seem to "scrape off" the surface rust, while sliding across the blued surfaces.


August 14, 2011, 09:25 AM
That does sound like it, Monty.

Can you tell me what they are called, and if I can order them online?

August 14, 2011, 02:28 PM
Hi, Brasscatcher -

I looked it up on the Brownells website:


This appears to be the product which I purchased from my local gun store. I used it at their suggestion.

I hope this helps -


August 14, 2011, 03:18 PM
Thanks a heap, Monty!

I've added it to my favorites tab, so I'll know where to find it from now on.:)

wild willy
August 16, 2011, 08:12 PM

This stuff has been around for years if you bought it at a gun show good chance this is what it was

August 17, 2011, 08:15 AM
willy -

That may be the same product as from Brownells - thanks for sharing the name.


wild willy
August 17, 2011, 12:26 PM
Its $5.00 shipping included so unless you need something else from Brownells its a better price

Te Anau
August 21, 2011, 08:55 AM
The big45 cleaner is the real deal and truly works wonders.