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Basic care questions

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by James811, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. James811

    James811 Active Member

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    Hi everyone, I've been shooting a little, on and off for a few months. After a local trip to my fiances family's in Essex and going to a air rifle club I decided to buy a better rifle than what I had.

    I was was looking at a hw97 or possibly a bsa ultra but I eventually decided on a walther lgu and bought it this morning. I have to take it back tomorrow thou has the under lever has some rust on (don't mind, get to zero it again) ;).

    My my question is, what are the basic care routines I should use to ensure it stays as good as possible for as long as possible?

    I got some cleaning pellets with it too so I'll be putting one or two of those through it after each shooting session.

    What should I do to keep the outside of the rifle (both stock and metal work) in tip top shape and free from corrosion etc?

    Thanks for any help,
    James
     
  2. bf95

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    wipe down the metal with oily rag after every use and if not used for a while check every now and then and oil it, stop's it rusting too much as for the cleaning pellets i don't think it's really necessary after every shooting trip but every now and then won't hurt. as for stock i'm not sure i generally just wipe mine down with a old towel
     
  3. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    As above,

    if it's brand new I would give the barrel a good pull through first, this will remove any dirt or grease from manufacture.

    Once you find the best pellet for your barrel, it won't need cleaned until the grouping begins to open up:)
     
  4. James811

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    What is the best oil to use, special gun cleaning one or?
     
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    i use a tin of bisley gun oil, nothing special but if i remember rightly you don't want silicone in the oil? someone may correct me if i am wrong
     
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    hello, if it is brand new and already has a rust problem it would be a straight back to the shop and get a replacement,
     
  7. James811

    James811 Active Member

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    I'll have a look at the fun shop tomorrow for some oil.

    "I have to take it back tomorrow thou has the under lever has some rust on"
     
  8. mattyts

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    That's not necessarily true,a brand new gun can go from shiny to covered in rust spots in a matter of days if it's not oiled or taken care of.

    The first time I went out with a springer and put it away,couple of days later it was rusty due to condensation.

    The best stuff I've come across so far is Ballistol,it sets itself apart from other oils because it emulsifies with water instead of displacing it elsewhere,it's also safe to use with wood and plastics.
     
  9. ratman60

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    hello, yes matt but his is brand new and should have been checked over by the shop? i use to spend a lot of time in a gun shop and help out and when a shipment came in all were checked for such things as can happen as you mentioned or in transit from abroad like many air rifles now. anyway as long as james is happy and gets it sorted. as for the bally oil well recommended :up: but i prefere the oldy types so maybe i need to take advice :rolleyes:
     
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    im the same as you check them when they come in, and regularly oil them to prevent rusting, once someone has handled them wipe them down its just basic care and for there to be rust on a new one there is no excuse
     
  11. mattyts

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    A time scale would be useful,was it rusty out of the box? It amazes me that manufacturers ship guns full of grease on the inside but very little on the outside.

    You should try Ballistol,I've always used 3 in 1,bisley,WD40 etc but they all push water elsewhere,Ballistol takes on the water and neutralizes it instead of moving it to another component.

    I have some little Ballistol sachet wipes,if you want to try some,let me know and I'll mail you one :)
     
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    Can't beat Ballistol, I use it on all my shooting and fishing gear. Great stuff:up:. atb
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    They didn't have that at the shop so I got abbey gun oil, what sort of cloth should I use? Does it have to be cotton or can I use a polyester yellow duster or microfibre cloth I have in the cupboard?
     
  14. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    I wouldn't use cleaning pellets on a springer, you need a pull through, there's not enough back pressure on a springer to stop the piston ,your end up causing damage to your new gun, gun shop should have told you that :down:
     
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    Oh really? I've seen a few videos etc of people using them on springers which is why I got them. What about the oil?

    this is the one I got...
     
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    Just put some drops of oil on a 100% cotton cloth and gave all the metal work a wipe over. Seems to have removed finger prints and it contains a rust inhibitor so I'm guessing it's the kind of stuff I need to be using :)
     

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