Page 2 of 2

Re: Gun cleaning and storage

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:53 pm
by mundaire
A good substitute for cleaning plastic wad fouling/ residue from shotgun barrels (chiefly in/ around the chokes) is carb cleaner spray. Caution: KEEP WELL AWAY from wood and synthetic stocks. Also, make sure to wear rubber gloves (always good idea when cleaning your gun) to prevent skin irritation AND use in a well ventilated area. Also, while this works for shotgun barrel fouling, which is chiefly carbon and plastic wad residue, it wont work in rifle barrels where copper coated bullets leave behind copper residue. For that you need a copper solvent (which in turn is useless for cleaning plastic wad residue from shotgun barrels).

METHOD OF USE: Spray in the barrel and allow to penetrate the deposits for 10 minutes. After this when you look down the barrels, you will see the fouling curling up and it can now be removed easily using a suitable bronze/ brass brush. For excessive fouling, you may need to repeat this 2 - 3 times, but if you clean your shotgun barrels after every 500 rounds, one application should be fine.

For general use gun grease, you can try any fully synthetic aluminium soap based grease with NLG #0 or #1 (viscosity rating).

Oil or Grease? - oil for rotating parts, grease for sliding parts (most, but not all).

Here's a good article on the subject of gun lubrication - ... ation-101/

Feel free to add to, comment on the above or other substitutes that work for you.