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Old January 6, 2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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Surplus Ammo Question

I just picked up a case of surplus 7.62x54r for my mosin. Will ballistol clean the stuff that eats away at the bore?
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Old January 6, 2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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this is a well beat topic BTW

hot soapy water
hot (cause it dries quicker)
soapy (gets the water under the fouling and oil)
water, cause it's the water that dissolves the corrosive salts and carries them away...
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Old January 6, 2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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Generic Windex. Not the expensive stuff, the cheap knockoffs. I pour an inch or so into a plastic tub (like a butter tub), heat for a bit in the microwave, pull the bolt from the Mosin, muzzle down in the solution and drag a patch up and down, drawing the solution through the barrel. Pour a bit down the breach, use the patch to wide down, then patches to dry and light oil.

Or pony up for non-corrosive ammo.
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Old January 6, 2013, 08:59 PM   #4
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I don't own a mosin personally but my brother takes cheap windex to the range with him and when hes done sprays down the bore and chamber getting it nice and wet and runs a bore snake through it, repeats this a couple times and cleans like any other gun when he gets home. After a few years and a lot of shooting his bore still looks new.
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Old January 7, 2013, 12:40 PM   #5
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Dunno much about Ballistol...but I cotton flannel patch out my bores {whether shooting corrosive/non-corrorsive ammo} with Simple Green solution, or a 1/3 mixture of: Simple Green, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol --- brush out the bore with your favorite copper cleaner --- flush out the copper cleaner with Hoppes #9 patches, dry patch out; then oil down.
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Old January 7, 2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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Ballistol was made to clean out corrosive residue. It is water based. Though I still use water. I spray cheap ammonia down the chamber, and bore. Let it soak till I get home. I then spray some more, and wait a few minutes. I pour hot, as in hot from the tap hot water to flush it out with. Rinse one more time. I then run a few dry patches. Then clean like normal. The ammonia helps to get the copper fouling out as well. Lots of blue liquid, will come out of the barrel.
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