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November 26, 2011, 07:28 PM
I have researched for a day or two looking into info on the internet regarding removing packing grease on a new shotgun. I've narrowed it down to what I think is the best 3 ways to go about this. 1) use hot water 2) brake cleaner 3) rubbing alcohol. Are these good enough for the task?

November 26, 2011, 10:22 PM
None of the above. Go to a hardware store and buy some mineral spirits (paint thinner) or use kerosene. Do this outside in open air. Please don't use brake cleaner. Use something with a low flash point.

November 27, 2011, 01:33 AM
See this about mineral spirits and keeping it off of wood. http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=469382

November 27, 2011, 04:28 AM
Appreciate it guys, will look into the mineral spirits. I think the low odor kind would be ideal.

November 27, 2011, 11:13 PM
Also, how important is removing the excess packing grease in a semi auto? Can I just cut it and not completely wipe it out?

November 28, 2011, 07:35 AM
What new guns come packed in grease these days?

Dave McC
November 28, 2011, 03:10 PM
Berettas and Remingtons, Slope, for preservatives, AKA Grease, inside.

Cleaned both out recently.

Neither stuck like cosmoline, but both required work and Hoppe's.

November 28, 2011, 04:40 PM
All I've seen was a film of oil.

November 28, 2011, 05:02 PM
Lots of the guns that come form overseas - like the Brownings ...have a lot of preservative in them.....( semi-autos / O/U's, etc ...)....

I'd suggest using WD-40 as a cleaner / and yes, it is really important that it all be cleaned out ...and the gun be properly lubed when you put it back together - in my opinion. For lube - I'd recommend Break Free.

November 28, 2011, 05:09 PM
my beretta didnt seem to have much of any packing grease in it. i gave it a few squirts of hoppes oil in the action, racked it a few times and then put 150 rounds through it with no problems.